How To Pack For The Wet Season In The Amazon Jungle
“Rain didn’t make things messy. People did that all on their own.” Barbara Delinsky
I try to control my trips as much as I can. I agonize over temperature charts and rainfall counts. Just what were the best times to visit my bucket list places? I try to avoid the rain as much as possible but lately the weather has been unpredictable or that is when I have to travel.
This time I could be traveling to the Amazon Jungle during the wet season which is a bit different from the rainy season. The best thing you can do is pack rainy season clothes and embrace the rain.
Wet season (which might be called monsoon season in other countries) also means hot and humid so your clothes need to be breathable, cooling, quick drying and light. It is really hard to get your clothes to dry during the wet season. Bring at least two outfits per day. I remember from living in New York in the summer about that really oppressive heat and humidity where you are just waiting for it to rain. This will be worse.
You need to be covered from head to toe in that heat. Your body needs to be protected from – things. Poisonous plants, leeches, mosquitos, tarantulas, big biting ants and snakes are part of life in the jungle. Pools of water are breeding ground for mosquitos, zika, malaria, typhoid and cholera. Yellow fever has broken out in Brazil.
There is no weather pattern during wet season. Just know it is going to rain every day and there will be major electrical storms. Flooding is everywhere. But, the landscapes will be lush and gorgeous with interesting light. Hopefully the natives will be friendly .
I’m not brave, There are so many things that can go wrong on this trip. But I have a chance to go on a real adventure-the kind where anything can happen in the jungle. I realize that it is when you are petrified that bravery can happen. If you are not afraid to do anything, than you never need to be brave.
I’m thinking waterproof mascara.