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International Travel Packing Checklist

  1. International Travel Checklist

  2. Why wearing white cloths is best? Mosquitos ( and Tse Tse Flies in Africa ) avoid white cloths while being attracted to dark garments. Moreover, white reflects heat best. So, camouflage clothing is NOT the best!

  3. Light fast drying camping trousers (not jeans) with zip-off sleeves;INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  jungle pants I never found them in white though.

  4. Light windbreaker (jacket) as it can be surprisingly cold at night in the tropics or on the water when it is cloudy and during rain showers;

  5. Shorts. But be very careful. When you are on the water or the beach you may easily get a very bad sun burn. Start out with one hour per day and increase your wearing shorts by an hour per day;

  6. A few long-sleeved outdoors shirts, preferably one per day (similar blouses for women are available). Dress shirts for men as worn under a jacket are also suitable, as they are much thinner than T-shirts and when wet, they dry much quicker. So in spite of seeming to be overdressed, you will feel much better in an outdoors or  dress shirt. If not with you, long-sleeved T shirts. Long sleeves are essential against sun burn; INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  Vacation packing list: jungle shirtWhite shirts are the best against mosquitoes and for reflecting heat.

  7. A light sweater for in the mountains and rainy days;

  8. A warmer sweater if you plan to spend more time in the mountains;

  9. Women: whichever skirts or dresses you pack; not too many if you want to pack light. Fast drying thin materials are best. Like for shorts: be careful with sun exposure as you are on the equator. (In many countries long dresses are required either in public or in religious buildings. Not so in Latin America). Be aware that the sun may penetrate through thin materials and still cause sun burn;

  10. Wide brimmed hat that cover the ears as they are extremely susceptible to getting sun-burned. So, baseball caps are not suitable unless your hair always covers you ears;

  11. Comfortable gym shoes or water shoes (check out Salomon Amphibia shoes) that may get wet and sandals for the beach. Please don't start out exposing your bare feet to the sun as they can get terrible sun burns. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  water shoes

  12. Solid walking shoes or boots for hiking on nature trails with good profiles for slippery conditions;

  13. At least 1 pair of clean socks for each day for a week. It is very easy to get fungi or athlete's foot in the humid tropics, so change socks at least once a day;

  14. Underwear: In general, when on a tropical trip, you may need to wash your own underwear some time. So take along small briefs of little volume as they dry fastest. Boxers take a lot of volume each.

  15. Sun cream;

  16. Sun glasses;

  17. Bathing suit;

  18. LED flashlight and batteries. They are very low energy and their batteries last many times longer;

  19. Sufficient cash for any emergencies and some money in small denominations for expenditures along the way;

  20. Passport (Obligatory for park entries and hotels);

  21. Medium sized suitcase or backpack (space in the vans and canoes may be limited);

  22. Some large plastic bags for keeping your clothes dry;

  23. Personal toiletries;

  24. Insect repellent with DEED (non-spray may be more environmentally friendly);

  25. First aid kit. Never leave home without it. Buy a good one for the tropics; If you have one, check it before your trip. Replace old stuff;

  26. Personal medicines;

  27. Neck or waist pouch for your documents and money. First of all it should not be pretty as to not draw attention from pickpockets. The uglier the better, but it should be solid. Make sure to have one with a really strong carrying wide nylon strep. Always carry a neck pouch half in front of you where you can see it;

  28. You wear glasses or contact lenses??? ALWAYS travel with an extra pair of glasses or lenses, just in case you lose one. Can you imagine yourself spending the rest of your trip not being able to see well????? Disastrous! Also bring 2 separate small bottles of lens liquid;

  29. Power surge protector. Particularly in developing countries but also in North America, power fluctuations and lightning can ruin your equipment. It is wise to bring along a compact power search protector. They are also a great way of keeping your small items together. Too often, have I left small battery chargers for a phone or a camera in the hotel's power outlet. If you keep everything together, chances are much better you take them along when checking out. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  Compact power surge protector.PLEASE NOTE: most search protectors are only 110 Volts and they will blow the hotel's fuse, burn themselves or burn your equipment in 220 Volts, which is in most places in the world, except North and a number of countries in Latin America. Always check the country's voltage before plugging in your chargers or your equipment;

  30. Camera with extra charger and extra batteries. Often people make videos, which empties their batteries more quickly than they can charge. An extra charger and one or two extra batteries will keep you a happy shooter.

