Packing for the Amazon jungle

If you’re going to a tropical rainforest such as the Amazon, knowing what to bring, especially the first time, can be tricky. We have put together a list of things to pack for a jungle trip so that you have the best experience possible.

General packing tips

You will only be allowed 10-15 kilos of luggage on boats and you won’t want to overload yourself. You should be able to leave part of your luggage in the nearest city, at your lodge’s office or in your hotel or hostel’s luggage storage.

The best type of main bag to take is a backpack as they are easier to carry than a suitcase. Pack your things in sealable plastic bags – you will prevent things getting wet. You could also think about using backpack rain covers.

You should bring a smaller backpack to use during the day with just the essentials and keep the rest in a bigger pack.

Insect repellent is a must for any rainforest trip and anti-histamine cream for any bites.

Anti-malaria pills – check if they are necessary for your destination.


You will need to bring clothes you can layer that will dry quickly because tropical climates mean lots of humidity and unpredictable rain showers. Lighter colours are better so that you don’t get so hot in the sun and to help notice any creepy crawlies on you! We suggest:

  • Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Full-length cotton trousers
  • Quick-drying socks
  • Anorak or poncho
  • Comfortable walking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for when you are relaxing
  • A jumper or jacket for the cool evenings and in case there are cold fronts during your stay
  • Swimming gear for lakes / rivers

Sun protection

  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat – broad-brimmed or if not, a baseball cap

Electronics and gadgets

  • Camera and related accessories: charger, memory card(s), possibly an extra battery, tripod, etc.
  • A pair of binoculars
  • Plug adapter
  • Torch with working batteries – electricity at jungle lodges is often limited to a few hours to recharge batteries.
  • Travel alarm clock for the early starts to the day
  • A whistle in case you get lost


  • (A copy of your) passport for checkpoints
  • Small denomination money for drinks, souvenirs and meals if not included with your accommodation
  • Credit card to pay for accommodation if accepted
  • List of important phone numbers (e.g. your embassy)


  • Your usual medication and toiletries
  • Quick-dry towel if not provided by accommodation
  • Small snacks for in between meals
  • Earplugs if you are a light sleeper (rooms in jungle lodges are often not sound-proof)
  • Toilet paper
  • Small bags to throw your toilet paper away and bigger bags for dirty clothes
  • Diarrhoea pills
  • A padlock if you are a backpacker for any lockers in your accommodation
Backpacks are recommended as luggage for your jungle trip