When in the Lower Sepik Region (Karawari)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Long sleeves are necessary, as are long pants and covered shoes. You don't want to catch malaria. As it is, you'll be slathering that nasty DEET all over any exposed skin, like your hands and face.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ...
Bring the DEET!
DEET is industrial strength mosquito repellent. It's absolutely necessary to be fully covered with this stuff while you're in the Sepik Region, an area infamous for its thriving malaria. It's not enough that you take Malaria pills as a precaution - you need to also wear long clothing and or at least cover up your exposed skin with DEET.
You can find DEET at your local sporting goods shop.Related to:
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When in the Highlands
Luggage and bags: An easy to carry duffle bag or large back-pack will suffice.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even though PNG is near the equator, it can get cool in the evenings. Bring along a jacket for the night time.
Hiking boots/shoes are a MUST
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring along your usual toiletries, and don't forget the saline nasal spray for clear sinuses!
Photo Equipment: Check your camera battery before you get to PNG, because you never know if the same miracle can happen twice! (bring along an extra battery just in case)
Miscellaneous: The children love to paint their faces and adorn themselves with anything from a telephone cords and paperclips to bar code stickers and leaves.
If I had known then what I've learned now, I would turn back time and bring along some stickers (Disney or cartoon characters would be great) for the kids, and maybe some soluble face paints or even some inexpensive plastic jewelry accessories. They are passionate about self-decoration and would probably go crazy to receive such a gift from a foreign guest.Related to:
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You can never be too prepared
Luggage and bags: When hiking in remote areas of Papua new Guinea it is a neccecity to have a mosqito net. Especially if you are staying at altitudes lower than 2000m. Mosquito reppelent only works for about 4 hours at the most, and without a mozi net, your nights will be restless.
On the topic of mosqitos, it is also nessesary to take an anti malarial drug to prevent you from getting malaria.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember to back extra shoelaces, and also some super glue, just incase you need to do some remote shoe repairs. There is nothing worse than having to walk 20 km, if your shoe keeps falling of, or even worse the sole comes unstuck. I have a pair of collorado shoes, that last me about 4 years. The only problem was the sole came off whille hiking through thick clay like mud.
The best clothing to wear in the tropics, i belive air plain white cottonwork shirts. Longsleeves are best, because not only will they protect you from the sun, but also from the mosquitos that come out in the afternoon.
If you dont have a poncho, you can easily get the m from cheap shops starting at $2. They are a lot better than jackets, as they are ligkt and compact. It is a good idea to take a few garbage bags with you on your travel. The not only keep your gear dry if it rains, but they also can be easily made into a poncho by putting 3 holes in the bottom, (for your arms and head).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Prevention is the best cure. I recomend a clove of garlic a day to keep you healthy while you are traveling in forein lands.
I used doxicycline as my anti malarial drug. This drug is also an antibiotic, & cannot be used for polonged periods. If you use this drug for periods upto 4 months, you will need to replenish the good bacteria in your body with milk products like yogurt.
There are a number of natural remidies for diareha. One is to eat a bannana. The same goes with using 1 teaspoon of cornflour in warm water, dont over do it or you will find yourself constipated. On the otherhand, if you are constipated than paw paw is a fruit to fix that problem.
It is a good idea to take some form of rehidration tablets. This will aid you in replenishing lost salts and liquids, through swaeting, or after a bout of diareha
Photo Equipment: Digital cameras are a must for the hiker/ adventure traveler. You will need lots of bateries, or a power source to recharge. Generators are often quite dodgy, and i would not charge your expensive camera with them unless you have a surge protector. Single plug surge protectors can be bought for about $30. The other neccecity is lots of memory. Ther is nothing worse than haveing to flick throug your shots to deleat the bad ones when something exiting is happening. You are likely to deleat your favourit shots accidently, so i recomend taking upto a Gigabyte of memory.
Humidity is a big problem for cameras, and can often make internel bits begin to rust. Always try and carry your camera in an airtight container with a clothe to protect it from moving around, and also to absorb any moisture.
