Main bag – You will need a rucksack, 50 litre minimum ideally with a waterproof cover. You need to be able to carry it on your back comfortably when hiking through the forest with several days’ worth of supplies.
Day bag/small rucksack – Needed for your field work for carrying water, paper, pens, binoculars, cameras etc.
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.
Roll mat or thermarest – Necessary for both warmth and comfort in the forest. Roll mats can be purchased cheaply, whereas Thermarests are more of an investment (be sure to buy a repair kit).
Sleeping bag – A warm, 2-3 season sleeping bag is recommended as it can get down to around 10 degrees at night time.
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 unpredictable 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. Please bring personal soap such as lifestyles or mountain suds as unfortunately, biodegradable soap is not available in Honduras.
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.
Taclcum powder – This can 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.
Latin American/Spanish phrase book or dictionary –
Binoculars – These are really useful 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.
Laptop and other dissertation-specific equipment – You will need a laptop to work on and to analyse your data, but make sure you also discuss any project-specific equipment that you might need to bring with your supervisor.
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 – Useful for walking around camp after heavy rainfall and on short treks. Essential for amphibian dissertations!
Flip flops/sandals – 1 pair
Lightweight long baggy trousers – 3 pairs
Shorts – 2 pairs – one could be board shorts
T-shirts – 5
Fleece top – 1
Long sleeved shirt – 2
Thermal underwear – 1 set
Warm Hat – 1
Swim suit/bikini/board shorts – 1
Socks – Enough for 1 week. Hiking socks worn over cotton socks can be better for long treks.
Underwear – Enough for 2 weeks
Sunglasses – Useful during your transfer to and from the forest and for hikes in more open areas of forest
Nightwear/Pyjamas – You will be in shared accommodation!
Although every expedition will have its own medical supplies you MUST carry your own personal medical kit.