Some things we recommend you bring

By October 25, 2019 Bird Tour Preparation

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


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


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


Mosquito repellent

Long-sleeved clothes as a precaution against biting insects

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