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Rainforest Gear Checklist

Gear up for potentially sweltering heat and downpours with this gear selection.

by: The Backpacker Editors


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Jul 11, 2012

a machete always never forget one

Mar 22, 2012

Leave the tent home! Get a hammock!! use Jungle boots that will drain after crossing many streams.And definately,bug spray and anti malaria tablets,just in case.
Oh and some snake proof gaiters.

Dec 28, 2011

Down Sleeping bag ???
In the rainforest ??????

Dec 28, 2011

Down Sleeping Bag ???
In the rainforest ?????

Jun 04, 2011

I'm from Forks WA, We have learned some secrets to staying dry, I mean less wet when backpacking in the Hoh rainforest Most of us do not use synthetic clothing, only for the raingear, and by the way there is no such thing as waterproof! I use 100 % silk long underwear, on top of that, alpaca. The silk will hold the moister close to your body and your sweater will be dry, you must use alcohol or an ablidging stream to wash your sweat off, or you'll get sick and start to grow moss. I use wool and silk socks, a pair of each. I always carry extra cheap rain ponchos, and you must have gortex boots, or forget it, stay home and play cards. Asolo has my vote on this one. Take a pack animal for a large tent or invest in a waterproof one otherwise you will be wet. Also tarp over the tent. Everyone has tarp out here. And all this extra stuff make you packs heavy.

Ben Hildred
Apr 21, 2011

I think this list is obviously made for the North West Coast rainforest guy's... You think people would figure that out right at fleece jacket or wool sweater...

Jan 24, 2011

For those that don't subscribe to this list, fair enough. So what are your ideas? I'm sure people would love to hear it.

Aug 27, 2009

As the owner of a Botanical garden in Costa Rica who takes people out on field trips I feel this list refers to a rainforest like you might find in Olympia Washington.
It certainly isn't a list you'd want to use in the tropics.

Aug 18, 2009

I'm from the Philippines, and a lot of stuff on this list is right on target though, probably except for the down sleeping bag and the inflatable pad, which we substitute with a no-frills aluminum-coated styro.

Yet there isn't a single, definitive list for each camping climate anyway, so this is still a great list to follow.

Dec 15, 2008

A down bag?! In a rainforest?Last time I checked down doesn't work so well in the rain.

Sep 10, 2008

As an archaeologist who has worked multiple extended seasons in the rainforests and jungles of Belize, I hardily endorse this list. I wouldn't head down there without a good bug spray, though.


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