Essential Items and Packing List
Equipment and Clothing.
Rucksack- 65 Litres maximum – line with strong plastic bag. Ideally bigger enough to occasinally fit day sack in top
• Choose one with a number of separate compartments (eg side pouches and a bottom section). Useful to have a zipped section at top.
• Good waist belt & well-padded shoulder straps.
• Bright colour – more likely to spot it being ‘accidentally’ unloaded from the bus!
• Strong material.
When packing we suggest being organised; it will make your life much easier and you will be able to spot things being planted on you. Items you will often use need to be in a compartment that can be easily reached. Stuff sacks are a great way to assist with this.
Objective’s Essential Travel Items list.
• Money belt – with a clip fastener.
• Day sack: 15 - 20L max.
• First Aid kit + sterile needle set.
• Head torch/small torch. The Petzl Zipka or Tikka LED head torch is recommended.
• Hats appropriate to environment.
• 2 x Padlock (for lockers, rucksacks + small chain – combination not key).
• Sun cream- with high UVA protection.
• Water bottle (perhaps with built in purification filter) + purification tablets.
• Penknife/leatherman – make sure it’s not in your hand luggage when flying!
• Sleeping bag liner- cotton or silk.
• Travel Towel or extra sarongs to use as towel
• Mosquito net.
• Insect repellent – suggest with DEET content of 30 -50% or use organic variants eg PreVent.
• Wet wipes/alcohol wipes – keeping hands hygienic will prevent diarrhoea.
• Series of stuff sacks for clothes, gadgets etc.
• Sleeping bag or lightweight quilt/poncho.
• Whistle/rape alarm.
• Mug & knife, fork & spoon.
• Mini binoculars – ideal for birds and wildlife (thoroughly recommend).
• Compass - if travelling in remote areas.
• Cagoule/waterproof jacket/poncho
- Universal sink plugs as all stolen in hostels
• Travel head pillow or empty pillow case - use your clothes to make a pillow
• Medical book – Bugs Bites or Bowels, Traveller’s Health or Rough Guide to Travel Health.
• Cargo strap to use as safety belt on buses when not provided (often!)
• Door Lock.
• Travel wash.
• Tupperware of useful things
• Sewing kit.
• Masking tape.
• Space blanket.
• Universal power adaptor.
• Digital camera.
• Digital card reader – for ease of downloading photos onto Internet.
• Mobile phone, Smart phone (wifi in hostels) & pehaps old Nokia for street use
• Sim card reader protector.
• Power Bank - Power Monkey/ extra charging device
• Solar chargers for Ipods/mobiles.
Clothes and Footwear
We suggest only taking the minimum; good cheap clothes can be bought overseas. If you are going to harsh climates or trekking, then a little more warm clothing may be needed, but layering is the best solution. Don’t take any military style clothing and avoid white clothes (difficult to keep clean).
• 2 x long baggy cotton or linen trousers.
• 2 x cotton long sleeve shirts.
• A few T-shirts.
• 2 pairs shorts.
• Sarong or equivalent- (ideal for visiting temples/mosques).
• Fleece or sweatshirt.
• 1 x non-crease skirt (for the girls).
• Wash bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, liquid soap/soap in dish, razors)
• Leggings for girls
We suggest you are likely to need:
• Pair of sturdy footwear. Trainers/ cross trainers or Gore-Tex walking boots.
• Pair of flip-flops or sandals (teva sandals with rear ankles straps are very practical, even if not a fashion item!).
• Possible pair of flat shoes
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