Guyana Kit list
A full kit list has been compiled into a downloadable pdf file. The objective is to take the smallest amount of equipment needed to be comfortable and safe. You will need to carry your equipment and baggage on occasions and there are also maximum weight allowances which vary depending on the airline used. Always aim to buy equipment that is compact, light weight, durable, quick drying, versatile and in good repair. You may find that you have suitable gear already, so don’t feel you have to buy everything new. Shop around and price everything before purchasing anything. Some items you may be able to borrow from friends or relatives, pick up second hand, or get deals off the internet.
In the UK, if you mention Operation Wallacea you can get a discount with: Nomad Travel (0207 833 4114) (www.nomadtravel.co.uk –10% off, discount code OPW1000), Travel with Care (01980 626 361) (www.travelwithcare.com–10% off) and Cotswold (www.cotswoldoutdoor.com–15% off, discount code AF-OPWAL-P2).
In North America Back Country Gear and US Outdoor Stores have a good selection of equipment for the forest for volunteers in the US, whilst Mountain Equipment Co-operative is the best for Canadian volunteers.
Try out your kit in realistic circumstances if at all possible before your expedition, especially new boots which can often need time to fully mould to the shape of your feet, and even more specifically new Jungle boots which should be soaked and worn till they dry on your feet to prevent blisters whilst trekking. All baggage, clothes and kit should be clearly labelled to avoid confusion. There are many volunteers, and some may have the same or similar items to you. Valuables are very occasionally at risk. Please make sure you have insurance, record all serial numbers and keep all receipts. Remember to carry all personal documents and cash safely in a concealed money belt.
Don’t forget to order your Opwall t-shirt for this years expedition!