The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Feature

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Living Off the Grid

Many hotels in the more remote areas of the South Pacific generate their own electricity, so don't count on air-conditioning, using a hair dryer, calling home, checking your email, or paying with a credit card (unless it's arranged in advance). Some lodges do have radio contact with the outside world and satellite phone systems you can use in emergencies, but bad weather can often block the satellite signal. On the positive side, you really can get away from it all in the Southern Zone. Pack as though you are a castaway from modern civilization. Be sure to bring the following:

Flashlight with extra batteries, or better still, one of the new kinetic flashlights that don’t need batteries

Insect repellent (lots of it)

Sunscreen (ditto)

After-sun lotion

All toiletries and medications you could conceivably need, in small travel containers

Sturdy, breathable hiking shoes and lots of socks (your feet will get wet)

Waterproof walking sandals

Binoculars

Sun hat

Refillable water bottle

Portable, battery-operated reading light or a head lamp

Zip-style baggies of all sizes to keep cameras, snacks, etc., dry and bug-free

Updated: 2014-08-15

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