- 3-4 pairs of pants: jeans, light pants, capris and/or leggings (your work pants will get very, very dirty)
- 2 pairs of shorts/skirts (not too short, please be respectful)
- 6 t-shirts
- 2 light long sleeve shirts (long sleeve t-shirt or button up)
- 1 sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece (for the evening, airplane, etc.)
- 1 light rain shell or rain poncho
- 1 bathing suit
- 1 set of sleeping clothes (could be a combination of what is listed above)
- 1 pair of sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes for workdays and hikes
- 1 pair of shoes for around town: Keen/Teva-type sandals or casual shoes (Toms, Converse, Birkenstocks)
- Small towel/sarong (for after swimming)
- Sun hat (baseball-style hat is fine)
- Headlamp with new batteries
- Work gloves
Pack travel-size bottles in one quart-size Ziploc bag.
- 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.)
- Small bar of soap
- Hairbrush or comb
- Chapstick (with SPF)
- Ear plugs (to wear while sleeping to help block out the sounds of village life: dogs, chickens, music from loud speakers, etc.)
- 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)
- Contact lenses, travel-size bottle of contact lens solution, case, and an extra pair of lenses, if possible
- Eyeglasses and hard carrying case
- Feminine products
- Shaving supplies
Other Items to Consider:
- Reading book
- Eyemask for sleeping
- Nutritious snacks such as protein bars (snacks will be provided daily)
- Treats…chocolate, some candy, gum, mints, etc.
1. Fight the natural urge to over-pack. You’ll need less than you think.
2. Keep any valuables safe at home. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged.
During our construction days (Days 3-7), please plan dress conservatively as we will be working in people’s homes in a community where there are very 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 when 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.