Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

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Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby roofie » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:48 am

Be prepared! The big packing, luggage, day pack, electricity, cash and shoes FAQ (updated 7/11 2008)

Since the wateringhole has been online for more than a year now, quite a few topics have already been discussed. Please have a quick look at this list to see if any answer your questions (and check your trip dossier too).



Packing (what to bring, how to pack...)
Securing a backpack
Packing wetsuits & snorkling equipment for Galapagos
Packing for Galapagos
Where should I store my valuables (on me or leave in safes)?
practical info? packing, luggage, mosquitoes???
galapagos luggage and limits?
carry your own pack on lares trek?
Appropriate luggage for PIF trip
mosquito nets
pillows
Travelling with an SLR
Personal Garbage on Trail
What to pack ... oh what to pack?


Luggage (types of, storage thereof, etc)
Leaving luggage at airport or joining hotel- Peru
day pack size? Roller back pack
Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru
Back Packs Please!
Is suitcase okay for Classic Peru?
Luggage Storage in Lima
Ecuador - hauling a suitcase
Backpack vs suitcase on Absolute Peru trip
bags in peru
Luggage questions for flights in Peru
Carrying our own bags to get to the jungle lodge
Hiking backpack or luggage carrier??
Luggage Backpack + ?


Daypacks (sizes, colors, uses for)
Cover for Backpack????
Cover for backpacks - Lares Trek Feb
Backpacks & Daypacks for S. America
Daypack



Shoes (sizes, colors, uses for)
Footwear in South America... hiking boots or shoe?
Suitable Footwear
Shoes in Peru--Amazon jungle


Electricity (plug, converters, availability
Converters/Adapters etc-Peru
Plug adaptors in South America??
Plug types in Peru
Electricity Points During the Inca Trek
Recharging Batteries


Cash&Cards (debit, credit, prepaid, cheques...)
Traveler's Cheques or cash in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia
Debit cards in South America
cash card
ATM's in Lima, Cuzco, Puno, Quito
money on the beaches
USD or local currency?
Money in Peru
What MONEY to take to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay???
Debit/Credit Cards
Money Money Money!
credit cards + travelers checks in Peru
US cash in Equador


Other interesting topics
Peruvian potato salad recipe?


Any suggestions are most welcome.
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby leezy » Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:21 pm

Hey - thanks for pulling all of those together - will make it so much easier to pack!! I notice that crocs have not been mentioned as a possibility for wet landings and short walks in the Galapagos - anyone know if they would be suitable??
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby dianeinny » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:04 pm

I would not recommend crocs.

Sneakers and good sturdy 'wet landing' sandels.
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby dianeinny » Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:05 pm

Roofie...great job...!!!!
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby roofie » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:30 pm

Thanks!
I promise this is the last one I'll do so someone sticky it please :roll:
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby JaliscoJudy » Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:56 pm

...someone sticky it please


Done.
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby jimshu » Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:58 pm

Wow.Great job!Just come across this since I got back on deck....think something like this for Africa needs to be done too.Roofie, want another job?
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info FAQ

Postby roofie » Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:29 pm

jimshu wrote:Wow.Great job!Just come across this since I got back on deck....think something like this for Africa needs to be done too.Roofie, want another job?

sorry, never been to Africa :wink:
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Other tips and advice (water, TP, skipping Amazon

Postby hogangr » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:07 pm

I love all these posts and info and read so many tips before I left for the trip. I THINK there are just a few things that I must have missed that I wanted to post about arriving in Peru and hiking the Inca Trail. We did In The Shadow of Machu Picchu in Aug/Sep and absolutely loved it.

I learned most of this stuff when we met with our tour guide, but we had a full 10 hours to wreak havoc in Lima before we met her and made some mistakes.

1. Food and water: Don't drink the water. Ever, not even to brush your teeth. Even the locals don't drink it. Strike one: husband brushed his teeth as soon as we got into our hotel room. And go easy on adventurous food like Lima's famous ceviche. We were told the bacteria in our stomach's is different from the locals and it takes a while to adjust. You DON'T want to risk food poisoning or diarrhea before your big trek.

2. Don't put toilet tissue in the toilets. It goes in a wastebasket next to the toilet, no matter if it's a #1 or #2. Strike two: I had clogged both our hotel's toilet and a restaurant before I slowed down to read the sign that was posted. I'm sure the restaurant hates me. And the hotel. SORRY!!!

3. Bring your own toilet paper. Everywhere. Not just on the trail, but many parks and restaurants don't have it so I'd recommend bringing a pack of those little individual Kleenexes and some wet wipes every time you leave your hotel. Soap's a rarity too in some places.

4. The Inca Trail is hard. If you're sitting at a desk all day and maybe occasionally walk your dog you might struggle. We had a couple people on our trek that were 2 to 5 hours behind us and miserable. Work on cardio and calves. My husband and I are in great shape and we both agreed that this was no easy hike. We used two poles and wouldn't do it without them. So. Many. Steps. Just because tons of people do this trail don't assume it's easy, you'll work for it. And believe me, the rewards along the way and at the end are worth it!

5. If you're a light sleeper, take a sleep aid. Earplugs weren't enough. Snoring, people partying in the valley below, donkeys chomping grass and bumping into our tents at night. Such a great adventure, but sleep wasn't a part of it.

6. We took our big Canon Rebel EOS and wish we would have either left it at home or also packed a high-quality pocket-sized camera. It was big and bulky to carry on the trail and it got seriously dusty. Also, when tooling around Cusco or Lima, you really don't want to carry a huge camera around - my gosh, you'll look like a tourist.

7. On a slightly negative note, if you've not yet picked out which trip to take you might skip the Amazon part. Sorry G Adventures! But you failed to mention in your itinerary just how much traveling there is to get there. It's not just a motorized canoe trip: it's almost a 1 1/2 bus trip through the dust to a looong boat ride (over 1 1/2 hours) to your destination. In the 10 days we were there, we were exhausted by all the travel. We spent so much time sitting in airports (it took a full 2 hours to get through two huge security lines at Lima, plan accordingly.) And, I hate saying it, but there just wasn't much to see in the Amazon (especially if you've already been to a rainforest, like Costa Rica. Sorry, that's just one person's opinion.) The ecolodge was fantastic though and I was disappointed that, because of the flight being mysteriously cancelled, we only got one night to spend there.

8. On a positive note: stay in Cusco as long as you can. It's fantastic. And don't make the mistake we did of booking our return flight home at 7 am the day after we got back from the hike. We were really exhausted and would have loved an extra day in Cusco to do a massage and just relax. And stop walking. And. Taking. Stairs.

I could go on and on (obviously I already have) but I hope this helps with your planning. You will love this trip.

Enjoy!!
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info

Postby roryschultze » Wed May 08, 2013 6:37 am

Thanks for all this! Some great resources here
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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info

Postby bluesforshoes » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:35 pm

hogangr,

Couldn't agree with 7 and 8 more. Good to know I'm not the only one. :)

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Re: Be prepared! The big packing, planning and general info

Postby _michaelthompson_ » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:21 am

Hi everyone!
I recently posted this question in another section but i should have posted it hear.

Me and my girlfriend are going on the Galapagos Isabela island tour and can anyone tell me if i need to bring a sleeping bag or is there linen provided at the accommodation.


Thanks!!
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