Luggage and bags: *No suitcases! Backpacks are the best bet as they will be stacked on the top of the car
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * make sure to have warm clothes that can be layered to deal with the temperature changes. Gloves, beanies and scarves are suggested as well, and a warm jacket is a must. Ideally windproof clothes should also be packed.
* sunglasses. This is a must as the sun is quite powerful. Especially on the salar with all that white you will be "blinded" without sunglasses.
* bathing suit (packed in the hand luggage): there are some pools near laguna salada which you might want to bathe in.
* sunscreen: the UV radiation here is exceptionally strong, a very high level sunscreen is a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * toilet rolls: they are rarely provided, and since there are no toilets out there on the road you will definitely need them at some point
Photo Equipment: For SLRs polarizing filter is a must, as well as cleaning equipment and a telephoto lens for the wildlife shots.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: * sleeping bag: the accomodations have no heating and the temperatures inside will be below freezing. Though blankets are provided, they are usually not enough to deal with the cold and furthermore the hygene of the bedding can be dubious.
Miscellaneous: * a few Bolivanos: to buy some crafts and tip your driver
* plenty of water. There are no shops out there, and due to the altitude it is recommended to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Tap water is not drinkable.
* alcohol: well this is not a must and not really recommended especially during the first night. But on the subsequent nights you might want to enjoy some wine and beer. they can be purchased from certain accomodations but not all. so if you fancy a tipple, bring it with you
* flashlight. Power outages are common, and most places turn off power on purpose at some point in the evening, so a flashlight is useful for late nights, early mornings and midnight trips to the toilet :)
* snacks: as I mentioned there are no shops out there, and you might want to nibble something during the long car rides. Be careful of packets of crisps etc, with the altitude changes they will burst! So keep them separate from clothing, cameras or whatever else you don't want your crisps on!
warm clothes and sunglasses
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: please take a windbreaker, warm clothes (at night the temperature drops to around -5 to -15°C), hat, sunglasses, sun screen lotion.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring medicines and / or articles of personal use (liquid for contact lenses), plastic bags, small backpack, and water.
Photo Equipment: Camera/ Videocamera and batteries
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Survival kit, means staying warm
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If youre planning to do a longer trip visiting more than the Saltdesert, youre most likely to have to sleep at higher altitudes. Therefore, make sure youve got a good sleeping bag (once in, undress as much as possible to keep warm) and cotton, wool made clothes! Gloves and cap.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Uh, something to avoid that diarrhoea from taking over!
Be proud if you get out of Bolivia without. I did! Bring lots of crackers and dont eat anything near suspicious.
Photo Equipment: Just get a proper one for once! Bolivia is safe theftwise, not foodwise.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A flashlight is essencial.
A blanket useful.
Miscellaneous: Youll be doing a lot of driving on bumpy and dusty roads. If you can even call then roads. So, bring snacks and maybe something like an Ipod.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The temperature can drop below 0 C at night if your staying on the salt flats you need a reasonably good sleeping bag and warm clothes for the evening. A hat and gloves are also worth bringing.
Photo Equipment: A polarising filter is useful due to the glare from the salt.
You'll want a good camera
Luggage and bags: You are only allowed a small pack on the trip due to lack of space on the truck. We just put all of our stuff in one of our two backpacks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll need warm clothing for the evenings and a hat for the daytime searing sun. Sunglasses are essential for the glaring sun as well as keeping dust out of your eyes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of sunscreen and lip moisturizer for the arid conditions.
Photo Equipment: A zoom is necessary to get good photos of the flamingos and other rare animals you will encounter. A circular polorarizer is another essential to cut down on the sun's powerful rays and to make the fantastic cloud formations stand out all the more.
Miscellaneous: A great partner in photographic crime, like Doreen.
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