- Passport, and a copy of your photo page
- 2 copies of your travel medical insurance–give one copy to Kristin when you arrive
- To get local currency: A debit card (Guatemalan ATMs only accept 4-digit PINs). If you want to exchange money, crisp US dollar bills.
- Credit card and at least three checks. Villa Sumaya accepts US dollars, Quetzales, credit cards, and checks for optional services such as spa treatments, internet access, laundry service, etc. Bills paid by credit card at Villa Sumaya are charged up to an 8% fee.
If possible, please pack in a carry-on size roller-bag or a small suitcase.
- Carry-on size roller-bag or small suitcase for clothes and supplies
- Day-pack or bag to use around town
- Work gloves, if you’d like to do the stove building project
- Water bottle
- Sun hat
- A small object for our community altar that symbolizes what’s calling you on this journey: what longing or aspiration wants to be quenched?
- Yoga mats are provided by Villa Sumaya, but if your favorite mat is important to your retreat experience, you are welcome to bring it.
- Journal and pen/pencil
Clothes and Footwear
The weather will be sunny and 70-75 degrees; light rain is possible in the afternoons. Pack lightly! Villa Sumaya offers laundry service for $3/pound. On our service/excursion days, please wear an outfit that covers your shoulder and knees–a t-shirt and pants/capris will be fine.
- Pants, capris and/or leggings for 9 days. If you regularly wear shorts, skirts and/or dresses, pack a few of those as well.
- A combination of t-shirts, tank tops and/or blouses–tops that you would would regularly wear during the spring and summer.
- Comfortable clothes for your yoga 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 class.
- Two light long sleeve shirts for cool mornings and evenings
- One warm item– a light sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece for the evening, airplane, etc.
- Light rain shell or rain poncho
- Bathing suit
- Sleeping clothes
- A pair of comfortable, sturdy shoes for workdays and walking–sports sandals are fine.
Your regular spring/summer clothes will be perfect for this retreat, and you will need far fewer clothes than you might expect!
- 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, if you have a favorite brand (Villa Sumaya and our hotel in Antigua provide packets of shampoo, conditioner and soap)
- Insect repellent
- Chapstick with SPF
- 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)
- Vitamins and remedies
- Prescription medications
Other Items to Consider
- Phone and charger
- Nutritious, packaged snacks such as protein bars.
- Camera and charger
- Reading book
- Eyemask for sleeping
- Ear plugs, if you are a light sleeper
- Art supplies: sketchbook, colored pencils/pens/paints, etc.
- Treats…a little chocolate, some candy, gum, mints, etc.
- Some people find that grapefruit seed extract tablets or Pepto-Bismol help with stomach issues
- Non-drowsy Dramamine or other remedy if you tend toward motion sickness on curvy roads or boat travel.
- If enjoying decaf coffee or decaf black 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 consider carrying down donations for our service partners.