Main bag – You will need a rucksack, 50 litre minimum capacity, ideally with a waterproof cover. You need to be able to carry it on your back comfortably when hiking through the forest, although this will only be for fairly short distances.
Day bag/small rucksack – Needed for carrying water, paper, pens, binoculars, cameras etc. We recommend finding one with a waterproof cover.
Waterproof plastic/zip lock bags – These are very useful to keep the water out of your kit and clothes. You can line your rucksack with a bin/garbage bag and have smaller bags for clothes and items like your camera.
Sleeping bag or sleeping sheet – A light sleeping bag is recommended – the temperature rarely drops below about 20 degrees.
Water bottle/platypus – A combination of leak-proof plastic bottles (total capacity 2 litres) is imperative. The ‘hydration systems’ on the market (Platypus, camelback, Ortileb) have the advantage of packing flat when not in use.
Strong head torch – Night-time opportunistic walks require the strong headlamps. Please note that the small headlamp models are no good for spotlighting nocturnal wildlife such as snakes and amphibians, etc, but are excellent back-up torches. Don’t forget spare batteries!
Waterproof jacket – Rainfall is heavy in this part of the world, so a plastic poncho or lightweight rainjacket is invaluable. Expensive heavyweight Gore-Tex raincoats are not recommended – they are hot and may get snagged and torn
Watch with alarm – It doesn’t have to be anything technical. A travel alarm clock will also do.
Biodegradable soap/shampoo – To minimise impact on the environment we ask all volunteers to bring ‘green’ detergents.
Insect repellant – For any projects where you will be handling or in close proximity to animals (in particular amphibians) you will need a non DEET based repellent. However for other times DEET based repellents are fine. Many of our staff use Mosi-guard which can be bought from Amazon.
Sunblock – Factor 30, minimum, is recommended.
Talcum powder/antifungal powder – This is invaluable to help prevent and combat athletes foot/other fungal infections
Sanitary pads/tampons – Please bring a supply even if you do not expect to use them
Travel towel/sarong – Don’t bring a big thick towel as it won’t dry quickly enough.
Binoculars – These are really helpful to see much of the wildlife in the forest. 8 X 40 are the best to bring.
Camera – You will have lots of opportunities to take pictures but please bring a waterproof carrying case or zip lock bag for the camera.
Notebook and pencils – Essential for all projects
For the forest you should bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Synthetic (wicking) fabric is the best as it is quick drying, but cotton is kinder to the skin. Don’t forget to buy your Opwall t-shirt from here!
Hiking boots/Jungle boots – Should be comfortable, quick drying, and have ankle support.
Wellington/rubber boots – These are essential for some parts of the forest, and to act as a second pair of waterproof footwear for wearing around camp or if/when your other boots get soaked.
Gaitors – It can be very muddy so if you are wearing hiking boots rather than wellies, gators are useful.
Flip flops/sandals – 1 pair. Anything that allows your feet to air out during the evening.
Lightweight long baggy trousers – 3 pairs. Some that zip off at the knee are ideal for river surveys.
Shorts – 2 pairs
T-shirts – 5
Fleece top – 1
Long sleeved shirt – 2
Swim suit/board shorts – There is a pool at the hotel in Georgetown.
Socks – Enough for 1 week. Hiking socks worn over cotton socks can be better for long treks.
Underwear – Enough for 2 weeks
Sunglasses – A good pair are important to protect your eyes from the glare reflected from the water
Nightwear/Pyjamas – You will be in shared accommodation!
Although every expedition will have its own medical supplies, and medical teams on site, you MUST carry your own personal medical kit
Sea/travel sickness tablets