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 - 2 pairs. Quick drying synthetic hiking pants are the best. White Sierra Women's Hiking Pants
Hiking shoes - you’ll want a good pair of hiking shoes/boots that are already worn-in when you arrive.
You will need a good pair a 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.
For Ultra, 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 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 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... 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.