Packing for the Amazon


  • Lightweight, earth or dark-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and T–shirts
  • Shorts (for the lodge)
  • Underwear (we recommend 2 pairs per day)
  • Gore-tex jacket (optional)
  • Lightweight rain jacket / windbreaker (Rain ponchos will be provided for lodge activities when necessary.)
  • Sunhat or cap
  • Swimwear
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes / sneakers
  • Waterproof sandals (Tevas or similar)
  • Cotton socks (We recommend tall socks that do not slip easily inside rubber boots. 2 pairs per day are ideal.)

Personal Care:

  • Sunscreen (waterproof, SPF 45 or higher and, if possible, all natural)
  • DEET-free insect repellent
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Extra eye glasses / contact lenses
  • Small day pack
  • Personal medication to last for the duration of your trip
  • Personal first aid kit (optional)


  • Camera with additional camera gear (charger, rechargeable batteries, etc.)
  • Additional flash memory
  • Binoculars (one pair can be shared by a small group)
  • Strong headlamp (or flashlight / torch) plus extra batteries (We ask that you bring rechargeable batteries, thus not contributing to the contamination of the forest.)
  • Rubber boots / Wellies – normally lodges supply sizes 5/35 to 10.5/45. (Should you require a size above 45, you may consider bringing your own.)
  • Water bottle (some lodges supply them) Please do not introduce disposable plastic water bottles into the rainforest.
  • Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain)
  • Zip-lock bags for wet clothing and electronic equipment

Money & Security:

  • Passport and colour copy
  • US cash in small denominations ($1s to $20s) for bar services, tips and souvenirs (Some lodges accept Visa and MasterCard – please verify with us beforehand.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

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