CHECKLIST FOR JUNGLE TRIP
Flashlight and batteries (if weight is a problem, you can buy both flashlight and batteries in Peru)
Mosquito repellent – should have DEET 20% or more – must buy in US or other country
Hat or visor or bandana
Small and medium ziplock plastic bags for items that shouldn’t get wet – and a couple of regular plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes, boots
Passport or Peruvian ID
Lightweight quick-drying clothing, including some long sleeved shirts and pants for night wear
Pants with zip off legs are good
(Blue jeans do not dry easily if they become wet, and they are quite heavy to carry around wet)
Take at least 3-4 outfits, no matter what your length of stay is – if you wash clothes and there is no sun, it can take several days for things to dry. A suggestion is one outfit per day.
Camera and film, battery and charger
Small backpack or daypack for walking, hiking
Pancho raincoat (can buy in Peru)
Small notebook and pen/pencil to record notes
2 pair of shoes/boots – they should be comfortable and either waterproof or repellent or quick drying like Converse-type tennis shoes, socks
One pair of flipflops or waterproof sandals
Medication if you are taking it – both personal medication and malaria meds
Small packs of Kleenex type tissues or toilet paper
Wet wipes can be very useful
For people who are sensitive to the heat, a small battery-powered fan, approx 6-8 inches is ideal
No vaccinations are required for Peru. However it is suggested to have:
Hepatitis A (series of 2) lifetime
Hepatitis B (series of 3) lifetime
Typhoid – good for 2 years
Tetanus/diphtheria – good for 5-10 years
Yellow Fever – good for 10 years and will be needed if you plan to go to jungle of another country (Colombia, Brasil)
It is also suggested that you take anti-malaria pills. Your doctor or the health dept will advise you on which pills to take.
Cell phones do not work in jungle, so please advise loved ones and associates that you will be out of range for the time you are in the jungle.
It is advised that you do not bring any expensive jewelry or any items that might be ruined due to dirt or wetness.
Exchange money for small denomination coins after you are in Peru. Frequently people cannot make change for even small bills in the jungle.
Drink only bottled water and soft drinks, and avoid ice, fruits and vegetables that might have been washed in dirty water, raw foods, except in those restaurants that are known and have good reputations.