Upcoming Venezuela Trip

It’s 1:20AM – I fly for Venezuela in three days – just spent an hour doing last minute online shopping for our Amazon and Savannah adventures :

So one thing I learnt, the painful way is that there are a lot of things that sting you in the humid jungles. Here are some things I bought based on past experience that work well for our sourcing trips:

Skeeter Beeter by Grand Trunk

These hammocks are AMAZING. I bought my first one three years ago and swear by these. My cousin is 200 + lbs and he slept like a baby in it. In fact always buy a couple when I fly down to Venezuela to hand them out as gift our farming partners. They save your life when it comes to mosquitos. Easy to set up and uber light to pack and carry.


  • Weighs 20 ounces
  • Measures 9.5 feet long by 4.5 feet wide
  • Supports up to 250 pounds
  • Made with 100% polyester taffeta
  • Very fine mosquito netting
  • Includes stainless steel S-hooks for easy hanging
  • Attached stuff sack for easy storage
  • 3x stitching on all stress points
  • Mildew resistant
  • Dries quickly
  • Easy to hang
  • Net suspension kit includes two 10 foot pieces of cord



Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge II Convertible Pant

Awesome quick drying convertible pants. Great for humid and wet weather, especially crossing rivers to cacao farms. Only downside is that they are really thin and the thorns get you in the jungle and a little too thin to protect you from mosquitos.

Columbia Men’s Tamiami II Long Sleeve Shirt

These are the are must have shirts for any jungle explorer, quick dry, sun blocking and long sleeve to protect from mosquitos. Plus bright colors so you don’t get lost! Also since they are button up you can wear them to meetings in the city.


  • Construction: 100-percent polyester
  • Omni-Dry advanced evaporation
  • Omni-Shade sun protection, UPF 40
  • Mechanical stretch
  • Rod holder
  • Button down collar

LAST but not LEAST and the most important!!!! Repellent.

Repel 100 Insect Repellent, 1 oz. Pump Spray


  • The Repel pump spray repellent protects up to 10 hours
  • Fits in most pockets and gear bags
  • Formulated for severe insect conditions
  • Flip-top cap prevents accidental spraying when not in use.
  • Made of 100-percent DEET

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