Ultra Packing List
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Keep in mind that the weather can range widely depending on the country you visit. Temperatures can range from near freezing to 100*. The following is a basic list of clothing:
- Socks. No Show Performance Socks
- Shirts. While extravagance is not necessary, these should be made of good, synthetic wicking fabric. This will be helpful in drying quickly. Nike Women's Legends Shirt Addidas Performance Women's Shirt
- Skirts. GTO asks that skirts cover the knees when sitting. Weather in Asia is warm in most countries and shorter skirts can be comfortable. However, you will very likely travel to countries where floor length skirts are required by the local contact. Even if shorter skirts are your preference, you will want to bring several long skirts.
- Rain Jacket. Being able to stay dry is great. Waterproof, breathable outerwear such as Gore-Tex is wonderful, but if it’s outside your budget, cheaper vinyl raincoats or ponchos also work well. Make sure its “waterproof”, not “water-resistant”. Paradox Waterproof Breathable Women's Rain Jacket
- Sweatshirt. Some places/times may be chilly.
- Travel Towel. Often handy to have. PackTowl
- Formal Outfits. Though you will be traveling in developing countries, there will be times you will have the opportunity to dress up. Make sure to bring a white formal dress, along with a few other outfits.
- Skort(s). Modest Athletic Skort
- Hiking Pants. Quick drying synthetic hiking pants are the best. White Sierra Women's Hiking Pants
You will need a good pair a sneakers/walking shoes. Depending on the country you visit, you will do a lot a walking.
For Ultra, you'll want a big backpack. Something from 70-90L, that will allow you enough room to live out in a village for a few weeks. Kelty is a great brand. In addition to a large backpack, you'll also want a smaller daypack. Kelty Women's Catalyst 76L Backpack or Kelty Women's Red Cloud 80L Backpack. You'll also need a raincover like the Kelty Rain Cover.
You'll need a communication device. Something as small as a phone or ipod can work, or you may prefer a laptop or ipad. You may also want a camera.
- Bible. Travel size is nice. ESV Thinline Bible
- Journal. Something small, sturdy and portable. BookFactory 192 page Journal
- Sleeping Bag Suisse Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag
- Headlamp. Be sure to bring a few extra sets of batteries for your headlamp. Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp
- Water Bottle(s). Nalgene makes great water bottles. They're really durable, and also quite cheap. Nalgene 32 Oz Water Bottle
- Pocket Knife. Gerber Paraframe Knife
- Sunscreen. May be more useful than you think... Sun Bum Face Stick SPF 30
- Insect Control. As a general rule, where it’s hot and humid, there are all kinds of bugs. DEET works most effectively. Repel 4-Ounce DEET
- Carabeeners. Optional, can be nice to attach things to your backpack.
- Toiletries. We recommend bringing one month’s supply of basic toiletries. While specialized options may not be available, most items can be bought locally for a decent price. If you use tampons, come with a six-month’s supply as they cannot be found as readily in Asian countries.
- Credit/Debit Card. Most people prefer pulling cash from an ATM rather than bringing larger amounts of USD, but both are options. In order to be able to use your credit/debit card, contact your bank and let them know you’ll be using your credit/debit cards in Asia for the next 6 months.
- Cash. You will be able to withdraw money from ATMs here, but it is always a good idea to have USD when traveling to different countries within Asia. We recommend bringing at least $1-2000 USD.
If you regularly take medication or have any medical condition, be sure to have 6 month supply on hand, and inform us about your condition PRIOR to arrival in Malaysia.
This is our recommendation. If you’d like to carry more/less, it’s up to you.