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Though there are several types of tropical jungles, what they all have in common are hot temperture, lots of humidity, daily rainfalls, a dry & wet season and an abundance of plants, water, animals, insects, reptiles and UNIMAGINABLE DANGER!

Depending on your ET level, which is you're ability to "Endure" the temperture and "Tolerate" the weather. Your biggest challenge will be the insects, rain, humidity and constantly being soak & wet all the time. Though a machete, insect repellent and mosquito netting are important items to have in a jungle, but also one of these too...

It will not only keep you high & dry and off the wet jungle floor, but it will help keep the crawling (but not the flying) critters off you so you can try to get a decent night sleep and some rest. This particular hammock is called a Montego Bay Hammock, it's 110 x 31 inches, weight limit 225 lbs, made of lightweight heavy duty polyprolene and it's only $ 10.95. Not a bad price, huh? Though it comes with two spreaders, one at the top and bottom, to make it more compact and easier to pack & carry you can cut'em off. For more information just log onto: www.ourcampsite.com/14256.html
Now when it comes to making a jungle shelter, jungles are like HomeDepot stores. You'll find everything you need like bambo poles for your shelter frame, large jungle leaves for your roofing and vines for your tie-down. Yep, everything but some screening to help keep the bugs & mosquitoes away. That's why you have to be extra careful where you decide to camp for the night. You don't wanna be too close to any water, especially swamp and stagnet water or the flying critters will eat you alive. Nor do you wanna build your shelter near any insect nests whether their located up in a tree or on the ground. Nor near any animal burrows or you're just looking for trouble. So before deciding where to build your jungle shelter, do a little recon first to pick out the best possible spot in the immediate area where you wanna camp for the night.
Besides having to put up with all types of crawling, walking and flying critters, some other things you will have to worry about in a jungle is trying to stay dry. Especially at night so you can get a little bit of sleep in between all the mosquito bites to get some rest. Because when it rains in a jungle it usually pours and so that's why it's important to make sure your jungle shelter is waterproof so you can keep dry as much as possible. And what's great about jungles is that you can find lots of plants that have large leaves attached to them that make great roof shingles. The bigger they are, the better. Check out this photo to the left and you'll see what I am talking about and how to place them on your jungle shelter.

Something else that's pretty handy and useful in a jungle are some nylon parachute panels & gores. They weigh almost nothing and can be used to erect shelters, hammocks, to filter water, worn as clothing and other creative jungle survival ideas and uses. And should it get wet, unlike cotton and synthetic material nylon dries out super quick.

The best place to buy some parachute material, panels & gores is on www.eBay.com. Unfortunately it won't be easy to find a seller who will sell you only a few panels & gores, you'll have to buy the entire military surplus parachute and then cut it up which consist of about 28 gores & panels. But if you can get a few of your buddies together who are interested in buying some parachute gores & panels too you can save a lot of $$$ by splitting the cost of one surplus military parachute .

I knew a fellow Army Ranger who use to carry several parachute gores & panels instead of a bulky military sleeping bag so he could make himself a lightweight para-sleeping bag. But as some of us old Rangers use to say, our motto was "TRAVEL LIGHT - FREEZE AT NIGHT!" To see how to make one of these para-sleepng bags go to my "Poncho Liner" page, it'll be at the bottom of the page.

Though there are a lot of jungle DOs & DON'Ts, based on my personal experience these are what I consider the...


#15 - Do all your traveling during the day and never at night because that is when all the big mean, nasty, critters come out.

#14 - Never grab or part vegetation with your hands, always use a stick or you just might get thorned, stung or bitten.

#13 - Should you find any vines or rope placed across a trail, it usually means "Danger - Don't Go There!"

#12 - Should you get entangled in some vines, try moving backwards in reverse to undo yourself.

#11 - Cross water slowly and only at shallow & narrow places, rush across only if you see danger.

#10 - Never camp near stagnet water, ant hills or where animals have been eating and staying.

# 9 - Rain water trapped in plants is the safest water to drink without filtering and purifying it.

# 8 - Plants that produce a milky sap or taste sour and bitter are considered UNSAFE to drink.

# 7 - Before putting your butt or hand on the ground, check for snakes, insects and reptiles.

# 6 - Never urinate in water, and always check yourself for leeches after a water crossing.

# 5 - Avoid stepping on slippery wet logs and rocks, step over or around them instead.

# 4 - When you encounter a snake, go around'em, encourage'em to move or kill'em!

# 3 - Coconuts light brown in color are safe to drink & eat but no more than 4 a day.

# 2 - To reduce insect bites, build a smoky fire or smear mud on exposed skin.

# 1 - When you think things can't get any worse, it will, so stop bitching and deal with it.

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