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Wondering what to pack for your trip to the Amazon Rainforest? This post is here to explain everything you should bring with for a stay at a lodge in the Amazon Rainforest!
My trip to the Amazon in Peru is one of the first trips of my life that I felt I had actually packed well enough for that I could pass on my packing tips to my readers. Seriously, this was the first trip. Haha. I almost always over-pack or forget a key wardrobe piece.
The biggest key to me finally mastering packing for this trip was because I’ve finally acquired a decent amount of outdoor/hiking clothes. Our adventures almost always include hiking, so the fact I’ve made it this long without an arsenal of proper hiking clothing is ridiculous! Alas, though, I’ve finally figured it out!
We had stayed at the Treehouse Lodge near Iquitos, Peru, but I believe this packing list would work fine for any of the lodges you would stay at in the Amazon. It’s going to be buggy, humid and hot, and potentially rainy, no matter which lodge you stay at!
What to Pack for an Adventure in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest
*I was packing for 4 days and 3 nights. This is what I packed along with a few suggestions I would make when you pack. The links go to the products I use.
- 1 white, loose t-shirt (pictured above) that was the best shirt I brought with for this trip and wore it multiple times.
- 2 loose, moisture-wicking exercise tank tops. (I would recommend t-shirts on long sleeves, if you can handle it, though.)
- 1 loose, moisture-wicking exercise t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved, loose, moisture-wicking exercise top – I could’ve brought along one more of these, this came in very handy for bug protection. It also was good if it was windy and I was a bit chilled – it was never cold enough that I wanted a jacket.
- 1 “cute,” loose-fitting tank top (pictured below), just in case!
**A moisture-wicking button up top would have also been a great idea to bring along for bug and sun protection.
- 1 pair of hiking pants for each day!
- 2 pairs of roll-up, moisture-wicking hiking pants.
- 2 pairs of zip-off, hiking pants.
- 1 pair of beach pants (for the plane ride)
**No shorts for me! I wanted to be as protected from the insects as possible!
- Hiking boots – these I didn’t really feel as though I needed. It was the rainy season, so the water was quite high and we didn’t do much hiking. If you go during the dry season it might not be a bad idea to bring them. However, I wouldn’t invest in a pair of hiking boots specifically for this trip. You could get along just fine with athletic shoes of some sort.
- Athletic shoes – my trusty Nikes were perfect for this adventure.
- Sandals – I packed one pair to wear around the treehouse and lodge.
- 8 pairs of long athletic socks. You’ll want long socks that will protect you from bugs and that are moisture-wicking. I brought 2 pairs for each day and went through them all. Socks I always think are good to overpack – and underwear!
- Sunglasses – you’ll for sure want one pair that will stay on your head while boating (mine are pictured above).
- Hat – I wore a headband because I can’t stand hats. However, a hat for sun protection is a really good idea! (Like the one my husband is wearing, below.)
- Watch – I didn’t have my cell phone on me at all, so a watch was necessary to know when I needed to meet our guide, get lunch, etc.
- I also brought one set of seashell jewelry – because I needed a little pizzazz with my outfits! Haha.
Bring the bare minimum. You’re going to be in the jungle – doing your hair and makeup will not be a top priority…I promise!
- Shampoo & conditioner (The lodges likely won’t provide this for you)
- Face moisturizer & face wash & face scrub (at least this is the stuff I need for my oily skin!)
- Sunscreen – SO important
- Bug spray (at least 30 percent deet)- possibly the most important thing you can pack!!
- Anti-itch cream – for after the inevitable bug bites
- Aloe – just in case
- Deodorant – it’s humid and hot, haha
Other good things to pack
- A flashlight or headlamp – you’re either going to be at a lodge that doesn’t have electricity or electricity will occasionally go out (the last one was the case at Treehouse Lodge). It’s also good to have for any nighttime excursions you do.
- Rain poncho – I packed this but fortunately never needed it. It’s way too humid to wear a raincoat, so a lightweight poncho would be all that you need.
- Backpack – one was good for both me and my husband. We used it to carry our sunscreen, bug spray, camera equipment, snacks, etc.
- Water bottle – we were able to refill our bottles at the lodge
*Regular readers, this will be my last Amazon Rainforest post. If you missed any of my Treehouse Lodge/Amazon Rainforest posts, you can click here to see them all. We were tourists in the Amazon Rainforest, but, if you would like to make a difference and volunteer while in Peru, Maximo Nivel has some great volunteer opportunities!
What would you pack for an adventure in the Amazon Rainforest? And did you like having a packing post or not? Let me know in the comments!
- Click here to read my post, “How to Spend 10 Days in Peru.”
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