You're gonna get wet and its going to be great, It's just a Jungle thing.........but these tips will help-a lot!
We have traveled to the tropical rainforests in Honduras and Costa Rica. Your gear will vary if you are camping/hiking on your own, or staying in a lodge. Either way, you can't go wrong with these tips.
LET'S START WITH CLOTHES.
I don't want to be a NAG, so I will say this once, no COTTON, it is so hard to dry in the jungle.
If you are shopping online for any of these items below, just type in Moisture Wicking, then the item.
It may cost a little more, but worth it!
Just know, climates and personal situations and reactions to the elements will be different.
TIP: If its your first trip OR you are on a budget, to GO TO YOUR LOCAL THRIFT STORE ! I have found some killer deals there, some items still have tags!
Even estate sales (my preference) or garage sales, if you have the time. If you don't own a suitcase without wheels, this would be a good place to get a large duffel bag or old suitcase. Luggage wheels don't work to well in the jungle.
Okay, moving on...............
ON TO SOAP.
Hey folks, its gotta be Biodegradable in the tropical forests.
Whether you go to a lodge (as fancy as they might be) or you're camping, you need to bring biodegradable soap so you don't pollute the water and soil in and around the delicate Rainforest bio-sphere. This includes shampoo and conditioner.
Phosphates, which are found in most soaps, cannot be broken down in the soil by natural bacteria, therefore they may end up in the natural waters and eventually can kill plants and animals. Keeping the "natural" balance is so very important for sustaining these wild and wonderful areas. If you are in a lodge, please use their drains, even for the biodegradable soap. The deposits still should be away from water sources.
If you are camping, the dish soap needs to be biodegradable and the waste water should be poured into a shallow hole at in the soil at least 200 feet from any water source.
Here is a biodegradable soap we love! LINK
OTHER REALLY GOOD "STUFF" TO BRING.
Excitement, Open Heart And Mind - If you can bring it, you certainly with leave with it!
Let us know what your favorite items are, for the Jungle! Share the Jungle LOVE! Please comment below.