Bukit Lawang is a small tourist village surrounded by undevelopped areas, palm oil plantations and the Gunung Leuser National Park. Thus, it can be difficult to buy specialized or personal stuff in here and even more to pay by credit card (only by cash)! That's why we want to make sure you bring everything that you need before coming in Bukit Lawang. So here is the list! 

Travel tips
Bring cash
Visa & insurance

1. Equipment required for jungle trekking

  • Light T-shirt, long trousers and long socks for the trek (preferably in dark colors)

  • Long trousers, long sleeved shirts or T-shirt with sweater for the evening and night time in the jungle

  • Comfortable walking shoes suitable for treks (flip flops or sandals for crossing the river if you plan to do an overnight trek)

  • Change of clothes for overnight treks

  • Swimming suit and towel

  • Raincoat

  • 1 small backpack (30-35 liters) 

  • Hat or cap, sunglasses

  • Sunscreen, mosquito repellent for body & clothes 

  • Camera, mobile phone, flashlight and powerbank

  • Personal medical with plasters and medicine like anti diarrhea tablets, dehydration salt, aspirin/painkillers and antibiotics

  • Toilet paper (or use the Indonesian way : your left hand!)

  • 1 big bottle of water (1.5 liters)

  • Blowing pillow or something for your neck to sleep if needed (pillow not provided)

2. Eco-friendly travel tips : because we care about our jungle 

  • Bring solid soap & shampoo bars. Travel-friendly and eco-friendly, it is perfect for a less-waste trekking. You can also buy metallic reusable boxes to put them inside (at Lush).

  • Bring solid tooth paste. Nomad format & plastic-free, it doesn't contain palm oil unlike traditional toothpaste. Buy it before coming as it is still difficult to find some in Asia.

  • Don't use single-use plastic like straws or plastic cutlery, in Bukit Lawang you can buy metallic or bamboo straws and bamboo cutlery (perfect to bring in the jungle and everywhere with you)

  • Smoker ? Bring a pocket ashtray and don't leave any cigarette butts in the jungle.

  • Don't bring plastic bags to protect your personal stuff, opt for a waterproof bag!

3. Money : Bring cash !

Be aware that we do not take creditcards in Bukit Lawang and that there is no ATM (the closest one is 30min away and takes only Mastercard & Maestro)! Thus, you will have to bring enough cash to pay for your guesthouse, your food but also your trek and other daily activities.  

You can ask your driver to
stop at a ATM or MoneyChanger on the way to Bukit Lawang
Otherwise, we also have a MoneyChanger office in Bukit Lawang! 

4. Medicine & medical equipment

  • Sunscreen

  • Mosquito repellent for body & clothes

  • First aid kit

  • Other medicine : anti diarrhea medicine, dehydration salt, aspirin/painkillers and antibiotics

  • Check the vaccinations needed with your doctor before leaving

  • You need to be fit enough for strong exercise if you plan to do treks over more than 2 days. Please do a general health check with your doctor before travelling to the Sumatran jungle as fitness condition is within the responsibility of each guest!

  • Please inform us about your special health condition before the trek (diseases, allergies, high blood pressure, operations, pregnancy...). Our team might not allow some of you to go in the jungle!

5. Visa & Health Insurance

  • Visa : It is easy to get a visa in Indonesia as you will automatically get a 30 days visa at Kuala Namu airport for FREE ! Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival, and you must have proof of return (tickets).
    If you want to extend your stay in Indonesia you will have to get a 60 days tourist visa at an Indonesian Embassy. Check the price, formalities and paper needed according to your country on the dedicated website. You can also just go out from Indonesia for 1 o 2 days (Malaysia, Singapore) and come back to Indonesia and get another 30 days visa. 


  • Travel & Health Insurance : make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance with good medical cover in case something happen ! Please note that travel insurance is within the personal responsibility of each traveler and has to cover injuries, accidents or the loss of personal belongings!

Please note that the tour operator Sumatra Orangutan Explore is not liable for any damages or injuries suffered in consequence of anything that happened in the jungle due to the nature forces. 


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