Suggested Packing List

Note:  this is a guide only and is not intended to be a complete personal packing list.  Please also refer to the WHAT TO BRING section of the TRIP NOTES relating to your specific tour, season of travel and destination/s.

Luggage

  • A lockable suitcase with wheels OR a small-medium sized (40-50 litres) back-pack is ideal. Japan travellers, please ensure your suitcase is no longer than 160cm and weighs under 25kg. Please note that where itineraries include a domestic flight, the luggage allowance may be less than the maximum allowance permitted on international flights.
  • Please arrive with no more than ONE main piece of luggage. If you hope to make a significant number of purchases during your travels, we suggest that you pack a soft duffle bag in your main luggage.
  • You’ll also need a comfortable daypack/bag to carry water, sunscreen, camera etc. for day trips.  Some itineraries will also require you to bring a daypack to function as an overnight bag  eg. for village homestays, Sahara camel safaris etc.
  • We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible as you will be expected to manage your own luggage.

Note: Please ensure that your luggage is clearly labelled

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Visa.  Please refer to the TO DO LIST and your nearest consulate for more information.
  • Travel insurance details: including insurer details, 24 hr emergency contact telephone number and policy number (even if you are travelling with credit card insurance). Please bring a copy of your policy certificate and the emergency telephone number to our pre-tour briefing meeting.
  • Flight tickets, e-ticket
  • Tour voucher – will be issued approximately 1 month prior to departure
  • Photocopies of important documents – to be kept separately from the original documents. We recommend you keep an extra copy at home and also email a copy to yourself and next of kin.
  • Trip notes, Itinerary and Useful Information documents will be provided by email together with your Tour Voucher (1 month prior to departure): a hard copy of these documents will be included in your Welcome Pack at the pre-tour briefing meeting.
  • Spare passport photos (if indicated as per documentation for your destination/s)

Money Matters

  • Money – cash/credit cards
  • Money belt, pouch or neck wallet
  • Calculator (useful when exchanging money) or use smartphone app.

Please refer to the MONEY section of the TRIP NOTES for more information.

Note:  Don’t forget to advise your bank of your travel dates and destination to avoid having your credit card cancelled when overseas transactions suddenly start appearing on your statement.

Travel Accessories

  • Reading material
  • Water bottle
  • Local language phrase book or use smartphone app
  • Mobile phone – please refer to the PHONE & INTERNET section of the TRIP NOTES
  • Pen & paper or journal/diary
  • Travel pillow
  • Cloth/reusable shopping bag to reduce plastic bags (a retreat|recreate cloth tote will be provided in your Welcome Pack)
  • Electrical adaptor/s
  • Torch/flashlight – or use smartphone app
  • Travel guide book eg. Lonely Planet, Rough Guide
  • Retractable walking pole/s – Some of our previous guests have found these provide extra stability and support on uneven ground, on rural walks and when we are on our feet all day.

 Sleeping

  • Night clothes/sleepwear
  • Alarm clock – or use smartphone app
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs

Personal Health

  • First aid kit – bandaids, antiseptic cream, anti-fungal cream etc
  • Personal medication/prescriptions
  • Prescription glasses
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • High protective sunscreen (min. 30+)
  • Lip balm/lip salve
  • Wide brim sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Antihistamine/insect bite cream
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Anti-nausea and travel sickness tablets, ginger tablets
  • Anti-malarial pill (if recommended by doctor)
  • Aspirin and/or paracetamol
  • Throat lozenges
  • Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
  • Anti-diarrhoea pills (consult your doctor for detailed advice)

 Note: We strongly recommend that you bring ALL items on the above health/medical list plus any additional personal requirements.  You must carry these items with you at ALL times. We are prohibited by law from dispensing any medication including over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. We are also unable to provide enough band-aids/plasters, rehydration tablets etc. for the whole group, so please ensure that you bring and carry your own supply of all items mentioned above.

Clothing

Refer also to the TRIP NOTES for details of appropriate clothing and the expected weather and climate relevant to your destination and season of travel.

  • Easy to wash and fast-drying clothes are a good choice
  • We recommend that you dress conservatively, in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing in light weight, natural fabrics (eg. cotton/voile which breathe in warm weather), and covering upper arms to below knees as a minimum (for modesty, religious respect).  Keep a lightweight cotton shawl/scarf handy for use as an extra cover-up at religious sites, for cooler evenings and on air-conditioned transport.
  • Layers of clothing are the best way to deal with temperature variations.
  • Long sleeved top for evenings (when mosquitos are out)
  • Loose, cotton pants
  • Skirts/dress (not short)
  • T-shirts/cotton shirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sun hat
  • Light shawl/sarong for visits to temples/mosques (essential in India and Uzbekistan)
  • Light-weight waterproof jacket/poncho
  • Small umbrella (useful for sun and rain)
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Sarong and/or light top/dress to wear over swimsuit when not in pool
  • Toiletries
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes, wet bathers, shoes etc
  • Travel washing line
  • Biodegradable washing detergent
  • Hairdryer if required (not always provided by hotels in India)