For country-specific packing recommendations, see trip-specific flyer or talk to your trip leader.

Important Papers & Documents

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Travel visa (if necessary)
  • AIrline tickets
  • Cash*

Toiletries & Personal Care

  • Important personal medications
  • Over-the-counter medications (i.e. Pepto, Tylenol, Tums)
  • Insect repellent**
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Optional: Small toiletries kit to freshen up during the day
  • Water bottle
  • Energy bars, Gatorade pouches, etc.
  • Ear plugs
  • Towel***


  • Sunglasses
  • Hats and/or bandana
  • Umbrella and/or rain poncho
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp

Clothing & Footwear

  • Hiking boots or tennis shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Pajamas
  • Clothing that can get muddy, but still look presentable
  • Long, breathable pants for community visits****
  • Long sleeve, breathable shirts or jackets
  • Comfortable clothes (to wear at hotel)


  • Photos of your family to share
  • Country-specific phrase book
  • Swimsuit (optional: if tourism days involve swimming)
  • Phone charger
  • Face Mask
  • Headphones
  • Bible/journal/pen

*Carry the minimal account of cash. We recommedn $20 USD in case of emergencies. All standard costs will be covered.

**Insect repellent will not only help keep the nuisances away, but also reduce the chance that you're exposed to an insect-borne disease. Tip: Use a spray with 30% DEET, not 100% DEET since it has fewer health risks.

***If you aren't sure whether or not the place you're staying provides towels, ask your trip leader. You may pack a small, lightweight, absorbent travel towel.

****Nylon/Nylon blend recommended for active days.