Your team leader will advise you of any specific items you might need to take for the country that you are going to, but here is a basic packing list for you:

  • Passport – it’s good to keep this in a waterproof/plastic bag
  • Visa
  • Personal spending money
  • Toiletries
  • For the ladies, sanitary items (some countries do not have these, or have different brands – take enough plus a little more)
  • Any prescription medication
  • Towel – Microfibre travel towels are great
  • Tissues/toilet paper
  • Clothing appropriate for the country (check with your team leader for this)
  • Small gifts for children (pencils, stickers, balloons)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Thongs/flip flops – especially good for shared showers/bathrooms
  • Torch
  • Panadol/paracetamol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Electrolyte tablets/powder
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sleepwear that is appropriate to be seen in public!
  • Water bottle
  • Baby wipes – good for situations with limited access to showers
  • A bar of laundry soap or a small amount of washing powder
  • A sarong or sarong sized piece of cloth – useful for using as a sheet, blanket, emergency clothing, cover from the sun, pretty much anything really!
  • Plastic bags/ziplock bags – good for dirty washing, storing loose items etc.
  • Swimming costume – usually recommended for both guys and girls to wear a t shirt and board
  • Shorts for swimming.
  • Garbage bag – in case anything happens to your suitcase and you need a bag big enough for your stuff
  • Waterproofing for your suitcase – not essential but highly recommended by most seasoned travellers. Even a large garbage bag on the inside of your case is good.