Some things we recommend you bring

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(general list for all tours – specific destinations may need further recommendations)

  • Binoculars (the guides cannot lend theirs)
  • A spotting scope and tripod or window mount (optional)
  • Field guides
  • Any other birding equipment
  • Photographic equipment (optional)
  • Spare batteries for photographic and other gear
  • Flashlight/torch/headlamp with spare batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication (including anti-malaria drugs). We recommend packing important medication (and a change of clothes) in your hand luggage in the unlikely event of lost luggage.
  • Some countries might require a valid Yellow Fever Certificate, and we advise visiting a travel clinic or your family doctor and visiting the Center for Disease Control website for health advice.
  • Rain gear
  • Alarm clock
  • Passport and, if required, visa
  • Copies of passport, medical insurance policies, and other important documents that can be left with the Birding Ecotours office, with your guide, and at your home.
  • Money for alcoholic beverages, gifts, tips, items of a personal nature, etc. Traveler’s checks are often difficult to use except in the USA, but Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, including for drawing local currency at ATMs.
  • Hiking boots plus another pair of shoes and sandals
  • Swimming gear
  • Cap/hat and dark glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Long-sleeved clothes as a precaution against biting insects

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