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    Jungle trekking

    I have been to Indonesia before, but this January I will be visiting Samatra for the first time and living in the deep jungle for a week. Has anybody here done such an adventure? I hope to be seeing a lot of orangutans, some elephants, and will be sleeping in a little tent where there could be tigers (though they are incredibly rare - endangered). But the biggest threat is malaria and other insect borne disease. I will be getting a whole series of shots before going.

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    Use an 80% DEET insect repellent. Use it a lot. On any exposed skin, and anywhere only covered by one layer of clothing.

    Caution - this stuff will disolve most plastics, so beware of your raincoat and/or watchstrap.

    But it's the shit against mozzies, and it's also good for keeping the leeches away - rub it on your feet ankles and legs before putting your socks and boots on if it has been raining recently. (In the wet tropics, it has always been raining recently).

    I haven't been to Sumatra. It sounds like a great adventure - hope you see Orang Utans. Say 'Oook' from me.

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    The 80% DEET is a good idea. The sun tan lotion is also going to be applied liberally. I don't understand why these two products are not sold as one combined lotion.

    I won't spend much time with humans while there, but will be spending a couple of nights on the way in and out in Medan. It will be my first time in a Muslim majority area. That could be an adventure in itself. The guy I am going with and I will have to be extremely careful about giving off any indication that we are a romantic couple and not bros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    The 80% DEET is a good idea. The sun tan lotion is also going to be applied liberally. I don't understand why these two products are not sold as one combined lotion.


    Bushman Plus - 80% DEET plus sunscreen. Widely available in Australia - BCF stock it, as do Chemist Warehouse. Developed and manufactured by North Queensland Laboratories in Cairns, QLD.

    You should be able to find it for sale online, for delivery anywhere in the world.

    For some odd reason, it's not mentioned on the packaging, but the gel (pictured above) has an SPF of 30+, so it's a more a sunblock, rather than a sunscreen.

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    Snake proof boots?
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    Malaria is pills, generally extending both before and after your trip.

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    Malaria shots rather than pills.

    Lol no snake proof boots, but leech socks for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    Malaria shots rather than pills.

    Lol no snake proof boots, but leech socks for sure.
    What shot is there for malaria????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly_Penguin View Post
    Malaria shots rather than pills.

    Lol no snake proof boots, but leech socks for sure.
    I hate leeches. They really do suck.




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