Remember, airlines follow the 3-1-1 rule in regards to traveling with liquids: bottles that are 3 ounces or less that fit in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic bag in 1 suitcase per passenger. If you forget something you need or want to buy your toiletries in country, just remember the products may be different from what you are used to as they are from a different country. 

  • Deodorant

  • Toothpaste & toothbrush 

  • Razor & gel

  • Tissues

  • Portable toilet paper/wipes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Hair brush & hair ties

  • Shampoo & conditioner 

  • Soap/body wash

  • Sunscreen

  • Laundry soap

  • Aloe

  • Bug spray (with at least 30% Deet)

  • Glasses/contacts (if applicable)

  • Make-up (if applicable)

  • Feminine hygiene products (if applicable)

First Aid/Medications

Medical care in developing countries does not meet the same standards as medical care in the U.S. Although we scout the best private medical care in each country, if you have special physical, mental, or emotional health needs, consider the distance of the country from the U.S. or the nearest developed country. We recommend each volunteer creates a mini “medicine cabinet” in a small bag to bring with them in-country. Medications and health supplies are fairly cheap in most locations; however, it is difficult to find the same medications abroad as you would in the U.S.

  • Any prescribed medications you take

  • Pain reliever (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen)

  • Anti-diarrheal (i.e. Modium)

  • Prescription antibiotics (i.e. Cipro)

  • Sleeping medication (i.e. Melatonin)

  • Tums/antacid 

  • Anti-itch cream

  • Moleskin (for blisters)

  • Dramamine/motion sickness medication

  • Multivitamins

  • Probiotics

  • First-aid kit


  • Headphones

  • Electrical converter 

  • Batteries

  • iPods/phones accepted (no laptops)

  • Camera/memory card/other accessories


  • Passport/visa

  • Copy of passport/visa (leave at home)

  • Driver's License

  • Credit/debit cards

  • Cash (we recommend bringing about $100. There will be ATMs to get more money out if needed)



We suggest bringing a carry-on suitcase and a personal item (such as a backpack). Therefore, we suggest bringing a week's worth of clothing to save space. If needed, you may bring a check-in suitcase (under 50lbs) but this is not covered by your trip fees. Laundry facilities will be available to wash your clothes mid-trip. Because we will be doing manual labor projects (painting, gardening, etc), we suggest bringing inexpensive clothes that can get dirty/stained. It is also going to be hot and humid, so we suggest bringing light weight clothing that will keep you cool.

Please note: this is a general packing list. Your packing needs may differ from others in your group. 

  • Shirts

  • Bottoms (shorts/capris/legging/pants)

  • A church appropriate outfit (dress/skirt or pants/collared shirt

  • Dress shoes (sandals acceptable)

  • Long-sleeved t-shirt and/or sweatshirt

  • Socks

  • Undergarments

  • Pajamas

  • Swimming suit

  • Towel

  • Hat

  • Sneakers/Closed-toe shoes 

  • Sturdy walking sandals (i.e. Chacos, Tevas)

  • Flip flops 



  • Water bottle

  • Work gloves

  • Backpack

  • Notebook/journal

  • Pen/pencil

  • Money pouch/belt

  • Sunglasses

  • Phrasebook for local languages

  • Earplugs

  • Fun things: compact games, cards, frisbees, paperback books, etc. 

  • Snacks: granola bars, beef jerky, candy, trail mix, dried fruit, peanut butter, etc. 

  • Minimal, inexpensive jewelry