Before you head off on your Bushmasters trip, it is a good idea to check you have got everything. Some ideas are below:
Most Governments give travel advice on areas around the world, via their websites. A number of travel organizations and news organizations also give you an interesting insight into the country. Check out some of our links for more information on Guyana.
You must take out insurance for your trip with Bushmasters, just as you would with any holiday. Explain to your insurance company what you will be doing and they will advise you on the minimum requirements. The British Mountaineering Council offer insurance specifically for our type of activity as do esentialtravel.co.uk.
Please double and triple check the kit list to make sure you have what you need. The kit list for your specific trip will be emailed to you with the trip joining instructions. You should not end up spending much money, so if you are, check again, something is going wrong, or you just like shopping! Any queries please let us know in advance, we will make every effort to sort it out for you.
Bushmasters trips are rugged and you need to be prepared for them. From the European environment, the tropics and desert are very different and this takes its toll on your body. The fitter you are the better you will cope. You will also be walking over rugged terrain in a hot and possibly humid environment carrying your kit. You do not have to be superman or run six minute miles, but it would be a good idea to get some stamina training in a few months before setting off.
We will secure all valuables for you, but Murphy's Law dictates it is best to have copies of everything just in case. Passport, driving licence, vaccination card, flight tickets - make copies of them all.
It is a good idea to have a good check-up from your doctor before coming out. They can advise on vaccinations and anti-malarial drugs, as well as check you out before starting a fitness regimen. This is really important, your mind and body is going to go through some tough times and you need to be sure they will cope.
You will not see anything like a shop until near the end of your trip. Everything you need you must bring with you, from batteries, to string, to US$ cash. If you forget anything, we will try and help out, but please make it the exception as it is a long drive to the nearest shop when we are in the middle of nowhere!