Tent

Tents near the beach on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.
Tents near the beach on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

Often in the rain forest, your best bet is to sleep in a hammock with a bug net under a tarp.  There are several advantages to this; often this system is lighter, dryer and less likely to be invaded by ants and other wildlife.  However, tents are more familiar to most western traveler and especially for a short time, a good summer tent will serve you well.  Just be prepared to sleep on often wet ground and realize that sleeping in (like for a couple hours after sun rise) is often like sleeping inside of a sauna.  I’ve camped in both ways in the tropics and vastly prefer the hammock and tarp system when sleeping alone.

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