Weekend Bag: Mashpi Lodge

For a weekend of rainforest activities in Ecuador, fill your bag with laid-back basics that can handle long jungle hikes.

When packing for a weekend stay at the gorgeous Mashpi Lodge, a rainforest biodiversity reserve in Ecuador, bring laid-back eco-friendly basics that can stand a good day-long hike through the jungle. Functional fabrics that can breathe are crucial, and whatever you do, don’t forget the natural bug repellent.

Light Gives Heat Classic Bracelet
This chunky cuff bracelet is made from a random assortment of colored SUUBI beads, made from recycled paper. It wraps around the wrist 4-5 times and is the perfect way to dress up a casual outfit. Each bracelet is 100% unique and hand-crafted by the Suubi women in Uganda.
$18, Light Gives Heat

Degree Six Her Bamboo Razorback
This bamboo razorback tank is easy enough to wear on long hikes through the jungle, but cute enough to wear out and about too. Green-hued burnout fabric treatment and contrast stitching make this tank a great wardrobe staple. Made in Los Angeles, from 100% bamboo.
$25, Degree Six

Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Jacket
One thing you need to be prepared for when you’re in the rainforest is, well, rain. Pared-down and packable, this Torrentshell jacket by Patagonia is a no-frills, 2.5-layer hard shell with a waterproof and breathable barrier made for seriously wet weather.
$129, Patagonia

Eco Swim Eco Covers Shorts
A good pair of shorts is a must-have when you’re out and about in nature. These recycled poly-textured woven cargo shorts by Eco Swim have pockets to fit all your essentials and can stand to get wet.
$64, Everything But Water

Blissoma Backyard Bliss Sprayable Lotion
Whenever you’re in tropical climates, it’s a good idea to bring insect repellent. Backyard Bliss summer sprayable lotion by Blissoma is 100% vegan and 100% natural and has a pleasant, essential oil scent that feels more like a perfume than a bug spray. It also contains organic aloe vera, which keeps your skin cool and protects it from sun stress.
$13.25, Blissoma

Mountainsmith Alder 30 Women’s
Traveling to unusual places usually requires a good backpack. With a capacity of up to 32L, this one, by classic outdoor goods purveyor Mountainsmith, is made especially for women. It’s big enough to hold all your stuff, even for a more extended trip, but also small enough to take as a carry-on for flights. Made with 450d recycled PET fabric, the Alder 30 utilizes 17 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottles.
$124.95, Mountainsmith

Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.