Miscellaneous: Do some reseash on the areas you are going to visit. Find out the weather, if you are traveling in wet or dry season. Prepare yourself for freakish weather, but dont over do it. Always take an emergency pair of clothes, that are kept dry in a plastic bag.Related to:
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Luggage and bags: Nothing special needed - they had lots of good shops and supermarkets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just like in Africa, the local children were quick to emerge and put on a display as soon as they saw a camera!!
Miscellaneous: Schoolboys outside Port MoresbyRelated to:
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Luggage and bags: BACKPACK with good WATER PROOF lining: unless you're on an organized and fairly high-end tour, you'll probably want something that's easy to carry some distance and that can be thrown in the back of trucks and boats, sat on, rained on and generally abused.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the LOWLANDS: all-weather sandals; baggy t-shirts and shorts for men, long skirts/sundresses for women; light rain coat; sun hat; light cotton pants and long sleeve shirts for evenings (good for preventing bug bites and malaria). If you're going anywhere outside of the cities and you're not on a high-end tour, your clothes are going to get dirty. Avoid leather, unless it is specially treated, because it will grow mould by the time you leave PNG.
For the HIGHLANDS: hiking boots; light jacket/sweatshirt; jeans and shorts (for men); skirts and dresses (for women). It gets cool in the evenings. PACK LIGHT: you can pick up decent second hand clothes really cheaply in any of the towns.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: LOWLANDS: prepare for tons of malaria and sores that get infected within minutes if not treated. TAKE: Anti-malaria medication and mosquito net; something to ease itch of mosquito/ant/sand fly bites; antibiotic cream and bandaids (plasters); disinfectant for cleaning cuts and scrapes (e.g., iodine); little sterile skin-pricking tools for when you need to get puss out of an infected sore. Disinfect and cover all sores immediately. Watch them for signs of infections (redness around the sore, puss, slight heat coming from sore, etc.). Fever is a symptom of malaria. Go to a clinic and get checked out any time you have a fever. IF YOU'RE GOING TO A VILLAGE. Either make up your mind to hide your medical supplies, or make sure you stock up before you go. Everyone has infected sores in the village and you can easily dispense a bottle of iodine and a box of bandaids in a one-hour visit. These BASIC MEDICAL SUPPLIES and TOILETERIES ARE AVAILABLE LOCALLY -- i.e., in the towns, but not in the villages.
Photo Equipment: Try to be modest. You're intruding on someone's home and community -- you're not at the zoo.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen, modest swimming clothes (MEN: no Speedos -- a rule I'd like applied everywhere, but particularly applicable in PNG; WOMEN: one-piece bathing suit, preferable with baggy shorts or a wrap skirt over it -- PNG is extremely conservative this way); snorkle and mask (unbelievable snorkling); reef shoes (in case you step on a sand fish); life jacket (if you plan to spend a lot of time on boats and if you don't mind looking like a sissy). Try NOT to take TOO MUCH OUTDOOR GEAR. It's obnoxious and embarassing when you're totally outfitted with the latest brand name gear, and the locals go strolling by you at twice your speed, not even breaking a sweat, in bare feet, shorts and a ripped t-shirt.
Miscellaneous: EAR PLUGS - in a lot of places, the dogs sit under your bedroom and howl all night long. INSECT REPELLANT.
Luggage and bags: * a rain coat will be good.
* all the close should be cotton not sithetic close. better sipmle close (not the last aramany)
* mosquito net is very effective.
* a case that will place close to youre body, with the passport and the money!!!
* insect repellent. must.
Luggage and bags: If you can carry it , but modern sutcases are not an idea if you want to hike it, take something comfortable.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although Papuea New Guinea is still relatively prehistoric to most of the world the people are not, Dress with some decency and good waterproofs are good in Monsoon season, good shoes, please dont wear the latest designer Tennis shoes you will only attract the attention of Local criminals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all medical supplies with you, and check with your Doctor about shots that are needed for going.
Also Sunscreen is a good idea, as it can blisteringly hot.
Photo Equipment: Take what you need with you, be aware that due to the humidity pics and films can go a bit gooey and rust. I lost 2 perfectly good cameras this way, they got corroded and the films were hardly worth using.
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