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Old 04-07-2016, 10:54 AM
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I'm planning to travel to remote areas in Asia. I'm told security will be taken care of and I'm not allowed any type of weapon at all (no firearms, no baton, no blades). Water and sanitation will be poor. What do y'all suggest that I do to prepare? Most everything that I can carry will be in my carry-on backpack that I take with me on the plane. I'm told my checked luggage should contain nothing but clothing; anything of value will likely be stolen.

I'm getting all the proper vaccinations, and am planning to take with me:
1. Gerber multi-tool
2. Paracord
3. Carabiners
4. Tincture of iodine for water treatment
5. Survival water filter
6. Antibiotics/Aspirin/Immodium AD
7. Bandages, fire starters, etc.
8. Some jerky for protein and oatmeal. Supposedly food will be provided but I'm weary of the quality of the food.
9. Map, compass & cell phone for the region although a lot of the places I go will not have signal. Too bad VHF or CB radios are not allowed.

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I would take stuff to barter for weapons once you get there. Can you actually get tincture of iodine anymore?

Bug nets for you bed/cot and your head.

I'd make sure your teeth and eyes are in top shape before you go.
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They won't allow you any means of protecting yourself, and outside contact will be very limited. Hum. If they want you to turn over your passport when you get there, it's going to be a looooong vacation!
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Security will be provided by people I can trust. Weapon in hand will get me in trouble with the authority so I guess I'll leave it alone. If need be I'm quite handy with paracord and weight so there's that.

I'm more or less concerned with inadvertent bio and chemical threats. I definitely will have bug spray and nets. Thank you for reminding me.
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Don't forget warm clothing.
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Rain gear/emergency shelter like a poncho tarp or Gatewood Cape
Consider a Steripen for UV purification (for all water you consume)
Good moonlight flashlight (>200hrs /AA), Eneloops
GPS app for smartphone, predownload maps, cell service not required
Maybe small AA and or USB solar charger (eg, Powerfilm)
And/or USB Powerbank w/ Klarus CH1 charger/powerbank
Klean Kanteen 18 or 27oz Classic (makes a decent mini bat).
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Relax, and go with it. You'll probably live. Most do.
Microbes are more dangerous than muggers.
If you're single take condoms. You don't want to rely on theirs...
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It would help to know purpose of trip, duration and location.

Vaccines? Malaria prophylaxis, tetanus current? Yellow fever? Check state department webpage for traveller info. They will advise of any current outbreaks, terrorist and crime warning levels, etc.

Emergency help can be summoned anywhere on Earth with an ACR or equivalent PLB.


Mosquitoes? Deet, pocket headnet, some sting aid pads and a small bottle of alcohol.

Sleeping outside? hammock with mosquito net.

Bring extra photocopy of passport front pages, birth cert. vaccination record and allergy info, copy of any prescriptions.

Address and phone number of US consolate.

Health insurance for foreign travel via "SOS".

Why will your checked luggage have stuff stolen? Why would you accept this? First aid kit and swiss army knife in checked luggage.

As soon as you land, find a pharmacy and buy some "bad water pills" that you can take if needed to limit the effects if you get a but of traveller's diarrhea. Sulfamethoxazole trimethaprim or whatever.

Lonely planet travel guide to the country(s) you will visit.

Simple head light. Power outages may be frequent.

bic or similar Lighter with sewing needle taped on with electrical tape.
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Medicines for violent food poisoining, and anti-leach spray. Those are what I needed the most. Gaters and long pants go a long way for keeping leaches off of you.
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Talk to your family doctor about malaria. In the Asian jungles they have TWO types of malaria that will kick your butt into next month. We used to have to take pills to fight both kinds of malaria. One pill we took once a day. The other pill was a huge horse pill that we took every Monday morning. The pills were better than the alternative.
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So, no info about the trip? Are you going swamp wading? Mountain climbing? Business, pleasure? How remote?
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I'm the engineering lead of a medical mission deep into the jungle. The mission is not really sanctioned so that's all I'm going to say. The doctors will take care of the malaria and most of the medical issues. I came from the region so hopefully my body still remembers how to fight some of the stuff. The reminders y'all have given are helpful.

BTW, how remote you ask? Most locations are about a 1-3 day trek at the end of ride/drivable roads mostly through mountainous area although there will be one location in swampy areas.
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Don't forget to bring your respect for ancient cultures. That is the ticket to getting along with Asians.
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A high quality pair of boots, extra socks/skivvies, and a pocket bible.
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Don't forget to bring your respect for ancient cultures. That is the ticket to getting along with Asians.
For anyone actually

Also, if they give you something to eat or drink, accept it too, and atleast try it. It might not be to your tastes, but in most asian countries, declining something is very impolite . Make sure you know the customs in advance.
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You might want to take some solar panels and rechargeable batteries for a small radio of some kind for a present to a local village if they are really isolated. You could make a heck of a lot of brownie points if the village is really remote and doesn't have any outside contact available to it.
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i would bring an epirb, uses satellite and can send out a distress signal with your GPS location. You can use it after the trip as well.
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Microbes are more dangerous than muggers....
My brother decided to visit Saigon three years ago. He picked up some deadly microbe from a buffet (Shrimp). He was back home in the U.S. for a month before it kicked in. He was asked in the Hospital if he had recently been to Asia. Even with all the antibiotics and transfusions over a couple of weeks, they had a hard time killing it.

Don't eat the Shrimp.
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Medical mission, in Asia, in a jungle. Gotcha. Remember that some countries there have strict internet policies. I know you won't have Internet access in the jungle, but you may at the city your flight lands in. With that in mind, you may want to see which email providers will work in that country. Our church has had a few people go to an Asian country, and gmail did not work there, nor did yahoo. Just a heads up.
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I'd take one of those GPS devices that reports your position to family back home every half hour. Good footwear for the climate. And water purification tablets.

Since it sounds like you're going with a group that is planning the trip for you they probably have a lot of things covered for the noob Americans.
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