Do your homework before you pack
The main consideration when packing for your adventure is that your clothes and equipment should be appropriate for the conditions you’ll be travelling in - this will vary depending on which part of the world you're heading to, and at what time of year. If there’s any trekking included, or if you want to go trekking as an optional activity, then please make sure you also bring suitable walking footwear with ankle support.
It’s worth researching the climate and altitudes of the areas you'll be travelling to, so that you know what to expect and what sort of clothing you should take. You can get great climate advice in guidebooks, on the internet, or by contacting our knowledgeable sales team! And remember even when it's warm during the day, it can often get cold at night, particularly in desert regions or at high altitude.
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Here's what we recommend as a general guide when packing. Please be aware that this is a very general list, and is not comprehensive for every trip and every region - please make sure you consider where you will be travelling to and when, and which activities you'll be involved in on your trip. As always, if you have any questions, doubts or worries, then please contact our expert sales team for advice.
- Large rucksack to pack your clothes, sleeping bag, etc.
- A smaller day-pack for short hikes in the countryside, exploring cities, etc., and for keeping inside the vehicle for items you’ll use during the day.
- Assorted-size plastic bags to protect your clothing and equipment from dust and damp while packed in your main luggage.
- 2 sets of comfortable travelling clothes (light, easily-washable cotton clothes are best).
- 1 set of casual but smart clothes for evenings out. Men should bring a pair of trousers and women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf if you visiting any places of worship.
- 2 pairs of shorts.
- Sun hat or warm hat if trekking.
- 1 pair of sunglasses.
- Warm sweater/fleece.
- 1 waterproof jacket with hood.
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes/boots (or ankle height canvas jungle boots) if trekking.
- 1 pair of sandals or flip-flops.
- Underwear and socks (thermals are also a good idea if you are travelling to altitude or to the desert, as it can get very cold at night).
- 2 small towels.
- Washing kit and any toiletries you need, including a small mirror.
- "Wet Ones" (moistened tissues) and hand gel.
- Small personal first aid kit and any medications that you need or may need.
- Sun cream, lip-salve, and after-sun.
- Mosquito repellent.
- A good water bottle of at least 1 litre capacity.
- Head torch/flashlight with spare batteries and bulbs (only the 3 standard sizes of round 1.5v batteries will be widely available en route).
- Multi-plug travel adaptor and any charging cables you need.
- Camera with spare memory card and batteries.
- Passport photos.
- Photocopies of your passport and any visas you have obtained for the trip.
- A pouch or money-belt worn inside your clothing, or an unobtrusive pocket sewn into the inside of a pair of loose fitting trousers.
- Phone with alarm clock and calculator (useful when exchanging money).
- Writing materials and notebook/diary.
- Sleeping bag (if camping) – please check the expected climate en route. Nights in the desert and mountain regions can be very cold, as can any regions at high altitude.
- Sleeping mattress or compressed foam (if camping).
- Travel pillow.
- Cotton sleeping bag liner (if camping) - this will help keep your sleeping bag clean, and can be used on its own on warm nights.