What to pack

We are providing you with a list of things to bring for your travel however the purpose is to give you only an idea of what can be required so please do not consider this an ultimate list. There are may be things which will not be necessary for a particular trip (ex- you don’t require mountain trekking boots on a golden triangle cultural tour) and there are things we may have not mentioned here but you think they will be needed by you on your trip (ex- a pocket video game or mini movie player). Please pack at your own judgement and consider our list just a guide for you with some useful packing suggestions.
Horizon journeys suggests you to check the weather conditions before coming so that you can do the necessary packing according to the weather.
If there are specific luggage requirements on any of our trip we will mention that in the trip dossier of the particular trip.


1. Luggage
It is recommended that you bring a backpack, rather than a suitcase, if it’s a bag with wheels make sure it has shoulder straps. Having an easily carrying bag will make it comfortable for travel between places. Please be aware that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage many times. We advise you to limit your luggage to no more than 15kg for ease of travelling. You will also need to bring a daypack for excursions and sightseeing to keep your camera, water, sunscreen etc.


2. Sleeping
Bringing a sleeping sheet and travel pillow are advised for overnight bus and train journeys. If you are opting for a mountain trip you need to bring a sleeping bag that is suitable for the seasonal conditions especially if it’s extreme cold during your travels (please check the weather conditions before coming).

3. Footwear
Footwear should be comfortable enough so that you can walk easily. Walking boots are advised for some excursions and you need to bring proper trekking shoes and socks if your itinerary includes mountain trekking. Bring flip flops for short street walks.


4. Clothing
We advise you to bring adequate number of cloths but not to bring excess and making your luggage too heavy. Easy to wash and dry cloths are recommended, Bring long sleeve shirts and full length trousers/skirts which can be very useful when going to religious places, village walks and also in the evenings when mosquitoes are out (Zip off trousers will be good as they can be multipurpose). You can also bring some elegant cloths for the nights out. Keep night clothes/sleepwear in your bag.
Don’t forget to bring some Light brown/natural/beige coloured cloths if your trip includes a Jungle safari/walk.
Check the climate for the time of year you are visiting – don’t assume it will be hot all year around. Warm clothes will be needed from October to February and also for mountain excursions. Comfortable, loose fitting cotton clothes are best for March to September.


5. Medical
We/Our tour leaders cannot administer medicine, please make sure that you bring a first aid kit. Suggested minimum contents: painkillers, band aids, diarrhoea relief medication (such as Imodium) for mild cases, rehydration solution powder, Travel sickness tablets, anti-histamine, antiseptic wipes/cream, bite relief cream and Anti-malaria pills (if recommended by doctor),
Bottled water is safe to drink but you may wish to bring water purification drops/tablets if your itinerary includes excursions to places where it may not be readily available.
Please don’t forget to bring any prescription medication, as well as prescription glasses/contact lenses with solution if you use them. We strongly advise you visit a travel clinic in your home country before departure, to seek advice on travel health for your destination. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have taken adequate steps to maintain good health during your trip. Please ensure that you take out adequate travel insurance that will cover any medical issues you may experience while travelling..


6. Documentation
All the required documents such as Trip voucher , your passport with a validity of 6 months beyond your intended length of stay, a valid visa beyond the length of stay, travel insurance documents with 24 hours emergency numbers, International flight tickets to and from the destination, plus photocopies of these documents to be carried separately from the originals (Make sure you left a copy at home as well which can be accessible by your family/friends when needed, also email a copy to yourself) Please keep a printed copy of your trip dossier and Booking conditions with you for any reference. Don’t forget to bring spare passport photos.


7. Money
ATMs are accessible in most destinations, but you are also advised to bring some cash (USD, British Sterling, AUD or Euros) or traveller’s cheques for occasions when it is not possible to use your debit or credit card. Make sure you have a money belt which you can hide well and wear comfortably.


8. Weather
Sunscreen lotion (+30), lip balm, sun glasses and hat for hot days. A waterproof jacket/umbrella plus means of waterproofing your luggage/day sack for rainy days. Warm jackets, Woolen scarfs, gloves, Thermals/base layers for extreme cold especially for trekking trips.


9. Other useful things

• Camera and batteries, film or memory cards, dust proof camera bag, tri pod, and other camera gears if needed.
• Phone + charger
• Plug adapter for the travelling destination
• An alarm clock
• Audio player with batteries
• Torch for night-time use, head torch
• Pocket calculator
• A laptop if needed
• Binoculars if doing a wild life tour
• Insect repellent, insect bite cream
• Travel towel, swimming costume
• Earplugs
• Padlocks (and keys)
• A chain and lock for train journeys
• Eye mask
• Army knife
• Playing cards
• Water bottle to avoid plastic bottles
• Pen/paper/diary
• Books to read
• Local language phrase book
• Small cloth bags to avoid plastic
• Washing detergent
• Small sewing kit
• Toiletries
• Shaving kit
• Driving licence if you hire a vehicle during your travels
• Postcards or pictures from your country to how to the local people