Long Pants and Sleeves | Wearing long sleeves and trousers is a good idea to shield yourself from those annoying jungle mosquitoes and biting flies. Also, apparently mosquitoes tend to favor darker colors over lighter ones. Moreover, lighter-colored clothing makes it easier to spot other insects crawling on you and keeps you cool.
T-Shits and Shorts | We recommend to also pack shorter clothes for your stay in the lodge as the Amazon can get pretty hot during the day. Do not forget to apply mosquito repellent though to keep the mosquitoes away.
Reusable Water Bottle | Lodges typically offer filtered water, so remember to bring your reusable bottle for refills. It’s a good idea to have a 1 to 1.5-liter bottle to make sure you stay well-hydrated, especially on longer hikes.
Insect Repellent | The most effective mosquito repellents tend to be the strong DEET or picaridin sprays. Our trusty Autan Multi Insect spray was incredibly good in keeping the insects away. We had the feeling that the new repellent we bought in Lima with 15% DEET didn’t work as well. So, our advice is to bring the reliable stuff from home to ensure a mosquito-free experience.
Sunscreen | While the trees provide shade during jungle walks, during the boat rides the sun will be shining directly onto you. Therefore, don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen, and lots of it, considering that you’ll need to reapply it frequently as it washes off with sweat.
Daypack | Also bring a smaller backpack, ideally between 10 to 20 liters, for your jungle walks. With unpredictable rain showers, having a waterproof daypack can be a real lifesaver to protect your valuables.
Flip Flops | After hiking in rubber boots for hours, you will want your feet to breathe during the breaks and in the evenings.
Sweatband or Sweatrag | Expect to sweat a lot during your hike. It’s better to wipe your face with a sweat rag than your mosquito-repellenty sleeves or dirty hands.
Powerbank | It may differ from lodge to lodge but ours had electricity only from 6-9 p.m. To ensure that your camera and phone will have enough battery to capture those special moments, make sure to bring a powerbank with you.
Swimwear and Towel | Some tours offer you the opportunity to have a quick swim in the river and in case you don’t want to miss it, pack your swimsuit.
Flashlight or Headlight | If your tour includes night walks, it’s important to bring a flashlight or, even better, a headlamp with you. The jungle is very dark in the night and you don’t want to accidentally step on anything that could attack you.
Dry Shampoo | Dry shampoo will be your hero, if you don’t want to wash your hair every day. Just a few sprays and your hair will look fresh again.