Beyond The Amazon: Packing for Peru's Western Wilderness (part 9)

Kathy relaxing after packing up the camp Kathy relaxing after packing up the camp Photo by: Jerry Wills


Our packs must fit a determined size and weight because of airlines restrictions. Each pack must be assembled to fit within their requirements. If you error you will probably be faced with the need to repack at the airport (this is a terrible mess), or pay a huge fee to bring the items you need with you. To leave something behind is not an option.

We try to pack as light as possible (though it probably doesn't't sound like it). Three pants, five shirts, a rain jacket and rain pants, two pair of shoes (one we are wearing), underwear and socks, and our toiletries. This, plus food and equipment, must fit within our Osprey backpacks and the cargo bag we always have along. Each backpack weighs in at around 45 to 50 pounds (20 to 23 kilograms). The tents and other equipment needed for camp (cookware, toilet, etc), and support equipment for the videos (tripods, etc) are packed into the cargo bag. The cargo bag weighs in at around 70 pounds (32 kilograms). Video and still camera gear is carried in a separate "Fannie pack" around our waists. These sensitive items are divided between Kathy and I as our carry-on's.

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