  31. A large memory capacity for your camera, so that you can store plenty of pictures and videos, before putting them on a laptop.


Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:



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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.


Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.



Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.


The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days


Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador


The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!


Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days


Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.


Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.



Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls


Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days


Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park


We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.



Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.


A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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This page shows a printable packing composed by our team members who have traveled to more than 80 countries in the world on business travel,  expeditions or for regular pleasure. An even more extensive list can be downloaded here: packing checklists for different internatioal travel.



Optional additional items for your International Travel Checklist:

  1. Zip lock bags to keep small items dry. Particularly important if you bring a camera. As soon as it starts raining, you do wise to immediately put your camera in a zip lock bag and put it under your raincoat or rain poncho. If you wait, the atmosphere gets wet. As your body always evaporates, it starts condensing under the poncho that starts cooling in the rain and the atmosphere under your rain clothes becomes extremely humid. When putting your camera away under such circumstances, moisture is very likely to condense on your lenses, even though they are in a closed zip lock bag. Make sure that as soon as you reach a building, you take out the camera out of the bag to let it dry.

  2. Binoculars (Indispensable in the rainforest - it's worth spending a bit of extra money to get a good water proof pair: 8 x 32 or 40 are excellent for poor light conditions under the forest canopy). INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  binoculars However, if you forgot to bring your binoculars, we rent them out at $15 for the duration of your visit;

  3. A GPS. Nowadays GPS are very affordable and it is fun to look for the equator! You don't need one to find your way, because you will always have one of our guides with you;

  4. A water proof digital camera is ideal for the wet tropics! But of course a regular camera will do, as long as you put it in a ziplock bag as soon as it starts raining. Don't forget to take it back out as soon as you are back at the lodge or in the bus as it may fog up and your lens may become damaged;

  5. Extra pair of loose-fitting, fast drying pants (no jeans, they never seem to dry up after a rain shower);

  6. Birds of Ecuador by Ridgely;

  7. Neotropical Rainforest Mammals by Emmens and Feer is complete and small enough to bring along.

  8. Download our printable Bird List of Ecuador: http://www.birdlist.org/ecuador.htm

This international packing list is not exhaustive and travelers be advised to consult other sources as well.


Packing your suitcase efficiently

Most space in your suitcase is taken up by your clothes. So the challenge is to compact your clothes as much as possible. The best way is to roll them up. This will compact their volume up to 50%, while it actually reduces crinkling.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  Roll up clothes for compact packing.INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PACKING  CHECKLIST:  Efficient packing by rolling up clothes.

Small items can be rolled up by lining them up in half overlaps (left row). You can roll them into larger clothes, particularly pants,  or stuff them into shoes. First fold larger clothes into neat straight lines, before rolling them up. Even better, put the rolls into a ziplock bag, sit on them and close the bag will even compress a bit further.

All clothes on the left in a medium seized carry-on. Note the shaver and collapsible hairbrush in a ziplock bag so shaving remains and hair don't litter bag content. One shoe with underwear + socks and other cloths from left rolled up, left 8cm still available.


For documents, use a bag with a strong carrying strap and large enough to fit a book for in the plane.



This page shows an International Travel checklist for the tropics composed by our team members who have traveled to more than 80 countries in the world on business travel,  expeditions or for regular pleasure. An even more extensive list can be downloaded here: printable packing lists for different trips.




PARKS & TRIBES and the COFAN LODGE have their sales office inside:

Hotel Balmoral, Address: Calle Moreno Bellido E6-57 & Avenida Amazonas, Quito

Telephone: (++593)(02) 2 50 5310, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 96 29 35 271

Email: info@parks-and-tribes.com

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge. This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil