There are many sources out there advising what to pack for general camping to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible.
But what do you pack if you choose to spend your camping vacation deep in the middle of the rainforests in some far away country?
The following tips and guidelines should provide some insight as to what to pack to survive as comfortably as possible in such a wild and fierce environment.
First and foremost, and the most important thing that you bring into the jungle, is to hire an experienced jungle guide that is native to the area. Only he can get you in and out of the jungle safely. He will also know all of the pitfalls associated with hiking and camping in the forests.
The key for a successful jungle camping experience is to pack as light as possible. Hiking through the rainforests is extremely difficult and you don’t want to be burdened with heavy equipment and supplies.
For sleeping purposes, a special camping hammock with attached mosquito netting is all that is needed. It’s lightweight, portable and easy to pack.
Wear lightweight and fast-drying clothing items and bring an extra pair of good socks. You will also need to wear knee-high rubber boots since the jungle floor is constantly muddy and there are swamps throughout.
A good, lightweight, waterproof backpack is mandatory to carry all of your things. The following are additional camping essentials that you will need to pack into your backpack.
- Good mosquito repellent with deet
- Knife consisting of tools
- Food items
- Fishing line and hook (to catch dinner in local rivers)
- Lightweight plastic dish, cup and fork
- Machete (to assist with setting up camp and for trailblazing purposes)
- Binoculars (optional) for wildlife spotting