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    Packing List

    by cachaseiro Updated Nov 6, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would advice to bring as little clothes as possible.
    The brazilians are very casual, but also very aware of what they are wearing.
    If you show up in whats really cool in your home country you might very well look like a complete clown in Brazil.
    My advice is to spend the first week looking at the brazilians and see what they wear and then buy the same.
    The brazilians wont mind if you look different but you will gain some respect, especially from the opposite sex if you look like them.

    Typical brazilian outfit
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    South America Map

    by faeriegal Written Feb 25, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: If you are planning to travel around South America buy a map at home. It's virtually impossible to find let alone buy a full size map of South America. It seems odd but of all the bookstores we've searched they only carry maps of other continents and individual countries. So buy your maps at home.

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    South America Map

    by faeriegal Written Feb 25, 2008

    Miscellaneous: If you are planning to travel around South America buy a map at home. It's virtually impossible to find let alone buy a full size map of South America. It seems odd but of all the bookstores we've searched they only carry maps of other continents and individual countries. So buy your maps at home.

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    Things to take

    by oceania26 Written Jan 1, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Slip free sandals/flip flops because the sidewalks can be slippery when wet. As for clothes, pretty much anything goes...wear whatever you want but it's best to pack light weight clothing. The dress code is pretty casual, even at night clubs and stuff so you don't have to dress up.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Keep a roll of toilet paper as you will come across toilets with any.

    Photo Equipment: If you're bringing a digital camera, it's a good idea to upload your pics or make a back up incase your camera gets stolen or your memory chip gets corrupted...bring the USB cable for your cable. I brought a USB key to backup my pics instead of burning them to a CD.

    Miscellaneous: Tap water is safe to drink in most places so instead of buying bottled which adds up in expense and environmental costs, bring along a re-usable plastic water bottle.

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    Field Guid (Birds)

    by worldtraveler55 Written Dec 27, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Collins Illustrated hecklist.
    Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica
    ISBN: 00-02200-77-5

    The first field guide to illustrate every species of bird found in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil and Uruguay. 1140 species are illustrated in colour and appear on pages opposite the text for quick and easy reference. The plates will facilitate the identification of males, females, and juveniles, and are complemented by distribution maps. The text details the kind of habitat the birds are found in, key identification features and notes on the songs and calls of each species.

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    Light and easy - pile it and half it

    by peace_prevails Written Nov 1, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Be sure to bring a 'mochila pobre' as I call it - a backpack or bag that looks poor - you don't want to become a target.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would skip this department all together except for what you wear on the plane. Buy a piar of Havainas - slippers - once in Brasil - for around R$13 (US$6) - you will fit in better and they are all the rage now in Paris anyhow!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are going to the amazon or some areas of the pantanal, you will need fever amarelo (Yellow Fever) vaccinations. These must be taken 10 days before you enter the region that is affected. I would suggest getting them in Brazil if you have the lead time.

    Photo Equipment: Be careful with big lenses as they attract attention. I like to bring my big camera and a smaller one for the beach and more dangerous areas.

    Miscellaneous: If you want organic or natural sunscreen, it can be found in Brazil, but much easier to buy it overseas.

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    good preparation

    by pepples46 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: is everything and takes you places but what ever takes your fancy, I traveled light and with a small but strong lined Backpack on the front..I had more control if someone would sneak up from behind to rip the bag off.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: good shoes..which incidently could be bought in Brazil, one of the main Export is leader...the shoes are just great
    take good care of your photo equipment, sealable plastic bags the way to go in the humidity of the amazone states

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: up to you..when on medication bring it with you but declare it at Custom

    Photo Equipment: what can I say...a must

    Miscellaneous: when on Medication ask you're GP, generally you can buy any drugs at the chemist, without prescription
    Buy sunblocker and mosquito repellent in the country, mostly very good, specified to the conditions.wash you're hands before eating, Hepatitis A, B,+ C is high in Brasil.get you're shots.and take care of personal hygiene..check out what vaccinations are mandatory!!%c

    Kids playing by the Stream
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    There is nothing to pack

    by HansWerner Written Apr 2, 2005

    Miscellaneous: There seems to be nothing what you can´t buy also in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Fortaleza also some things are hard to find in such big cities and you don´t speak portugues. So you really only need money and/or your creditcard.

