Rainforest and Jungle Travel Tips.
Not everyone that travels with us is an old hat in the jungle. So we’ve compiled our top jungle travel tips so you can have the best time possible in an awesome place like Costa Rica.
Top of the list of jungle travel tips is to banish any ideas of I’m a Celebrity from your mind. We’re guessing that you’re not a pampered celeb who’s going to break down at the first sign of any wildlife, especially the crawly kind. The second thing to bear in mind is that you’re not going to be asked to eat anything unmentionable (unless you want to of course) and lastly, unless you want to relive that scene at the start of Indiana Jones, respect the places you visit. Take only pictures and memories and leave only footprints.
Other than that there’s some basic jungle travel tips to consider if you want to make the most of a visit to the rainforest and jungle. This is exactly what you’ll need on a trip like our Totuguero Costa Rica Tour.
What to wear
1. A light raincoat or poncho…
Absolutely number one on our list of jungle travel tips. The clue is somewhat in the name but it’s fair to say it rains in the rainforest! In our experience you’d expect to get two to three hours of sun a day and that means the rest is rain. Certainly check if the tour operator provides equipment but many don’t. We can safely say don’t leave home without this one.
2. Sensible, long sleeve tops…
Breathable clothing is the key, think loose fitting but maybe leave the kaftan at home. It’s an inevitable that you will sweat in the jungle as the humidity is that high. Don’t worry though; everyone else will too so you won’t be alone. Ideally you want to go for long sleeves to protect you from the mosquitoes. In our experience the best tend to be fast drying man made fibres.
3. Comfortable trousers…
Similar to the tops really. If you had images of cotton slacks a shirt and fedora (Indiana Jones anyone!) then put this to one side. You should be thinking lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking. It’s a good idea to have a couple of pairs, as with everything on this list, so you can wash a pair and let them dry, which is tricky in such a humid environment. Oh and the aforementioned mosquitoes like dark colours so steer clear! Beige is where it’s at in the jungle.
4. Sturdy shoes…
If you can, take two pairs. Ideally you want a sturdy walking boot like these from our mates at Nature Shop. Don’t expect them to come back in a great state though. They’ll get wet and covered in mud from the minute you step into the rainforest. If you don’t want the expense, take a couple of pairs of old, but sturdy trainers, and do yourself a favour: get rid of them (responsibly!) at the end of your trip. Oh and don’t forget to take lot’s of socks; blisters are a bummer in the rainforest.
A top tip I picked up in Thailand is to stuff some tobacco into the tops of your socks to keep the leaches off.
How to stay human
5. Suntan lotion & insect repellent
It’s probably an understatement to say there is the odd bug in the jungle that would like nothing more than a bite of you! Don’t be put off though. Just make sure you pack some insect repellent and definitely take sunscreen. We recommend a high factor as the sun is still fierce even if it’s only out for a few hours between showers. You can also load up on some lemon balm in your tea as the mosquitoes don’t like this so it’ll make you a less attractive snack.
6. Eco-friendly beauty…
We doubt very much that you’ll be putting your daily make-up on but it is nice to have some products to hand, especially moisturiser for your feet. If you are going to take these remember that they easily get into the local eco-system so remember to buy eco-friendly products that definitely won’t harm the environment.
7. Seal-able plastic bags…
This is one of those things you always see on a documentary about the military in the jungle. And they’re essential. You’ll want to take your camera for the wildlife but keeping things dry in the jungle is tricky. We recommend the sturdy bags with the ziplock fastening so you can ensure any devices you take with you remain safe and dry.
Get some sleep
This is an essential jungle travel tip, take earplugs. The rainforest and jungle come alive at night, and it’s a real racket. Earplugs will help you have a decent nights sleep and ensure you’re fresh for the following day.
9. Torch & headlamp…
Very handy things to have when a call of nature strikes after dark! A torch is good but if you can get a headlamp, brilliant!
10. First-aid kit…
One of those things that always seems like an obvious addition but so often gets forgotten. The rainforest is great but it is definitely a bit more dangerous than a trip down to the corner shop. Make sure you’ve got all the essentials before you travel, hopefully you won’t need them but you never know.
I hope the jungle travel tips come in handy they’ve definitely helped me on my adventures and I hope they will help you on your eco travel trips to far flung places.
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