RECOMMENDED MANU EQUIPMENT LIST
(things you should plan to bring)[PDF]

  •  Backpack (find one that suits you best, but it should be able to hold your personal supplies plus some food/extra gear)
  • Tent (1-2 person, with rain fly and waterproof footprint.  Having your own tent is recommended for your own privacy.  We have 2 2-person tents available for assistants if you don’t have your own tent, but it’s likely that you will have to share them)
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sleeping bag (temperature rating 0-15° C)
  • Sleeping pad (Thermorests are quite comfortable, Ridgerests are a bit cheaper)
  • Water bottles (2 bottles, Nalgene works well)
  • Small backpack or hip-pack (for day trips)
  • Flashlights with extra bulbs if needed (the trick is to get something bright that doesn’t eat batteries; mini-maglites are nice to have, and there is an LED Energizer headlamp that seems to outcompete even the expensive Petzl brand in brightness and battery life)
  •  Binoculars (10x40 or 8x32 are best; Zeiss, Swarovski, Leica are great names but very expensive. Eagle Optics makes a nice, middle-priced set called the Ranger that people have been happy with)
  • Pocket knife or leatherman
  • Lighter or matches
  • Rain gear (rain jacket and pants; ponchos also come in very handy—I sometimes prefer them to rainjackets)
  • Rubber boots (you can find a pair in Cusco if you need to, but this will be a requirement for working in lower elevations)
  • Sock hat, gloves, long underwear, down vest, fleece jacket (all for high elevations, Cusco)
  • Field pants (2-3 pair), jeans or “nice” pants (for Cusco/travel), shorts (1 pair, for soccer)
  • Long sleeved shirts (2-3, button-up shirts are ideal for buggy, hot places), field t-shirts, nice shirt (for Cusco/travel)
  • Socks (lots, Smartwools are good, something you can ring out and wear for days on end)
  • Tennis shoes (for travel, campsites)
  • Sandals or Tevas (for showers or swimming)
  • Hiking boots (especially for higher elevations)
  • Bandanas
  • Ziplock bags (various sizes, also necessary to get liquid toiletries, etc. through airport checks)
  • Extra batteries (enough for your own equipment, if you bring rechargeable batteries also bring a charger)
  • Insect repellent (Repellents with DEET have been recommended to repel Phlebotomine sand flies which carry Leishmaniasis.  Leishmaniasis is primarily a concern in the lowlands, but the flies that transmit it may also occur in the lower elevation “foothills” up to 1000m—I haven’t noticed them there in visits past, however.  A related species occurs in San Pedro at 1400m, but these are not known to carry Leish)

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT (things that assistants have brought along in the past)
  • Field notebook/journal
  • Camera (if it’s digital, don’t forget extra batteries and memory cards)
  • Laptop
  • iPod/MP3 player and headphones (useful for birdsongs, and music is nice to have)
  • Drybag or water resistant stuff sack
  • Eating utensils (if you want to bring your own)
  • Plastic tarp (we have several, but extras are always useful)
  • Comfort foods (candies, peanut butter, cake and muffin mixes)
  • Water filter, iodine tablets, water treatment drops (we’ll have these, but having multiple filters has come in handy in the past)
  • Headset with mic (for making phone calls on Skype)
STANDARD IMMUNIZATIONS:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A,B
  • RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS/FIRST AID SUPPLIES TO BRING:
  • Altitude sickness pills (if you will need them, for Cusco, Wayqecha, Tres Cruces)
  • Anti-diarrheal medicines
  • Antibiotics: Ciprofloxacina, Amoxicilina, Tetraciclina
  • Antihistimine (Benadryll)
  • Bandages & tape (Lots of Band-Aids)
  • Foot fungus medication (Ketaconazol, since there are resistant types of fungus)
  • Hydrocortizone cream
  • Optical antibiotic (especially if you have contacts), Terramicina
  • Ibuprofen
  • Sun block (for the highlands)
  • Topical antibacterial cream
  • Tylenol/advil
  • Metronidazol (Flagyl) for giardiasis
  • Snake bite kit
  • Foot or talcum powder
EQUIPMENT FOR GENERAL USE THAT WILL BE PROVIDED:

  • Cookware (pots, pans, dishes, eating utensils)
  • Cook stove (2-3 stoves including an MSR Whisperlite International and 2 small Doite stoves.  In San Pedro we have a propane stove and tank)
  • Water filter (MSR Sweetwater), iodine tablets, water purification drops
  • Tarps with rope or cord
  • First aid kit (basic)
  • Generator (Honda portable) and surge protector (for use in San Pedro)

 

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