Packing Checklist


What clothing to pack will depend upon the climate and season of the location, as well as the setting in which you will be working. You should learn this information before attempting to prepare a packing list.

  • Women may want to inquire about the local culture with regards to dress. For example, women may be expected to wear dresses/skirts of a certain style or length (e.g., below the knee or entirely covering legs) or be expected to wear a headscarf.
  • Pack clothes that are made of light fabric and can be easily washed and worn. Also, consider taking clothes that can be left behind or donated.
  • Shoes (sneakers, dress shoes, boots, sandals/flip-flops)
  • Hat, gloves, scarves
  • Sunglasses
  • Jackets/ raincoat (climate dependant)


Make sure to bring of sufficient supply of medications that you take daily.

  • Motion sickness medication
  • Pain reliever/fever reducer
  • Anti-malaria medications
  • Medications for diarrhea and constipation

Personal Care

  • Iodine tablets and portable water filters
  • Insect repellant with 30-50% DEET and a bed net
  • Sunblock and sunglasses
  • Hygiene and feminine products
  • Alcohol-based hand gels or wipes
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Laundry detergent
  • Electrical adapter and plug converter (check the type of electricity and plugs of the host community before leaving)
  • Towels
  • Camera and batteries - spare flash cards or memory for digital camera
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Spare glasses, contacts
  • Sewing kit
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Granola and protein bars