(General list for all tours – specific destinations may need further recommendations)
Binoculars (the guides cannot lend theirs)
A spotting scope and tripod or window mount (optional)
Any other birding equipment
Photographic equipment (optional)
Spare batteries for photographic and other gear
Flashlight/torch/headlamp with spare batteries
Personal medication (including anti-malaria drugs). We recommend packing important medication (and a change of clothes) in your hand luggage in the unlikely event of lost luggage.
Some countries might require a valid Yellow Fever Certificate, and we advise visiting a travel clinic or your family doctor and visiting the Center for Disease Control website for health advice.
Passport and, if required, visas
Copies of passport, medical insurance policies, and other important documents, which can be left with the Birding Ecotours office or at your home.
Money for alcoholic beverages, gifts, tips, items of a personal nature, etc. Traveler’s checks are often difficult to use except in the USA, but Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, including for drawing local currency at ATM’s.
Hiking boots plus another pair of shoes and sandals
Cap/hat and dark glasses
Long-sleeved clothes as a precaution against biting insects