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The two week Tatshenshini River trip I did in July 2008 was a excellent introduction to the concept of quiet, low impact travel

I was blown away by the quality and freshness of the food we were eating

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Activity optional

  • Binoculars or spotting scope
  • Bird book, field guides
  • Camera and high speed film (for low light)
  • Diary or note paper
  • Extra camera battery
  • Reading materials
  • Sketching materials
  • Small backpack
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle

Adventure basics

  • Address book
  • Binoculars
  • Camera, film
  • Games/playing cards
  • Hiking boots
  • Language books
  • Luggage I.D. tags
  • Luggage/travel pack
  • Radiation shield for film
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Rain protection
  • Reading materials
  • Scarf/bandanna
  • Travel clothing
  • Travel footwear
  • Travel journal
  • Travel lock
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Visor or brimmed hat
  • Water bottle

Dog sledding gear

  • Fleece hat (toque) or fur hat
  • Fleece pants and sweater
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Head lamp
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • Note: no cotton!
  • Thermal socks - 4 pairs
  • Thermal underwear- 2 long sleeve shirts and 2 pants
  • Thin fleece gloves

Excursion toiletries

  • Bottles (for shampoo & laundry soap)
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Manicure articles
  • Mirror
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap: personal and laundry
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Towel/washcloth

Holiday medication

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Aspirin/pain reliever
  • Cold medicine
  • Contact lens preparation
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Personal prescription
  • Sunburn relief
  • Sunscreen
  • Vitamins

Home checklist

  • Arrange for care of pets, lawn and house plants
  • Check timed night lighting system
  • Eliminate possible fire hazards (unplug appliances, etc.)
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Have Post Office hold mail
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Notify security company or local police of your absence
  • Set-up a timed lighting system
  • Stop deliveries
  • Store valuables in a safe place
  • Turn down thermostat
  • Turn off water heater

Maintenance items

  • Camera batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight batteries/bulb
  • Matches or lighter
  • Mesh bag for dirty laundry
  • Mini sewing/repair kit
  • Travel clothesline & clothespins
  • Zipclose plastic bags

Pre-departure

  • Credit Cards
  • Currency
  • Emergency information
  • Guide books and maps
  • Health documentation
  • Hotel reservations
  • Insurance
  • Passport
  • Personal Identification
  • Photocopies of documentation
  • Special event reservations (art, popular festivals, sports)
  • Transportation tickets
  • Traveler's cheques
  • Trip cancellation/medical insurance
  • Visa

Travel essentials

  • A compact travel health kit (first aid)
  • A positive attitude
  • Electrical converter/adapter
  • Everyday bag to hold all of the valuables you want to keep close
  • Passport/money carrier
  • Pocket Knife: basic blade, opener, scissors, tweezers, corkscrew
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel organizer for I.D., tickets, itineraries, receipts, etc.
  • Travel watch or alarm
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