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: 

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.

Other Stuff

  • 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:

  • WhatsApp

  • Paypal

  • Splitwise

  • XE Currency Converter

Personal Medication

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.