- 3-4 pairs of pants: jeans, light pants, capris and/or leggings
- 2 pairs of shorts/skirts
- 6 t-shirts/tank tops
- 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 or rain poncho
- 2 bathing suits
- 1 set of sleeping clothes (could be a combination of what is listed above)
- 1 pair of sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes for volunteer days and hikes
- 1 pair of shoes for around town: Keen/Teva-type sandals or casual shoes (Toms, Converse, Birkenstocks, sturdy flip-flops)
- Small towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Sun hat (baseball-style hat is fine)
- Headlamp with new batteries
Pack travel-size bottles in quart-size Ziploc bags.
- 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 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
Other Items to Consider:
- Reading book
- Eyemask for sleeping
- Nutritious snacks such as protein bars (snacks will be provided daily)
- Treats…a little chocolate, some ginger candies, hard candies, 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.