- Passport, and a copy of the photo/signature page
- 2 copies of your overseas medical insurance–give one copy to Kristin
- To get the local currency: crisp US dollar bills to exchange and/or debit card (Guatemalan ATMs only accept 4-digit PINs)
- Credit Card
- Checks. Villa Sumaya accepts US dollars, Quetzales, credit cards, and checks for optional services such as spa treatments, internet access, laundry service, optional excursions, etc. Bills paid by credit card at Villa Sumaya have a 6.6% fee.
- Carry-on size roller-bag or small suitcase for clothes and supplies
- Comfortable day-pack or bag to use around town and for hikes
- Work gloves (if you’d like to build the stove)
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- Yoga mats are provided by Villa Sumaya, but if your favorite mat is important to your retreat experience, you are welcome to bring it.
When deciding which 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. Please dress somewhat modestly during our service day (t-shirt and capris/pants will be fine). The weather will be sunny and 70-75 degrees; light rain is possible in the afternoons. Villa Sumaya offers laundry service by the pound.
- Several pairs of pants, capris and/or leggings. If you regularly wear shorts, skirts and/or dresses, pack a few of those as well.
- A combination of short sleeve shirts, t-shirts, tank tops, blouses, etc. that you would would regularly wear during the spring and summer.
- Two light long sleeve shirts for cool mornings and evenings and/or sun protection.
- One warm item– a light sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece for the evening
- Light rain shell or rain poncho
- Bathing suit
- Sleeping clothes
- A pair of comfortable shoes that are good for walking. If you would like to do the stove-building project, please be sure your shoes are closed-toed.
Your regular spring/summer clothes will be perfect for this retreat, and you will need far fewer clothes than you might expect!
- Comfortable clothes for your practice. You are welcome to spend the days at Villa Sumaya lounging in your yoga clothes, and if that sounds like your ideal vacation, you’ll probably need to take fewer clothes than what is listed above. Plan to dress in layers for the morning yoga class.
- 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.)
- Shampoo/conditioner, only if a favorite brand is important to you. (Villa Sumaya and our Antigua hotel both provide packets of shampoo, conditioner and soap).
- Chapstick with SPF
- Insect repellent
- Hairbrush or comb
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes
- A few Band-Aids (in case you get a blister, etc.)
- Contact lenses, solution, and case. An extra pair of lenses, if possible
- Eyeglasses and hard carrying case
- Feminine products (tampons are not easily available in Guatemala)
- Prescription medications
- Vitamins and remedies
Other Items to Consider
- Nutritious, packaged snacks such as protein bars.
- Phone and charger
- Camera and charger
- Journal and pens
- Reading book
- Art supplies: sketchbook, colored pencils/pens/paints, etc.
- Eyemask for sleeping
- Earplugs if you are a light sleeper
- Treats…a little chocolate, some candy, gum, mints, etc.
- Grapefruit seed extract tablets or Pepto-Bismol (can help with stomach issues)
- If enjoying decaf coffee or decaf black tea tea is important to you, please bring your own as there are no decaf products at Villa Sumaya
What not to bring:
- Expensive jewelry
- Anything that you would be devastated to lose, break, have stolen, or become drenched.
If you have extra space in your luggage, please ask us about carrying down some donations for our local partners.