Women’s Getaway Packing List

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


A comfortable day pack is ideal; you will be using it for day trips and hikes.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet and money
  • Journal and/or sketch book
  • Pens/pencils
  • Phone/Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Medication
  • 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 larger backpack, duffle bag, or roller bag that complies with TSA carry-on regulations. You will need to be able to comfortably carry both of 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 in San Marcos and the surrounding communities wear traditional, floor-length, woven skirts. While the locals are used to seeing travelers in skimpy clothing, please be respectful by dressing somewhat conservatively, especially during our service days. The weather will likely be sunny and 75-85 degrees; light rain is possible. Optional laundry services will be available.

  • 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)
  • socks
  • underwear/bras
  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • 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.)
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • 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)

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

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.

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.