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Borneo Kit List

Indonesia

General Items

Main bag – You will need a rucksack, 50 litre minimum capacity.

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.

Lightweight sleeping bag – Nothing too thick, as it rarely gets below 20 degrees Celsius

Water bottle/platypus – A combination of leak-proof plastic bottles (total capacity 3 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 stronger Petzl headlamps. Please note that the ‘mini Petzl’ 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 Indonesia.

Insect repellent – 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. Please ensure it is a coral friendly sunblock if you intend to use it in the water.

Talcum powder/anti fungal 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. Quick dry travel towels are ideal for the forest, though can be expensive. Sarongs can also work well, and are great for the marine site.

Indonesian phrase book

Binoculars – These are really essential 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 – Please try to keep a field diary of your activities and species seen

Clothing 

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 here!

Hiking boots/Jungle boots – Should be comfortable, quick drying, and have ankle support.
Wellington/rubber boots – Not essential but useful for walking around camp and on short treks
Flip flops/sandals – 1 pair
Lightweight long trekking trousers – 2-3 pairs
Shorts – 1-2 pairs
Long baggy trousers for around camp/at the marine site – 2-3 pairs
T-shirts – 4-5
Vest tops/loose tops for marine site 3-4
Fleece top – 1
Long sleeved shirt – 2
Swim suit/board shorts – 1
Socks – Enough for 1 week. Hiking socks worn over cotton socks can be better for the longer 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!

Marine-specific equipment

PADI Crew Pack: If you’re undertaking dive training on your expedition you will see that we have also added Dive Training Materials to your internal travel invoice (if on an RA or Dissertation program) or final balance invoice (if on a school program) – this is the pack needed by anyone learning to SCUBA dive with us. In the past we have asked students to buy these independently, which takes time and effort, and so we are now arranging this on your behalf. You will be emailed with electronic access to your dive training materials closer to your expedition start date.

Proof of dive qualification – If you are already a qualified diver, we will require proof of your dive qualifications on site. We do accept non-PADI qualifications, as long as it is equivalent to or more advanced than PADI Open Water.

Essential Dive equipment 

All the equipment listed below is essential for diving projects. You can bring your own or hire onsite (with the the exception of a wetsuit and booties). Hire costs will be included in your final invoice.

Buoyancy Control Device
Regulator
Fins
Mask and snorkel
Wetsuit – A wetsuit is essential. We strongly recommend a 3mm long wetsuit. A shorty is not recommended as it is usually a little too cold, but if you don’t feel the cold and already have a shorty you could wear it over a rash vest for extra warmth.
Dive booties – Essential

Non-essential dive equipment

Rash vest – Can be worn under a wetsuit when it is cold.

Dive watch/computer or waterproof watch – A timing device is a requirement under PADI regulations for qualified divers. However you will always be with Divemasters who are timing the dives. You can buy a simple Casio W800 watch waterproof to 100m (not that you will be going any deeper than 18 metres – however they are more reliable) for approximately £15 on Amazon.

Medical Kit

Although every expedition will have its own medical supplies, and medical teams on site, you MUST carry your own personal medical kit
Antihistamine tablets
Antihistamine/hydrocortisone cream
Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Rehydration salts
Plasters/band aids
Alcohol wipes
Sea/travel sickness tablets
Swim ear or equivalent
Prescribed medications

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