Coming on a trip with us? Travel a lot in general and always seem to forget something? Here is our Master Checklist which can help out any world traveler:
• valid passport
• one other picture ID (driver’s license)
• plane ticket (use our parter: )
• emergency information
• travel insurance
• recommended inoculations
• currency, and credit cards, travelers checks (we don’t recommend using these, they can be a pain in many countries)
• two photocopies of passport, credit cards, tickets, and insurance (we suggest emailing a copy of these things to an ex. gmail account so you can access at any internet cafe in the world)
• stop deliveries
• have post office hold mail
• set up timed lighting
• arrange for care of pets
• leave house and trip itinerary with a neighbor
• turn off water heater
• turn down thermostat
• lock all windows
• leave copy of passport and itinerary with family or friends
(*specific to certain trips, ask when you sign up)
• sleeping sheet or sack.- or very light bag
• ground pad
• hiking boots/or cross boots (*specific to certain trips, ask when you sign up)
• two pairs of heavier socks
• two sock liners
• three light weight pair of pants for the rainforest and the Cloud forest with three long sleeved light weight shirt. (men-shorts)
• mid weight long sleeve shirt
• two light weight shirts
• warm jacket or rain/wind coat
• underwear 3-5 pairs
• warm hat
• sun hat
• Day pack
• large pack to carry ALL your gear (*specific to certain trips, ask when you sign up)
• two one liter water bottles
• headlamp/flashlight/extra batteries
• pocket knife (NOT in your carry on)
• alarm clock
• money belt to carry cash, credit cards, passport, and tickets
• camera/film/extra batteries
• travel journal pen/pencil
• ziplock baggies, dry bags, etc.
• water filter or iodine tabs
• small binoculars
• extra snacks for between meals
• a cord to dry clothes on
• mosquito netting (if bugs bother you)
FIRST AID KIT
• Iodine tablets
• aspirin or pain reliever
• pepto bismal tablets
• band aids
• moleskin and/or second skin for blisters
• diarrhea medication such as Loparamide or Imodium
• antibiotics from your doctor
• antibiotic cream
• insect repellent
• sunburn relief like Aloe Vera
• Lip Protection
• Oral Re-hydration powder
• Talcum powder
• other personal medications
Remember to keep it simple, lightweight and environmentally responsible. If washing in the streams, always use biodegradable soaps and detergents. Below is a list of items you might choose to bring.
• biodegradable soap for washing and laundry
• toothbrush and toothpaste
• dental floss
• skin care products
• toilet paper in a plastic bag with a lighter
• small mirror
• hand wipes
SalaamGarage requires that all participants be prepared to filter their own water. We do this to avoid creating a trail of plastic water bottles everywhere we go. It also ensures the safety and supply of your water. Be sure to bring two water bottles with you also. No water is considered safe to drink on this program unless you have filtered it or it has been boiled.
Giardia lamblia. Cryptosporidium. Campylobacter jejuni. Hepatitis A. All are members of an invisible fluvial zoo that may be present in developing country water.
How do they get there? When water becomes tainted by animal or human feces. What impact could such microbes have? They can leave you reeling with diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, weight loss and fatigue. How long might these symptoms last? Between 4 and 6 weeks. Maybe longer. Ugh.
Portable water filters and purifiers both operate on the same mechanical principle. Using a hand pump and intake hose, both slurp up “raw” water from a lake or stream and force it through an internal element (a filtering “medium”). This medium traps suspended elements — from fine sediment to invisible microorganisms—before dispensing clean water into a container of your choice.
What’s the difference between a filter and a purifer?
Water filter—A microbiological device that removes bacteria (e.g., Campylobacter jejuni) and protozoan cysts (Giardia lamblia, cryptosporidium) from contaminated water.
Water purifier—A microbiological device that removes bacteria, protozoan cysts and viruses (e.g., hepatitis A) from contaminated water
For your purposes its best to talk to the sales agent and tell them you intend to use this for water in a developing country.
Note: Pregnant women and people with thyroid conditions often have adverse reactions to iodine. Consult a physician before selecting a purifier.
What to look for:
• Easy to pump
• Simple to use
• Capable of sustaining a steady, generous flow
• Effective against waterborne pathogens
• Slow to clog, easy to clean
How can you tell if a filter or purifier delivers in these areas? Look for clues in the specification chart that accompanies each product description.