I’ve been using the Nikon Monarch 8×42 binoculars for several years now and love them! They are lightweight, have the perfect magnification and very sturdy.
Lonely Planet is having a Valentines Day sale you will LOVE! Simply use promo code LOVETRAVEL from now until 16 Feb to get one free book or ebook for each one you buy. Ebooks are greener and easier to carry, I’ve been using them for years now – the pdf versions.
World Wildlife Fund has a list of items they feel are essential for traveling in rainforest areas. See their list then see which items I agree with.
- Hand Fan – I don’t normally use one. Trying to juggle a camera and binoculars is enough!
- Mosquito Repellant – absolutely! Especially with Zika, Malaria and other nasties about!
- Long Pants – another yes! They add extra protection against mosquitoes.
- Long socks – sort of. I hate shoes and socks but will wear them if I absolutely have to, though I tend to stick to established trails when birding. I do have leech socks and have worn them in Sri Lanka.
- Poncho – yes, I bring one more for protecting my camera than myself!
- Bandana – sort of. I have lead bands to keep the sweat off and I recently bought a Buff (as seen in Survivor) for more variety in headgear.
- Pencil – not really. I probably should take more notes while birding but I really prefer to to my bird list back at the lodge, preferably with help from my guide.
- Trail Mix – OK, not trail mix exactly but I usually bring some kind of snack and definitely lots of water.
And I have to add
9. Scottevest – love all the pockets to carry stuff in!
It’s that time of year when Scottevest puts some of their most popular items on sale with huge discounts! I always travel with one and it really helps me get through with carry on only on those airlines that are stingy with weight requirements for carry on bags. Jackets aren’t weighed! If you have a city-based trip, there are some more professional looking jackets that allow you to keep your valuables securely pocketed away.
14 styles including men’s & women’s styles and some jackets suited for the working porfessional – all with the trademark Scottevest pocket system.
Good time to stock up on Lonely Planet books & ebooks as they have a 45% off “secret sale” which is not so secret anymore! I like the ebooks as they eliminate the need for a heavy book to carry around and don’t kill any trees.
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During our trip around Africa, the use of Scottevests was essential to allowing us to stick to carry-on bags only. It wasn’t the size of the bags, it was the weight. Most birders have lots of heavy camera gear and bird field guides. At several airports, they weighed our carry-ons and we would have been forced to check some bags if we didn’t have the Scottevests to stuff the heavy stuff into! If you are traveling to hot climates, I recommend the Featherweight Vest. It is available in men’s and women’s sizes and comes in cement & cadet blue. The cement is a better choice for birding.
Those afternoon tropical rains won’t be a problem as it is even waterproof – watch Scott in the video below as he demonstrates the features.
Always check out the daily sale tab at the top, they have a different item on sale each day!
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Since next year’s trip involves a lot of economy flights, I was looking for a way to keep things I need during the flight on hand so I don’t have to keep digging into my backpack in the overhead locker. This one looks nice, has lots of pockets and fits neatly into the seat pocket. Has anyone ever used one of these?
Here in Australia the weather is heating up which reminds me how important it is to stay hydrated when you are hiking through a national park looking for birds. There are many different ways to carry water with you. You may elect to buy one mineral water bottle and just keep refilling it if you are in a place where water is safe to drink. Or you can get a product like this collapsible water bottle which has the added feature of collapsing down so you can carry it past airport security empty, then fill it up at a water fountain.
If you are birding somewhere that doesn’t have safe tap water, most eco-lodges will supply boiled water for you to refill bottle such as these or if you are camping then you can boil your own water. Whatever you do, stay hydrated and stay safe!
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I’ve blogged about Scottevest numerous times and how useful they are, especially for eco-tourists and basically anyone who wants to cut down on carry on bags. Now, through 16 Aug, as a Scottevest affiliate, I am able to offer my readers 20% off storewide except for the Outlet. Please use my link HERE and enter promo code AFFIL20 when you check out to get the discount.
Excellent opportunity to save big on these top quality products!
If you aren’t familiar with Scottevest products, check out the video to see how versatile they are!
Longtime readers of my blog know that my husband and I make excellent use of Scottevests to safeguard our valuables while traveling and avoid having to check bags in risky situations. Dodgy baggage handlers are getting worse all the time!
The Tropiformer is on sale only today.
You have until 18 June to take advantage of the Father’s Day sale. Be sure to use the promo code as shown to get the discount!