What should I pack?

What should I pack?

Since each trip varies, we will go into more detail about what to bring at a group conference call set up before your trip.

However, you can refer to this general packing list:

Personal Items

  • Current passport, including a photocopy
  • Additional ID, such as a driver’s license
  • Print-out of round-trip flight itinerary
  • Daypack or bag for carrying personal items to/from worksite and excursions
  • Large, reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription glasses and/or contacts
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Cash and ATM cards: to purchase souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, and to tip the staff at your host hotel
  • Toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothbrush and paste, lip balm, feminine hygiene products, etc.
  • Travel towel
  • Medication: diarrhea medication (Imodium), constipation pills, vitamins/supplements, anti-itch spray or cream
  • Prescription medication, if needed
  • Allergy medication, if needed
  • First aid: ibuprofen, bandaids, antiseptic cream (Neosporin)
  • Rehydration tablets or electrolyte packets
  • Sunscreen (sport or waterproof)
  • Insect repellent with DEET
  • Electronics: travel plug adapter (if necessary), music / portable speakers, camera, GoPro, charging devices, etc.
  • Miscellaneous: journal and pen, book or e-Reader, games, playing cards
  • Snacks for in between meals (i.e. trail mix, protein bars, dried fruit)
  • Ziploc or dry bags to keep electronics and valuables dry


  • Appropriate clothing for getting sweaty, wet, dusty, and dirty
  • Comfortable clothing to change into for evenings and cultural immersion activities, e.g. light long sleeves and pants to cover up in the evenings (protect your ankles from mosquitoes!)
  • Light jacket, sweatshirt, or wrap
  • Sleepwear
  • Hat with brim
  • Swim suit / swim trunks
  • Swimming cover-up or sarong
  • Rain poncho / jacket
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Water/mud/sand-friendly light shoes

For Construction Projects

  • Old work clothes or quick-drying athletic clothes
  • Closed-toed athletic shoes or boots
  • Long lightweight pants or 3/4 length pants (athletic or yoga pants okay)  - no shorts
  • Shirts with sleeves - no tank tops
  • Extra change of clothes / shoes to change into after construction and before activities with students (optional -  simply for comfort as you may get wet and muddy on the worksite)
  • Work gloves (Such as these: Amazon.  Also available for purchase at any local hardware store)
  • Bandana to protect against dust and wipe away sweat

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