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The ultimate adventure travel packing guide

Amazon Adventure Travel

Deciding what to pack for Amazon adventure travel requires more forethought than planning a lazy beach vacation. For instance, Jungles are special places, and that means needing specific gear so you can focus on being in the moment without worrying about what you did or didn’t pack. We’ve put together the adventurists packing guide to help get you sorted.

the adventurists packing guide amazon adventure

The first order of business on your adventurists packing guide for amazon adventure travel is your clothes. In the damp Amazon rainforest, quick-drying clothes that can be layered are the adventurists best friend. Breathable cotton will keep your body cool in the heat, but a fleece or wool jumper is necessary if it cools down at night. A lightweight rain jacket with some ventilation or poncho is a must. But, you don’t want to overpack. One change of clothes, a hat to protect you from the sun, durable socks and some trusty trekking shoes is plenty. If you get too wet, you’ll have a spare set of clothes to wear while the others dry.

When putting together your list of what to pack for your next Amazon adventure, gear is of utmost importance. A compass, small multi-tool, some plastic bags to protect your passport, camera, and other valuables from the elements are must-haves. A durable, lightweight pack to stow all these things away like those found on Nomad Traveler will keep your important gear packed away safe on your back, so you can put all of your attention on the amazing adventure in front of you.

the adventurists packing guide amazon adventure

No packing guide for adventure travel would be complete without mentioning self care. Environmentally friendly soap and shampoo, biodegradable toilet paper, a small first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, toothpaste, and fragrance-free deodorant will make the trip more pleasant for you and the adventurists traveling with you. Lastly, no respectable adventurists ultimate packing guide would be worthy of the title if we didn’t tell you to stay hydrated. A durable water carrier and reusable water filter will ensure you always have some H2O handy.


  • Long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts
  • Quick-dry convertible pants
  • Swimming costumes
  • Microfiber lightweight fleece for cooler nights
  • Peaked cap with neck cover / Bandana / Buff for sun protection
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts


  • Trainers/Trekking shoes
  • Gum/Wellington Boots
  • Sandals or flip-flops


  • 80 – 100 litre duffle bag or backpack (incl. waterproof cover)
  • Small daypack for carrying personal items (incl. waterproof cover)
  • 2 – 3 litre platypus/camelback water carrier and 1 x water bottle
  • Torch and/or Head torch – ideally with infrared light
  • Quick-dry Towel
  • Camera with charger and memory cards
  • Dry bags to store documents and electronics
  • Laundry Bag (preferably waterproof)
  • Sunglasses
  • Lighter, matches, candles, extra batteries
  • High-energy snacks, such as cereal bars, peanuts etc.
  • Energy tablets/ Electrolyte replacement tablets for adding to drinking water
  • Multi-purpose tool (Leatherman/Gerber/Swiss army knife or similar. Always keep in hold luggage during flights!
  • iPod/MP3 player/portable speakers
  • Ear plugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Mobile telephone with charger and adapter


  • Mosquito repellent (ideally fisherman’s stuff). Make sure to bring plenty and store it in different places for easy access.
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (at least factor 30+), lip balm and after sun
  • Wet wipes for personal hygiene
  • 1 x toilet roll or packs of travel tissues
  • Shampoo and shower products (ideally biodegradable)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contact lenses & solutions for wearers. A pair of glasses as back up


  • Paracetamol / Ibuprofen / Aspirin
  • Antihistamines
  • Plasters / blister kit / zinc oxide tape
  • Rehydration powder (dioralyte)
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets (Imodium)
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Muscle rub / deep heat / ibuprofen gel
  • Vaseline petroleum jelly / chamois cream
  • Any personal medication that has been prescribed by a GP or clinic – split between hold and hand luggage


  • Passport and photocopy of passport – stored separately from passport in case passport goes missing
  • 1 passport sized photo – stored separately from passport in case passport goes missing
  • Travel insurance certificate and 24 hr emergency contact telephone number for insurance company
  • USD and local currency in mixed denominations
  • Credit Card / additional funds to cover trip curtailment costs if necessary

Most importantly, of course, is to pack ethically. Using eco-friendly products from socially responsible companies such as Nomad Traveler will protect you and the environment, allowing us all to have more  adventures in the days ahead.

Read more: Amazon Jungle Adventure – what’s it all about?