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Expedition Thailand Kit List

Owing to the warm, dry climate of the Northern Thai bamboo forests equipment requirements are few. All specialist items of camping equipment will be provided by the host support group or Bushcraft Expeditions. In our first location we will be staying in purpose built bamboo shelters. We then move up into the hills where we will be provided for by local villagers before finally moving back down through the forest building shelters and/or sleeping in hammocks under tarps along the way. Below you will find all the relevant equipment listed for living and working in the Northern Thai bamboo forests.

Bushcraft Expeditions is aware that some items of equipment are environment specific and may not be used again. This can add considerably to an expedition cost. To that end wherever possible we will provide that equipment inclusive in the price for use on our expeditions. Those items are as follows:

Equipment provided in-country by Bushcraft Expeditions:

This equipment will be loaned to expedition members on arrival in Thailand:

  • Thai floor mat
  • Mosquito net (for first location)
  • Hammock, mosquito net and shelter sheet (for final phase)
  • Bamboo cutting tools

Clothing you will need to bring:

When working in the bamboo forests of Northern Thailand (during the season in which expedition takes place) it can be very hot, despite being under the canopy most of the time. Precautions have to be taken to protect from the effects of the sun. The flora of the area can also be quite vicious, small hook-like thorns on vines can tear at clothing and flesh alike. Below is a list of equipment that you will require to make life in the forest comfortable:

  • Training and work clothing
  • Large brimmed sun hat or similar
  • "Cargo" type trousers (2 pairs)
  • Long sleeve cotton shirt (2)
  • Synthetic thin socks (2 pairs)
  • Walking socks (3 pairs)
  • Underwear
  • Desert or Jungle boots obtainable from the following shops: (See additional information)
  • Belt
  • Evening/relaxation wear
  • Shorts (cargo type)
  • Cotton “T” shirt* (2)
  • Sandals or lightweight foot wear
  • Underwear
  • Warm fleece or similar (the evenings can become chilly)
  • Flip-flops

Equipment you will need to bring:

  • Rucksack (65-70 ltr)
  • 1 season sleeping bag or lightweight blanket
  • Sleeping mat (for comfort rather than insulation)
  • Small travel pillow (optional, but recommended)
  • Water bottle (1 ltr min) and mug
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Billy can (preferable) or mess tin (for cooking over open fires)
  • Fixed blade sheath type knife
  • Small pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • 10 metres of strong nylon cord
  • Note book and pencil
  • Wash bag
  • Camelbak water bladder or similar
  • Water bag (min 6 ltr)
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Towel
  • Swimming costume
  • Personal Medications
  • Small personal medical kit containing plasters, aspirin etc
  • Lip salve
  • Sun block
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water purification tablets or Iodine (Sufficient for 8 litres a day X 12 days)
  • Documentation
  • Passport


All expedition members should contact their doctor for advice on Malaria prophylaxis and any other vaccinations required for Thailand.