EQUIPMENT LIST FOR VISITORS
Groups staying at the Marich Pass Study
Centre are accommodated on full board terms with a simple cooked breakfast,
lunch (a picnic lunch is provided if a group are away from the Centre at
this time), and a cooked evening meal. Safe, clean drinking water, coffee
and tea are provided, and in addition soft drinks and beer can be purchased
from the kitchen. All bedding in the form of sheets and blankets is also
provided. Groups who wish to make an overnight trek from the Centre are
strongly advised to take along their own sleeping bags as these cannot be
provided locally. Hurricane lamps are provided by the Centre, and electric
lighting is used for evening group activities (lights are switched on for 3 hours at night, from 7pm to 10pm). Video and lap-top computers
can be recharged.
The Centre's freezer can be used for storage of medicines.
Guests at the Centre are responsible for providing the
following items themselves:
1) All items of a personal nature and toiletries, including
soap and towels.
2) Suitable casual clothing. Informality is the key and guests
are strongly recommended to bring some long sleeved and long
legged items for use in the early morning and particularly in the
evening when the mosquitoes are at their busiest. At least one
pair of robust walking shoes is essential.
3) Sunglasses, sun block and a hat are essential, as a guard against the intense sunlight.
4) Any specialist geographical or surveying equipment. The
Centre does keep a supply of local documents and maps and on
occasions, equipment can be borrowed from a local school, but
groups should assume that any other materials should be brought
from the UK.
5) Antimalaria prophylactics and protection against insects in
the form of a proprietary repellent. Mosquito nets are provided
but again guests are strongly advised to have undertaken a course
of anti-malaria tablets prior to the visit.
6) A simple first aid kit. The Centre does also keep a basic
kit of plasters, bandages, and simple medication but for peace of
mind, groups are advised to take along a sterile pack, again
easily purchased from a chemist.
7) A good torch, one per person and ideally at least one per
banda with a fluorescent tube facility. These can be
purchased quite cheaply. Hurricane lamps are provided by the
8) Cameras and a good supply of films. It is NOT possible to
buy additional supplies anywhere in the region.
9) Not essential but highly recommended would be a penknife, a
pack of cards, travel games, etc, etc. for the evenings after sunset.