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Free Packing List for Amazon Rainforest Trip (Downloadable)

Are you getting ready for a trip to the Amazon rainforest? You’re in the right place! In this post, we share a free downloadable packing list for Amazon rainforest trip.

Download your free Amazon Packing List PDF or keep reading for more detail.

Packing List for Amazon Rainforest Trip

The weather in the Amazon Jungle is hot and humid year round.

It rains frequently and often unexpectedly, but the rain is warm and freshens the air. The average temperature is 80ºF / 26ºC. The rainiest season is from April to September, but most of the time there is rain in the afternoon.

When it comes to packing for an Amazon rainforest trip you should pack light, and focus on waterproof gear and quick-dry (activewear) clothing.

Free Packing List for Amazon Rainforest Trip

In the Amazon it rains, a lot. And while it is warm, the evenings cool off which means you could feel chilled, especially if your clothing is damp.

The high humidity mixed with hot temperatures will make you sweat, further adding to damp clothing. Some prefer to bring a couple changes of clothing per day – one for daytime excursions, and one for the evenings around the hotel/lodge.


If that sounds good to you, then bring double the number of shirts and pants per Amazon travel day.

Many of the items on this list are what you will also need to travel to other parts of Ecuador, like the Galapagos, and the Sierra (Andes mountains).

You might also want to download a Galapagos Packing List.

Download your free Amazon packing list as a printable PDF

Packing List for Amazon Rainforest Trip

Packing List for Amazon Rainforest Trip

Free Amazon Packing List

We’ll start this packing list for Amazon Rainforest Trip off with travel essentials.

Travel Essentials (Amazon)

  • Cash: USD in small bills, 20’s or smaller. Depending on your location in the Amazon it may be difficult (or impossible) to find an ATM. Cash is always a good idea. Many locations will not accept anything above a $50, smaller bills are best. You may want cash for souvenirs, personal items and tips.
  • Credit card. Most locations accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express.
  • Passport and a copy of your passport.
  • Travel / Medical insurance information.
  • Quality sunblock and a wide-brim sunhat. The sun is strong on the equator and you don’t want a burn to ruin your trip. Make sure to bring or buy broad spectrum, waterproof, high SPF sunblock.
  • Medication. Make sure to bring enough of whatever prescription and non prescription medication you need. This may be hard or impossible to come by in the Amazon, and if they do have it you may not recognize the Spanish equivalent. Along with your prescription medication, you may want to pack pain medication, motion sickness pills, and Pepto-Bismol.
  • Extra eye glasses/sun glasses and contacts.
  • Band-aids and antibiotic cream. A small basic first aid kit is always a good idea.
  • Lip salve.
  • Bug spray/insect repellent with DEET.
  • Anti itch cream.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toiletries. Toothpaste, toothbrush, sanitary napkins, comb… If you plan on wearing makeup, waterproof would be the best choice. You may want to leave your razor at home because nicks and cuts could easily become infected in the jungle. It would be better to bring hair removal gel or get a wax before you travel.
  • Binoculars. These are essential for seeing birds and other animals in the canopy.
  • Waterproof day pack. You’re going to want something to keep your things dry during excursions.
  • Refillable water bottle.

Clothing (Amazon)

Depending on where you are staying you may want to pack something a little dressier for social time at the lodge/hotel in the evenings.

  • Quick-dry active wear Long-sleeve shirts and lightweight travel pants. These items will help provide sun protection and keep biting insects at bay. Loose, light colors are best.
  • Shorts and light weight T-shirts. These may be best for around the lodge/hotel. But on a sunny day (depending on what your excursion includes) shorts and a t-shirt may be fine. It’s best to ask the day before so you can bee prepared. Quick-dry active wear is best.
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking shoes/boots. You’ll be in and out of canoes and hiking through the muddy jungle, best to come prepared. Make sure you bring waterproof footwear that is comfortable and worn in (not brand new).
  • Comfortable sandals or flipflops. These will be great when your lounging around at your hotel.
  • Swimsuits. Bring two swimsuits. That way you can hang one to dry while you’re wearing the other.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket (waterproof shell) and sweaters. A waterproof shell will help keep you comfy in the rain, and it’s easy to tuck away in your bag when the sky clears. You may want a sweater to help keep you comfy around the hotel/lodge in the evening when it’s cooler.
  • Cotton scarf/bandanna. This will help protect your neck from the sun.
  • Comfortable, long socks. Long socks will help keep bug bites down because you can tuck your pant legs into them. If they are waterproof, even better.
  • Comfortable underwear.

Travel Gear (Amazon)

  • Sturdy luggage. Your luggage will probably be transported by bus, boat, van… It could get jostled around a bit. If it’s good and sturdy, you won’t have anything to worry about.
  • Camera and camera gear. Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, or a flash drive to store your images.
  • Waterproof bags. When traveling in a rainy climate and by boat, it’s a good idea to protect your electronics by sealing them in a waterproof bag.
  • Waterproof camera. This is not a necessity, but could make your trip more hassle free.
  • Extra batteries. You might consider a power bank to charge your phone, tablet, and other camera batteries.
  • Spanish phrase book. Your tour guide will speak English, but if you don’t know much Spanish a phrase book is always a good idea. Even if you can’t pronounce the words, you can hold the book and point to what you want to say. This is very helpful in Ecuador because English is taught as a second language in school. Many times, if a Spanish-speaker knows what you’re trying to say, they can either speak or write a little English to help you out. This could come in handy at restaurants, shops, and other locations.
  • A journal with pen/pencil.
  • Flashlight/Headlamp. For night excursions and/or power-outage.
  • Money belt.
  • Hand fan. A handheld fan can help keep mosquitoes away when the air is still.

There you have it your free packing list for Amazon rainforest trip. Download your free Amazon packing list as a printable PDF

Now that you’re not worried about what to pack you can focus on how awesome it will be to explore one of the most biologically diverse places on earth!

What Not to Bring to The Amazon

As you think about what to bring, it’s also important to think about what not to bring.

Try to remove the extra packaging from toiletries and gear (like extra batteries, memory cards…). The less garbage you bring to the Amazon the better. And if you can pack out any that you have to bring, all the better.

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