CAMPING TIPS

Jungle Camping Tips and Tricks

Jungle Camping tips at a jungle campsite on Negros island, Philippines. With every trekking adventure there is always more to learn. During the first days of this jungle hike we were attacked by countless leeches. I am glad to share this new chemical free method of quickly and effectively removing a leech from your body. Once you cut the leech with the scissors they can no longer suck on and they drop off and die. By cutting their bodies it’s basically impossible for the leech to inject anymore anticoagulant (leech venom) LOL. Provided that you have a pair of scissors this method is more sustainable than any chemicals on the market. We have now used those Swiss army scissors to dispatch hundreds of these annoying parasites 🙂

DRY YOUR TREKKING SHOES TO AVOID FOOT ROT We carried one pair of Sandugo trekking thongs. We share these flip flops between the 2 of us, depending on who needs to walk around while our shoes dry. To dry your shoes even faster you can also remove the laces and hang them separately.

HAMMOCK WARNING
It was quite interesting to see our guides pitching their camp system. Although hammocks are useful at lower altitude we would like to warn that they can be a lot of trouble once you hike higher into the mountains. Regardless of how good your tarp is, the misty mountain rain starts to come in sideways. For both of the nights that we camped at this location our head guide was forced to abandon his hammock and instead slept inside the tent with his 2 friends. Even in the heat of a tropical jungle, the mountains higher up can be quite cold at night time.

TIME STAMPS
0:38 Sharpening the bolos
0:58 Goodbye leeches
1:52 Camp tour begins
2:09 Inside the guide’s shelter
6:52 Cooking setup
11:30 Outro

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