Travel trips

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General information 

ESSENTIALS

  • One backpack, sturdy duffel bag, or easily managed suitcase.
  • Daypack
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots comfortable for walking
  • Sandals or shoes you don't mind getting wet
  • Money belt or pouch. Leave your wallet at home - they make easy targets for pickpockets in the city.
  • Personal medications
  • Camera, film, and waterproof case
  • Clothing - Generally, Caquetá is quite hot, but during the evenings if it rains, it can cool down quite a bit. Fast drying clothes that can be layered work best.

Tips for Clothing 

  • Light, water-resistant jacket that will keep you warm on a cool evening or during a sudden downpour, yet can be stuffed away or worn loosely on a warm day
  • Cheap rain poncho - the lodges have ponchos, but it's best to be prepared!
  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Two pair of shorts and/or swimming trunks
  • Bathing suit
  • One to two pairs of pants - one that can be worn to a nice restaurant or club, and another rugged pair for hiking in the rainforest
  • One long sleeve shirt or blouse and 2-3 short sleeve shirts - a long sleeve cotton shirt is great for the jungle.
  • Three pair of cotton socks
  • Underwear

 Other useful items 

  • Extra pair of eye-glasses
  • Anti-bacterial soap, toilettes, or gel such as Purell
  • Sunblock of at least 15 SPF - the tropical sun is strong
  • Insect repellant with DEET (diethyl-metatoluamide)
  • Anti-itch cream for insects bites
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries, etc
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun/ rain hat
  • Plastic bags (zip lock bags and a larger trash bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Small padlock to lock your bag shut
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Writing materials for traveling thoughts and addresses
  • First Aid Kit that might include:
    • Pepto-bismol for mild diarrhea
    • Throat lozenges
    • Motion sickness medication
    • Sunburn salve such as aloe vera gel
    • Aspirin or other pain killer
    • Antibiotics for travelers diarrhea (TD)
    • Antacid tablets
    • Band-Aids
    • Ace Bandage
    • Mole skin for blister