Guyana is very hot and very humid. Really.
Expect daytime temperatures in the upper 80’s F / 20’s C with humidity ranging from 60-90%. Evenings tend to be mild and pleasant (mid 70’s F / low 20’s C), with riverfront accommodations benefitting from cool breezes coming off the water. There are two wet seasons in the north of the country, from May to June, and from December to January, but heavy rain is encountered all year long.
Limited laundry services are available at most guest lodges, but you may not be in one place long enough to avail yourself of those services. Therefore, we urge you to bring clothes made of ultra-thin, sun-blocking, quick-drying fabrics that can be quickly rinsed and dried.
Toilet paper and mosquito nets are provided at all lodges. If your itinerary includes camping, hammocks will be equipped with an enclosing mosquito net.
Medical stores in Georgetown carry basic supplies in case you forget something, however supplies are impossible to obtain outside of Georgetown. Prescription medications such as Ciproflaxin can sometimes be obtained without paperwork at Georgetown pharmacies, but the quality and availability of these medicines can not be assured.
Starter Packing List
This list will get you started preparing for your trip, but of course you must customize it according to your own travel habits and style. This list is neither exhaustive nor universal for all travelers.
Don’t forget there is a strict weight restriction on internal flights: we can help you make arrangements to obtain an extra weight allowance at the airport prior to your internal flights (there is a fee for weight overage of approximately $0.75/lb) or potentially transfer some of your baggage overland to meet you once you arrive in the interior.
If you wish to spray your clothing with permethrin, please do so at home to maximize the chemical’s absorption into the cloth.
- Long sleeve shirts, preferably with collars (useful to protect against sun and insects)
- Lightweight raincoat or poncho
- Tanktops & tops that expose skin are invitations for sunburn and insect bites. Leave them at home!
- Full length pants, made of quick drying material. Guyanese adults generally do not wear shorts or short skirts.
- Quick-dry underwear
- A hat with wide brim or visor is essential
- Strong, comfortable covered walking shoes with ankle support
- Sturdy sandals
- Socks – look for moisture-wicking cotton or smartwool. Silk sock liners are a good choice because they wash and dry quickly.
- Bug socks to prevent ankle bites (we like these)
PACKS AND BAGS
- Daypack or shoulder bag
- Rugged dry bags for all moisture-sensitive gear (essential item! it will rain, your bags will get wet)
- Stainless steel or plastic water bottle
Many of our lodges offer treated/filtered water to fill your own bottle. This reduces plastic waste.
- LED flashlight and headlamp.
Stronger (200+ lumen) torches help with night spotting trips.
- Adequate supply of rechargeable batteries, necessary chargers, plus an extension cord
- First aid kit
- Toilet kit- Items such as tampons, soap sheets or gel, moisturizing lotion, nail file, hairbrush, toothbrush & toothpaste, shaving gear, deodorant, etc.
- Sewing kit (needle, thread, button, safety pins, etc.)
- Contact lenses, solutions and prescription glasses
- Sun blocking lotion
- Small stuff sacks, plastic ziplock bags, and plastic garbage or grocery bags for organizing and isolating damp items in your luggage.
- Moisture-absorbing silica paks for your baggage, especially for your electrical and camera gear.
Caution: poorly packaged silica can leave dust residue.
- Camera, ideally with 10X zoom or greater. Bring more memory cards than you think you will need.
- Binoculars (an absolute must in Guyana)
- Alarm clock (battery operated) or watch or phone with alarm function… we’ll frequently be rising early!
- Ear plugs
- Reading and writing materials
DOCUMENTS & MONEY
- Air tickets
- Money, preferably new, clean bills.
- Travelers checks (they’re OK as an emergency backup, but are not accepted at most places)
- Photocopy of passport details (photo page) kept in a separate place from your passport.
Use your phone to take a picture of your essential documents, then mail that image to yourself. That message can be printed if your originals are lost.