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What to Pack for your Brazil Tour

What to Pack for your Brazil Tour

A little reminder of things you should consider when packing your bags for your trip to Brazil and anywhere else in South America. Many items will be recommended additions for any trip or any destination of course. There may be other parts of your itinerary that require more specialised advice, which we will cover separately as necessary, for such things as treks and certain other activities.

Essentials

These are the legal and logistical requirements for your trip.
• Passports with Tourist/Business Visa if necessary, and a validity of at least 6 months
• Photocopy of your passports including the photo page and any page containing necessary visas – it is always a good idea to carry one copy in your wallet/purse at all times and store another copy in your main luggage
• Photocopies of insurance documents, front of credit cards, driving licence if necessary, any medical details
• Airline Tickets/eTickets for both international and domestic flights - it is also wise to leave copies of your flight itineraries on an email address that you can access while travelling, just in case you need to check details and schedule changes before travel
• Your Brazil Adventure Tours Program and Vouchers, again with copies stored on your travel email address too, although we will provide a copy for you as well if necessary
• Some passport photos, just in case...

Clothing

Your journey to Brazil is more than likely to be in the warmer weather, only the far south of Brazil can claim to have anything approaching a winter season. Even then, at least one longsleeved item is recommended. In general, Brazil has a very casual approach to clothing (of course!), so jackets and ties are rarely necessary, unless for official functions. About the only rule to remember in Brazil is that some nightclubs insist on gentlemen not wearing flipflops/sandals. Unless you are combining your time in Brazil with a trip to the southern parts of Argentina or the Andes of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, then you are unlikely to need any warm clothing.

• Long trousers, preferably light material, possibly the type that zips into shorts
• Long-sleeved top such as a fleece – even in the equatorial Amazon area, it can be surprisingly cool at night sometimes
• Light long-sleeved top for evenings to keep mosquitoes away
• Raincoat – most areas of Brazil do catch some rain and it can be heavy, so it is wise to always pack a raincoat
• Shorts
• Swimming/beachwear – please remember that although Brazil is famous for the tiny bikinis, it is actually illegal for ladies to go topless on Brazilian beaches, surprisingly!
• Sandals or flip-flops for wearing around pools and beaches especially, but also for most downtime. Brazilians live in their flip-flops!
• Shoes that are suitable for walking and possible wet paths, especially at places such as Iguazu Falls and the Amazon. Walking sandals are generally ok too, although for jungle areas, then open-toed footwear is less recommended due to possible interaction with ground vegetation, insects and possibly snakes too.
• Sunglasses – the southern hemisphere sun is very strong and bright, your eyes do need protection from the UVA & UVB rays
• Sunhat – Tours in the middle of the day can be hot in the Brazilian sun
• Any trekking tours that involve the mountains will require a proper coat. Even Mt Roraima, very close to the equator, can be cold at night on the summit. 

Supplies

The basics of your trip that will ensure that your journey is more comfortable.

• Sunblock of at least Factor 30, preferably water-proof.
• After-Sun rehydration cream for face and body.
• Insect Repellent of minimum 20% DEET. Yellow Fever is a risk in the Amazon and Pantanal areas, malaria also although it is not so common in most of Brazil. Dengue Fever is more common though, so repellent is advised even during the day.
• Toiletries, Medication and Travel First-Aid Kit. Best to bring everything from home, toiletries are probably cheaper there than in Brazil these days.
• Torch/Flashlight – remote places can suffer from power cuts, and they even happen occasionally in the big cities
• Batteries as necessary
• Water bottle for use during excursions & activities, preferably non-disposable Nalgeen type
• Binoculars, useful for everyone visiting the areas of Amazon and Atlantic Rainforest, the Pantanal, the Brazilian Cerrado, any national park and just about anywhere where wildlife may be encountered.
• Cash in Brazilian Reals for souvenirs, drinks, coconuts and such extras at places that may not accept cards
• Multiple Travel Plug Adaptor such as the Fuji Worldwide. Brazil has many different types of plugs, plus both 110v and 220v in different areas.
• USB Charger and Surge Protector for electrical equipment if necessary.
• Plus the electrical equipment itself of course! Camera, video camera, phone, laptops and tablets (if you must...), all of which should be kept out of sight when not in use, especially in the big cities of Brazil.
• A waterproof bag for storing valuables, for use in the rainforest and on the beach especially, but also any time when it looks like it might rain
• Also worth taking at least smaller amount of foreign cash, US$100 say, stored in a different part of your luggage to the rest of your money for emergency use only.
• Any specialised equipment for activities included, snorkel & mask, climbing belt, horse-riding helmet for example. 
   

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