• Passport (and passport photocopies)
  • Flight tickets
  • Accommodation bookings
  • Money, credit cards, debit cards (emergency numbers if lost/stolen)
  • Trip Itinerary
  • Travel Insurance policy numbers
  • IAMAT policy number
  • Health Card
  • Driving License
  • Travel Guides/maps
  • Medications (antibiotics, malaria pills, antihistamines, pain killers etc)


  • Rucksack (65-100l max).
  • Waterproof rucksack liners. One large waterproof ‘canoe bag’ as a rucksack liner and then smaller waterproof ‘canoe bags’ to put items of kit in.


  • Sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping bed liner.
  • Roll mat. Bring a repair kit.
  • 2 Person Tent: lightweight.


  • Wicking layers are good for heat and sweat evaporation.
  • 2 x T shirts: any.
  • 1 x long pants.
  • 1 x shorts.
  • 2 x long sleeve shirts.
  • 1 x warm down jacket (for evenings/to use as a pillow) 


  • 1 x sturdy, worn-in walking desert/jungle boots.
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for river crossings and resting feet.
  • 4 x hiking socks. For jungle, desert, mountain and bush.
  • 4 x underwear briefs.


  • Wide-brimmed sun hat.
  • Warm hat for evenings.
  • Cotton scarf/ bandana (sweat rag!).
  • Gloves. For winter conditions.


  • Large bowl and metal mug. Or a lightweight Titanium mug.
  • Portable Cooking stove.
  • Cutlery: 1 x knife, spork.
  • 2 x robust water bottles. On all expeditions I will need to carry two litres of water minimum.
  • 1 x Camelbak or equivalent. 


  • Washbag.
  • Toothbrush and paste.
  • Razor.
  • Deodorant.
  • Soap and shampoo: anti-bacterial and biodegradable.
  • Travel towel. Sarongs or shermags are great.
  • Flat packed Baby Wipes in sealed packets of 20. Bring 3+ packets.
  • Toilet paper tissues in plastic travel pouches are best.
  • Sanitary products.
  • Lip salve with UV protection. The dry wind and sun often causes chapped lips.
  • Vaseline Keep readily available to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters.


  • Insect repellent: Consider DEET or MosiGuard.
  • Vitamins.
  • Malaria Tablets if you decide to take them (seek advice from your GP early. Some anti-malarial courses need to commence several days or weeks before departure.
  • Aftersun or moisturiser.
  • Factor 30+ sun cream.
  • Small First Aid kit.
  • A waterproof bag or Tupperware box is recommended for your First Aid kit.
  • Painkillers, Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
  • Zinc oxide tape and small scissors (cheaper tapes often don’t adhere, Elastoplast sticks best.
  • Melolin dressing pads x 4.
  • 2 x crepe bandages.
  • 1 x triangular bandage.
  • Compeed Blister Pads (please note that Compeed produce several similar-looking blister packs for corns, etc. Please ensure you purchase the standard/ original blister item).
  • Diarrhea tablets (Imodium or Antibiotic).
  • Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs.
  • Antiseptic wipes.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Piriton tablets for allergies.
  • Eurax cream for bites.
  • Travellers sterile syringe kit.


  • DSLR, GoPro and compact digital camera with memory cards.
  • A digital watch.
  • Laptop / Tablet.
  • Solar panels.


  • A watch.
  • Head torch and spare batteries.
  • Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses.
  • Penknife. Remember not to pack this or other sharp objects in your hand luggage.
  • Gaffa tape For emergency repairs to your kit, you can take some off the roll and wrap it around something else in your kit.
  • 1 x Karabiner to secure rucksacks.
  • Spare boot laces.
  • Small Sewing kit for repairs to your clothing.
  • Re-sealable plastic bags for dirty washing, rubbish.
  • Water purification tablets or Iodine drops as aback up.
  • Water filter purifier.

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