Environmental Learning Institute 2003
Please do not plan on anything but handwashing and sun drying your clothing during the expedition.
Hiking Boots (Maya Coast is often wet and the tropical evergreen forest
is branchy and thick)
Pants, 2-3 pair, micro-fiber, such as SUPPLEX(e.g. Royal Robbins, Gramicci).
These are amazing, lite weight, super cool, incredibly comforable, wash
easily and dry very fast. You could get by with other lite weight fabrics.
Bathing suit (consider the extremely strong sun; for snorkeling consider you will be exposed for hours...protect your self from radiation and skin cancer)
Supplex, micro-fiber long sleeve shirts, 3 (you can always roll up the
sleeves, good for sun protection and nasty insects); These are amazing,
lite weight, super cool, incredibly comforable, wash easily and dry very
fast. You could get by with other lite weight fabrics.
Rain Shell like a poncho, it's hot and humid in the tropics, a tight mountain GORTEX shell is overkill.
Umbrella (short, lite weight, good in the tropical Maya Coast for those afternoon thunder showers)
Baseball cap or other sun shade hat
Backpack, (use this as your luggage case, it'll make moving around a
lot easier; highly recommend the Mountainsmith Mountain-Lite Backpacks)
Sleeping Bag: Summer, super light weight
Sleeping Pad: e.g. mountain hardware or thermarest. In the first couple of days you can also buy a few cheap blankets and use that for your pad.
Flashlights, bring extra batteries. Bring 2; one powerful one for night hikes and one that is good for reading at night in your room or tent, the new 3-4 LED headlamps by Black Diamond and Petzl are excellent.
Camera: you'll truly regret it if you don't bring a camera. But also remember that sun, surf and sand aren't the best friends of photo gear. If you're digital and battery intensive then please bring lots of extra batteries and memory. You won't have much chance to recharge.
Snorkel, Mask and Flippers: Yes, you must bring these from home. Please check them out in your local pool and get used to breathing through a snorkel, looking through a mask, and moving around and staying afloat with flippers BEFORE you arrive. You'll enjoy your self so much more and get more out of the course if you arrive comfortable with snorkeling. Our master diver, David Wojnowski, will review snorkel skills and safety on our first visit to the reef.
Personal First Aid Kit
Sunglasses with retainers
Field notebook: a place to record your educational, scientific and natural history field notes. Something that fits into your pocket or daypack and that you will have with you at all times. The learning opportunities are so rich and it's best to record these as they occur rather than depend on your memory.
Favorite dry snacks
A hidden wallet: many models sold by Eagle Creek are excellent. They hang on your neck or wrap around your waist and remain under your shirt, skirt or pants. Very secure for keeping your passport and money handy and safe.
Wristwatch: Plastic cheap Casio. This is required because the entire team is dependent on everyone knowing what time it is. For some it's tempting to take off your watch. Please save that experience for after the course.
We recommend that you do not wear valuable jewelry. Don't invite trouble.