Packing List

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  • Spending money: Crisp, new US dollar bills to exchange at the airport, an internationally accepted debit card and/or Guatemalan currency (Quetzales)
  • Wallet


  • Comfortable, carry-on size backpack or carry-on size roller-bag for clothes and supplies
  • Comfortable day-pack to use around town and for hikes
  • Work gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Sun hat (baseball-style cap is fine)
  • Small towel or sarong to use after swimming
  • Journal and/or sketch book
  • At least 2 pens/pencils
  • Nutritious snacks such as protein bars (snacks will be provided daily, but please bring a generous supply of your own bars so you can always have something in your backpack)
  • A small object that represents you reasons for going on this trip.  It should be something that has significance to you, yet something you also would be willing to give away as a gift.

Clothes and Footwear
When considering what clothes to pack, please keep in mind that most of the local women and many of the local girls in the communities we will be visiting wear traditional, floor-length, woven skirts. We will dress somewhat modestly, especially during our service days. The weather will be sunny and 70-75 degrees; light rain is likely in the afternoons. We will not have access to laundry services, but if you follow the list below you should have the just the right amount of clothes for working, playing and exploring each day.

  • 4 pairs of pants: jeans, light pants, capris and/or leggings* (One pair of pants is likely to get very, very dirty while volunteering.)
  • 2 pairs of shorts/skirts
  • 6 t-shirts/short sleeve shirts (it might be helpful to designate 2 of your short sleeve shirts as work shirts)
  • 1 tank top, if you usually wear tanks.  If not, you could take another shirt.
  • 2 light long sleeve shirts (long sleeve t-shirt or button up)
  • 1 light sweater, light sweatshirt, or light fleece (for the evening, airplane, etc.)
  • 1 light rain shell
  • 1 bathing suit (does NOT need to be conservative)
  • 1 set of sleeping clothes (could be a combination of what is listed above)
  • socks
  • underwear/bras
  • 1 pair of sturdy running/athletic shoes for workdays and hikes
  • 1 pair of shoes for around town: Keen/Teva-type sandals, sturdy flip-flops, or Birkenstock, Converse or Toms-type shoes

All toiletries should be travel-size.

  • 2 toothbrushes (The water is non-potable, but putting your toothbrush under the tap is a hard habit to break! Having an extra toothbrush often comes in handy.)
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen, only if you have a preferred brand — sunscreen is provided for the group to use
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes
  • A few Band-Aids (in case you get a blister, etc.)
  • Travel-size package of tissues (because not all bathrooms have toilet paper)

If Necessary

  • Contact lenses, travel-size bottle of solution, case, and an extra pair of lenses, if possible
  • Eyeglasses and hard carrying case
  • Feminine products
  • Prescription medications
  • Shaving supplies

Other Items to Consider

  • Camera and charger
  • Reading book
  • A bandana, for your neck if you sunburn easily
  • Earbuds (if there is a movie on the airplane)
  • Eyemask for sleeping
  • Ear plugs (to use while sleeping to help block out the sounds of village life: dogs, chickens, announcements from loud speakers, music, etc.)
  • Sketchbook, colored pencils/pens, playing cards, or any other travel-sized items that you might use on the plane or in the evening
  • Treats…a little chocolate, some candy, gum, mints, etc.
  • A bag to keep your dirty clothes separate from your clean ones (a grocery bag is fine)

What not to bring:

  • Oversized or overstuffed luggage that you can not comfortably carry while walking 10 minutes up cobblestone/dirt paths
  • Expensive jewelry and electronics.
  • Anything that you would be devastated to lose, break, have stolen or become drenched.
  • Phone/personal devices

*Please note:

During our service days (Days 3-7), please plan to dress conservatively as we will be working in people’s homes and living in a community where there are few tourists.  No athletic shorts, leggings or tank tops should be worn during these service days. Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times while we are volunteering–this applies to boys and girls. Please pack work clothes you don’t mind getting very, very dirty.  The afternoon of day 7 through the end of the trip, you are welcome to wear your regular spring/summer clothes.