a hooded raincoat or pancho. Get one that's sturdy - a
$1 disposable raincoat may be lightweight, but would rip
apart in minutes on a leafy jungle path. A good raincoat
over a long-sleeved shirt is good for layering on cool
outfits are a good idea if you're going after wildlife
photos. Jungle animals have keen eyesight. Wearing clothes
that blend in lets you get a little closer, and can make
the difference between a prize-winning photo or none at
include a wide brimmed hat. It will protect you from the
hot sun, which can be debilitating, especially if you're
not used to heat and high humidity. It also becomes a
mini umbrella in the rain. Last, it keeps insects from
falling on your head. One episode with tree-dwelling tongaronga
ants in the Amazon and you'll be glad you have a hat.
bring a swimsuit, but only swim where the natives swim.
They know where the safe spots are. If a native won't
go into the water in a certain area, you stay out too.
Pack a suit with tight elastic legs, and don't urinate
in the water. There's a tiny species of catfish that has
been known to follow urine streams right up into the ureter,
and lodge there - a very painful and potentially dangerous
are important. Start with a pair of sneakers, and one
pair of sturdy hiking boots. The Army Navy stores stock
a Korean-made jungle boot for about $29 that is comfortable
and dries out quickly. Finally, make sure to use cotton
socks that dry fast and dry out your toes at every opportunity.
all the warnings I've given you here, the rain forest
is a wonderful place to visit. The intricate ecology and
abundance of life is truly amazing. The blazing colors,
exotic plants, and haunting sounds are an experience you
will never forget.
wisdom to go...
travels grubbiest who travels light.
Cantabit vacuus coram
Travel light and you can sing in the robber's face.
(Juvenal (A.D. c.50 -130) Roman satirist)
The lineaments of travel.
To travel far and often tends to make us experts in anonimity
but never quite, for we always carry too much, prepare for
too many eventualities.
One bag could have been left behind. We are too afraid of
unknowns to ignore them.
(Alistair Reid, Scottish born writer and poet)
Being mobile, or able
to carry everything you've got is the key to easy foreign
travel. If you think you're strong, try picking up all your
equipement and walking around the block.
(Paul Heussenstamm, American surfer)
Own only what you can
carry with you: know language, know countries, know people.
Let your memory be your travel bag.
(Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist)
(Source: Flinging Monkeys at the Coconuts, Collected and
edited by Travor Cralle, Ten Speed Press, ISBN 0-89815-575-4)
the most important thing you can take on any trip is an open,
cheerful, respectful attitude. The natives may be barefoot,
but their IQ matches yours. Their houses may be thatched with
leaves, but they rarely leak - and just try building one yourself.
Even a simple looking stilt house represents centuries of
(Sandy Huff, American Travel Writer)
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