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:
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”. Columbia Women’s Arcadia II Waterproof Rain Jacket Paradox Waterproof Breathable Women's Rain Jacket
Sweatshirt. Some places/times may be chilly. Amazon Essentials Women’s Fleece Pullover Hoodie
Warm hat. Vmevo Wool Cuffed Beanie Hat with Lining
Travel Towel. A small, absorbent travel towel is best. PackTowl
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.
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.
For the most part, you’ll be able to wear many of the same clothes here as you do at home. Comfort, practicality, and ease of packing should be your priorities. We ask that you don’t bring more than 1 check-in & 1 carry-on, so keep that in mind as you pack.
You’ll want a good pair of hiking shoes/boots that are already worn-in when you arrive. Keen & Merrell both make good hiking shoes. KEEN Women's Targhee II Hiking Shoe Columbia Women's Dakota Drifter Waterproof Shoe
You will need a good pair of sneakers/walking shoes as well as dependable sandals. Depending on the country you visit, you will do a lot a walking. Chacos or Birkenstocks come highly recommended by former Ultra teams. Chaco Women's ZX2 Classic Athletic Sandal Birkenstock Women's Florida Leather Sandal
This is one thing you will not want to skimp on. You'll want a big backpack -something from 70-90L that will allow you enough room to live out of for a few weeks. Kelty or Osprey are great brands. In addition to a large backpack, you'll also want a smaller daypack. Kelty Redcloud 80 Women's Hiking Backpack Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack
You'll also need a raincover like the Kelty Rain Cover.
You'll need a communication device. Something as small as a phone can work, or you may prefer a laptop or tablet. Bringing your laptop may be a good idea, as long as it’s not too bulky.
You may also want a camera - it’s nice if at least someone on the team has a camera. Your phone might not always be an option.
Bible. Travel size is nice. ESV Thinline Bible
Journal. Something small, sturdy and portable. AmazonBasics Classic Lined Notebook
Sleeping Bag. Odyssey takes place primarily in tropical weather, however you may be traveling in much colder weather throughout Ultra. Small is good, but staying warm is good too. Mummy Sleeping Bag with Compression Sack Northstar Tactical CoreTech 2.5 Sleeping Bag
Hammock. Portable Single Camping Hammock
Headlamp. Be sure to bring a few extra sets of batteries for your headlamp. LED Headlamp Flashlight
Water Bottles. (2) 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.… Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70
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
Carabiners. Optional, can be nice to attach things to your backpack. Aluminum D-Ring Locking Carabiner
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.
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. If you plan to use a credit card, make sure to get one with no foreign transaction fees.
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.
Passport photos. You’ll need these for various visas throughout Ultra.
Here are also a few apps that will be helpful to have downloaded before you arrive:
XE Currency Converter
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.