Teen Service Packing List

Stick to the list and you’ll have everything you need. Really!


A comfortable, small backpack is ideal as you will use it for carrying water and snacks on our day trips and hikes.

  • Passport
  • 2 color copies of passport
  • Wallet and money
  • Journal and/or sketch book
  • Pens/pencils
  • Camera
  • Charger
  • Earbuds (for in-flight entertainment)
  • Medication
  • Water bottle
  • International Travel Permission Form
  • A snack for breakfast on Saturday
  • Optional: Sketchbook, colored pencils/pens, playing cards, or any other travel-sized items that you might use on the plane or in the evening


A backpack, duffel bag, or roller bag that complies with TSA carry-on regulations. You will need to be able to comfortably carry both your bags while walking 10 minutes up cobblestone/dirt paths.

Clothes and Footwear
When considering which clothes to pack, please keep in mind that most of the local women and many of the local girls wear traditional, floor-length, woven skirts. We will dress somewhat conservatively, especially during our service days. The weather will likely be sunny and 75-85 degrees; light rain is possible. We won’t have access to laundry services once during the trip, but if you follow the list below you should have the just the right amount of clothes for working, playing and exploring each day.

  • 3-4 pairs of pants: jeans, light pants, capris and/or  leggings (Designate one pair of pants as your work pants; they will get very, very dirty. You may wear leggings on the airplane and on our first and last days.)
  • 2 pairs of shorts/skirts
  • 6 t-shirts/short sleeved shirts
  • 1 tank top (if you usually wear tank tops)
  • 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 (bikini is fine)
  • 1 set of sleeping clothes (could be a combination of what is listed above)
  • socks
  • underwear/bras
  • 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)

Gear & Misc.

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat (baseball-style hat is fine)
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Work gloves
  • Nutritious snacks such as protein bars (snacks will be provided daily, but please bring a generous supply of your own bars so you 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 you would be willing to give away as a gift.

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.)
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • 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)

If necessary:

  • 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
  • Treats…chocolate, some candy, gum, mints, etc.

Packing Tips:
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.

Please note:
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.