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How to prepare

Outwear and gear you need for the trips with us

Winter

December – January – February

Clothing

  • waterproof winter trekking boots/warm rubber boots
  • lightweight shoes
  • waterproof outer layer
  • warm middle layers
  • thermal underwear
  • warm hat and gloves

It is particularly important that your outer clothing is quiet and in dark colours: green, brown, black etc. This includes hat and gloves as well! A pale hat sticks out and can be seen in a long distance. White camouflage for snow is ok but can only be your additional option – don’t rely solely on this since snow can melt overnight.

Avoid

  • bright colours like white, yellow, blue but also bright green or pale brown
  • noise making fabrics like vinyl, polyamid, nylon, some shell membrane layers

Essential

  • binoculars
  • turning your camera/phone silent

Useful but not necessary

  • thermo flask or cup
  • small torch/headlamp

Spring

March – April – May

Clothing

  • wellington boots
  • waterproof trekking boots
  • waterproof outer layer
  • warm middle layers
  • hat and gloves for dawn and dusk
  • sunhat/cap for sun and tick protection

It is particularly important that your outer clothing is quiet and in dark colours: green, brown, black etc. This includes hat and gloves as well! A pale hat sticks out and can be seen in a long distance. Most sorts of military forest camouflage are totally fine

Avoid

  • bright colours like white, yellow, blue but also bright green or pale brown
  • noise making fabrics like vinyl, polyamid, nylon, some shell membrane layers

Essential

  • binoculars
  • wellington boots
  • insect repellent
  • turning your camera/phone silent

Useful

  • scope on a sturdy tripod – anytime essential at birdwatching holidays (in case you wonder – our guides always carry quality scopes that’s why we didn’t put it on the Essential list)

Summer

June – July – August

Clothing

  • waterproof trekking boots
  • lightweight shoes/sandals
  • waterproof outer layer
  • warm middle layers for dawn and dusk
  • sunhat/cap for sun and tick protection

It is particularly important that your outer clothing is quiet and in dark colours: green, brown, black etc. A pale sunhat sticks out and can be seen in a long distance. Most sorts of military forest camouflage are totally fine

Avoid

  • bright colours like white, yellow, blue but also bright green or pale brown
  • noise making fabrics like vinyl, polyamid, nylon, some shell membrane layers

Essential

  • binoculars
  • insect repellent
  • turning your camera/phone silent

Autumn

September – October – November

Clothing

  • wellington boots
  • waterproof trekking boots
  • waterproof outer layer
  • warm middle layers
  • hat and gloves for dawn and dusk
  • sunhat/cap for sun and tick protection

It is particularly important that your outer clothing is quiet and in dark colours: green, brown, black etc. This includes hat and gloves as well! A pale hat sticks out and can be seen in a long distance. Most sorts of military forest camouflage are totally fine

Avoid

  • bright colours like white, yellow, blue but also bright green or pale brown
  • noise making fabrics like vinyl, polyamid, nylon, some shell membrane layers

Essential

  • binoculars
  • wellington boots
  • insect repellent
  • turning your camera/phone silent
Anything still unclear?

 Some common questions answered

Should I take the scope?

Yes, of course. Most wild birds and mammals are quite shy. We say that the telescope is often your second closest friend after the mozzie spray. A telescope is your chance to see things up closer without disturbing the wild animals.

Do not hesitate to take it. And we always recommend the heavier tripod and sturdy head if you have a choice so you can enjoy the views even in the wind on a blustery day. Wobbly stuff is often useless.

In case you wonder – our guides always carry scopes  so it will be available nonetheless.

Should I take wellington (rubber) boots?

Generally – yes if you can.

In the Biebrza Marshes in spring some trails are only doable in wellington boots. In a dry year, they are useful until June, when it makes more sense to use sandals for marshy trails. In September they are a must again. But in a wet year they can be useful from March until November.

In the Białowieża Forest some people prefer waterproof trekking boots but we prefer to put our wellies on and not to worry about mud and water and just enjoy the views and wildlife. It also makes you more independent in the field. Sometimes a perfect view is from just 2 feet away which is.. in the mud.

And one more thing – if you plan to do some early morning walks prepare for tall grasses and weeds in dew that will make your feet and legs soaking wet up to your knees.

Are there many mosquitoes?

Yes, there may be, from late April until October. April is usually too cold for mosquitoes yet but from May onwards – a good mosquito repellent is your closest friend. In September, we often get another brood of hungry mozzies around. Mosquitoes do not bother locals, good repellent can be difficult to find in rural areas.

In June and until August horse flies become by far more annoying than mosquitoes. There is little you can do against them apart from long sleeves and trousers.

Are there many ticks?

In some years there can be many ticks, in others – just a few. Whereas mosquitoes in Poland are disease free, ticks are not so protect your legs and get your repellent if you have a chance. Tight clothing is your best protector.

Do I really need the hat and gloves?

Take the hat and gloves (wind proof is very useful) from early September until late May. Dawns and dusks can be quite chilly. It can also be sweltering hot during the day and quite breezy on occasion. There’s nothing worse than having a good day out and having to retreat back to the bus because of the cold or wind.

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