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    Washcloth? Washcloth?

    by glabah Written May 20, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Washclothes are generally not used in Brazil. It is expected that a person taking a shower will use the soap directly on their skin. This may be a little odd to most North Americans, and if you can't live without a washcloth then you need to take one with you. Even the most expensive hotels may not have them - though a few might. They are the exception rather than the rule, however.

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    A visa for American Citizens...

    by EarthSun530 Updated Jan 19, 2004

    Miscellaneous: By now most travelers know about Brazil's visa recopricity rule. That is, since Brazilian citizens are required to have a valid visa to enter the USA, American citizens are required to have one to enter Brazil. Also, American citizens are photographed and fingerprinted upon entry, just as is required of Brazilian citizens entering the USA.

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    Absolutely necessary:

    by rui_bijie Updated Dec 30, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Detergent and clothesline (instead of to much clothes - you will have to carry it and luggage is restricted to 20k by most air carriers - i.e. Brazil Air Pass; clothes dry easily overnight in Brazil)

    Miscellaneous: Oropax (noise caused by roosters in the morning, dogs barking at full moon, ventilators inside and outside of your room, small children in the airplain...)

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    by acemj Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light when traveling to Brazil. There's no need to bring your expensive belongings as the country on the whole, is very laid back and casual. Sao Paulo is perhaps the most urban and therefore might require some dressing up, but for the most part, casual is the way to go. The country is also so vast that you'll want to consider the possibility that you'll experience varied weather from city to city.

    Photo Equipment: Brazil has some of the most photogenic landscapes in the world. Rio is a masterpiece on the earth's canvas and is worthy of plenty of film (or space on your memory card).

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    Passport, visa, tickets and reservation confirmati

    by KismetGirl Written Dec 3, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: email yourself copy of all your docs: passport,
    visas,health info...there are net places in some pretty remote areas.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: teva or outdoor sandals
    hiking/walking boots
    lightweight egyptian tunics are great

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen
    SPF protection for lips
    Insect repellent
    antibiotic ointment
    band aids
    tea tree oil or lavender great for bugs to repel & bites

    Photo Equipment: film-its expensive there
    Rain-proof bag for camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimsuit & goggles
    Shorts and tee-shirts
    Long pants
    Light-weight pullover or sweater
    Rain poncho
    fanny pack/backpack

    Miscellaneous: ziplock baggies for film
    Polarized sunglasses
    Broad-brimmed hat
    Small bills for tipping

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    Don't take dress-up clothes!!!

    by yosoyalex Written Aug 12, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In regards to dress-up clothes for going out at night, don't take anything too fancy. Everyone in Brazil dresses in a very kick-back style when they go out at night as compared to the U.S. For girls, an ideal outfit for going to a club at night would consist of cute jeans, a tiny top (remember, it's hot there), and sandals. DON"T WEAR BLACK!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever you do, don't forget your mosquito repellent. I learned this lesson the hard way in Rio the night after it rained.

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    General info

    by Elainehead Written Jan 22, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Things are really cheap in Brazil, so remember that when choosing your luggage (you can always buy your luggage at one of the many shopping malls). I wouldn't recommend women carrying a purse because it's certainly an invitation to pickpockets, so prefer a hidden-pocket.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Brazilians, even in the major cities, dress casually outside the office.

    Collar and tie still predominate in formal office and business surroundings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and most workingwomen wear dresses or skirts. Ladies should remember to pack a jacket or shawl when coming to Brazil as some of the buildings and restaurants can be a little over enthusiastic with the air conditioning.

    When packing, keep in mind that cities like Rio and São Paulo are big, fashionable, cosmopolitan cities and not a small tourist resorts. If you forget to bring some item of clothing with you, you will certainly be able to find what you forgot in any of the big shopping centres.

    If heading further south in South America, remember to pack some warmer clothes, especially during the Southern Hemisphere's winter months.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual plus a very good mosquito repellent, sunblock, and all the medicament you might need with a prescription.

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