Essential Items and Packing List
Equipment and Clothing
Rucksack - 65 litres maximum – Line with strong plastic bag. Ideally bigger enough to occasionally fit a daysack in the top.
• Choose one with a number of separate compartments (side pouches and a bottom section). Useful 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 Check List:
• Money belt – with a clip fastener or Stretchy Spi-Belt Pouch
• Day sack: 15 - 20L max.•
• First-aid kit and sterile needle set.
• Head torch/small torch. The Lifesystems head torch is recommended.
• Hats appropriate to environment.
• 2 x Padlocks (for lockers, rucksacks plus small chain – combination lock not key).
• Sun cream - with high UVA and UVB protection.
• Water bottle, perhaps with built-in purification filter) plus purification tablets Water bottle & Water Bottle Purification Cap
• Penknife/leatherman – make sure it’s not in your hand luggage when flying!
• Sleeping bag liner - cotton, silk or artificial 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 e.g. PreVent.
• Wet wipes/alcohol wipes – keeping hands hygienically clean will prevent diarrhoea.
Useful items to take when Travelling and Backpacking:
• Series of stuff sacks for clothes, gadgets etc.
• Whistle / Rape alarm.
• Mug & knife, fork & spoon.
• Mini binoculars – ideal for birds and wildlife (thoroughly recommended).
• Compass - if travelling in remote areas.
• Cagoule/waterproof jacket/poncho.
• Universal sink plug 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.
Travel Electrical Goods:
• Universal power adaptor.
• Digital camera.
• Digital card reader – for ease of downloading photos onto Internet.
• Mobile phone, Smart phone (wifi in hostels) & perhaps old Nokia for street use.
• Power Bank - Extra charging device.
• Solar chargers for mobiles / ipads.
Lightweight 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.
Suggested Comfortable Footwear:
We suggest you are also 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!)
• Possibly a pair of flat shoes.
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