Packing to camp in remote regions
Luggage and bags: Make sure your back pack is well fitted for your frame and pack no more than you need. Those backpacks sure get heavy when you're crawling up steep mountains in the mid-day sun! We also carried day packs that contained water bladders.
We inserted water proof bags in our backpacks to kept everything dry when it rained.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You never know what kind of bugs you'll encounter in the rain forest so clothes should be quick dry, light in weight and color, long sleeved shirts, long pants, hat, good hiking shoes and water shoes to cross brooks and rivers that have no bridges. Zip-off pants are great for when you don't feel threatened by creepy crawlers. We hiked with two pairs of socks on our feet, a thinner pair next to our feet and heavier ones outside. This sure cut down on blisters.
The evenings may cool down so a hooded sweater or light-weight jacket may come in handy.
You should check out the season before you go. If it's the dry season, a rain poncho is all you need. If it's the rainy season, you might consider something more substantial.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria is a major health problem in Guyana, so you'll need to take the appropriate prophylaxis. It's a chloroquine resistant area. We took a daily Malorone tablet which has few, if any, side-effects. We were also vaccinated against hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, cholera and diarrhea. The cholera/diarrhea vaccination is called Dukoral and I didn't have so much as a cramp the whole time I was is Guyana.
We took whatever would be included in a first aid kit. Our team also had snake anti-venom available.
As far as toiletries went, we took toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, liquid biodegradable soap that we used to take baths/showers,shave, wash our hair, clothes and dishes. I didn't think it was possible to survive without hair product and a hair dryer but I managed quite all right. We also took wet-wipes and toilet paper.
Photo Equipment: I took over 800 pictures in 2 weeks, so digital is the way I go. Take lots of batteries for your camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Since we had to carry it on our backs, we had a tiny lightweight, mosquito domed tent and rainproof fly. Without the fly you had a beautiful view of the star-filled night sky. We fashioned a lightweight double sleeping bag out of two single sleeping bag liners. It was too hot in the evening to put covers on, but by the morning it was cooler. We also had very lightweight Thermarests which worked well for me but my bony husband needed more padding so we had to make do with whatever was available to soften his bed.
We used headlamps instead of flashlights and were great as they allowed us to keep our hands free.
Everything we owned was put in various sizes of plastic baggies, and again into the large water proof bag.
Bathing suits came in very handy in order to enjoy all the rivers and water falls. I used a sarong to get back and forth to our bathing spots.
We used those light weight and super absorbent camping towels that dry so quickly.
Miscellaneous: Take bug spray and lots of it, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, ear plugs in case your group doesn't snore in harmony every night. They were pretty synchronized at first, but eventually everyone deteriorated and started snoring out of tune. Ear plugs also drown out all the loud animal sounds at night.
We used water purification tablets (Pristine) on a daily basis and occasionally a filter and then the tablets. Gatorade crystals add a bit of taste and help keep up your electrolytes.
On our hiking days, we made sure we had Power bars and trail mix. They're a great boost when your energy starts to sag.Related to:
Luggage and bags: A custom made luggage is the best when travelling to Guyana....this would guarantee that your stuff will be safe and secure.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When visiting Guyana you wouldn't have to worry about any special clothing as you would be aware that Guyana is tropical through out the year.....men normally choose 3/4 pants and T-shirt for casual wear and woman either jeans or short pants with a cool blouse or T-shirt....beach wear is a must because there's so much fun to enjoy on our sandy beaches .......a sunshade would be the ideal thing for the sun, you wouldn't want to miss walking with a camera or video camera when visiting Guyana.
For those who love to dine and dance fashionable clothing is the going thing here in GT because we always abreast with fashion
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It is advisable to walk with all mosquito repellents because you wouldn't want to be eaten alive.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Splashmin is for the fun at Heart located at Madewini Creek, Soesdyke Linden Highway.....there's numerous water sport to enjoy especially for kids and definitely you wouldn't want to miss the fingerlickin' Bar-b-Que and curried wild meat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Timberhead, Mainstay and Shell Beach are some of Guyana's interior Resorts.
Timberhead Rainforest Resort is now one of the leading resorts and has already been honoured to welcome British Royalty and a past President of the United States. The journey to Timberhead is made by road and water...and is surrounded by rainforest which overlooks the great savannahs bordening the Pokerero Creek....here you can swim in the black water creek, enjoy the indoor and outdoor games, bird watch where over 200 different species of birds can be spotted .....during the night you can go on a river safari, when the glowing red eyes of caiman may be spotted along with the beautiful nocturnal water lilie.....and of course, enjoy a delicious Guyanese cuisine.
Contact Tel# for Timberhead. 592-2-53760 or 592-2-52853-9 Ext: 6901
This is Lake Mainstay Resort situated at Mainstay/Whyaka Amerindian Village on the Essequibo Coast of Guyana. It lies on a half mile stretch of white sand at the edge of the magnificent Lake. You can enjoy fishing, water sport, jet skiing, cricket, tennis and much more exciting games......definitely you can relax in comfort in the beautiful landscaped gardens facing the lake and dine in the luxurious restaurant.
Mosquitoes prevelant in the rainy season
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunscreen and chap stick
Calamine lotion or sunburn cream
Malaria-Prophylaxe if you venture into the jungle
Photo Equipment: goes without saying
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are many guided tours available and these can be strenuous as there are no roads no luxury hotels along the way.
Remember it is not only heat you have to deal with but the humidity so you should be fit.
Long sleeve shirts and long pants to minimize mosquito bites and to prevent scratches from the undergrowth.
Small first aid kit.
Flashlight with batteries
credit cards not much used
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