The Napo Wildlife Center provides rubber boots (up to US men's size 11) and nylon rain ponchos free of charge to those guests who request them. You may choose to use your own boots or sneakers for forest hikes depending upon the conditions. Likewise, you may bring your own raingear. Of course soap, shampoo, towels, and other such items are provided just as they are at any luxury hotel.
There is a 44-pound (20kg) per person baggage limit on the flights from Quito to Coca, and overweight will be charged directly by the airline. This limit should not pose a problem to most Napo Wildlife Center travelers; also most hotels in Quito will store your dress clothes and heavy jackets for you while you are with us.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
We suggest that you consider the following general packing suggestions, but please consult your travel agent if you have any questions. There are obviously many personal choices that can alter this list (pants with zip-off legs, for example) so please view this as a guide and pack for your preference. You may wish to print this page and use it as a basic checklist.
- Good binoculars for wildlife viewing (an absolute necessity). We suggest that each visitor carry their own binoculars.
- Camera/video gear (if using film, lower ASA for open areas (50 or 100), higher ASA for forest (400 and up). [24 hour electricity (120v) is available for charging batteries and digital equipment.]
- Two or three pairs of lightweight long pants.
- Two or three long-sleeved lightweight shirts.
- Two or three T-shirts.
- One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge).
- Lightweight sweater or jacket.
- Raingear (if you prefer not to use the ponchos provided).
- Three or four pairs of cotton socks.
- Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
- Three or four pairs of absorbent socks.
- Small day pack for excursions.
- A bottle or canteen to carry water on hike (1-quart size is sufficient).
- Ziplock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
- Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration).
- Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks.
- Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain – very useful!).
- A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides).
- Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.
- Swimsuit (if you intend to swim in the lake).
- Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
- Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
- A photocopy of your passport (always good to have while traveling).
- Money (in small US$ bills – ones and fives and coins) for bar bills and Artesania purchases.
- We recommend using rechargeable batteries in your visit to the lodge so that you need not dispose of used batteries, thus contributing to the quality of our environment.