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Packing Checklist

Special note for Online Registration -ALL participants must submit their online registration prior to traveling.
This simple 5 minute process will include basic information, dietary preferences, medical self-assessment, and volunteer waivers. A link will be provided to you 6 weeks prior to traveling.

Pack Light!

We advise checking with your program coordinator prior to departure, however this general checklist is a great start!
We also highly recommended bringing only one small carry-on or duffle bag and small backpack.


  • Insurance: proof of Health and/or Travel Insurance.
    *Note: this is usually handled through your school or organization.
  • Passport: required for international travel only.
    *Visitors to Mexico must also have their passport.


  • Work shoes: Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots for working – running shoes are usually sufficient, but will get dirty!
  • Work clothes: Long pants are required for work projects. We recommend bringing one item that is long sleeved.
  • Work gloves: Work or garden gloves.
  • Work gloves: Work or garden gloves.
  • Walking shoes: walking/running shoes in addition to work shoes. Also recommend a pair of comfortable slip-on shoes, sandals, or flip-flops. Bring extra socks.
  • Clothes: Casual/comfortable clothes for regular wear. Recommend layering due to unpredictable variations in weather. Bring at least one long sleeve item for layering & sun protection, such as a hoodie, long-sleeve T-shirt, sweatshirt, or sweater. Bring something warm to wear at night. No halters, tank tops, or short shorts please. Modesty is appreciated!

Personal Items

  • Personal water bottle
  • Sunglasses and/or work goggles
  • Sunscreen, unscented moisturizer, chapstick, eye drops
  • Hat: baseball cap or sunhat to protect from wind & sun
  • Personal toiletries – biodegradable natural products preferred
  • Personal medications – bring your medicine. IMPORTANT a complete list of all prescription medications and/or medical conditions must be submitted through the Online Registration prior to departure.
  • Due to likely exposure to pollen, dust, and/or animals please bring personal over-the-counter prescription allergy medications and/or eye-drops, if needed.
  • Personal spending money for incidentals including missing toiletries, additional snacks or beverages, or shopping with local artisans and vendors.
  • Camera including extra batteries & memory cards
  • Sleeping bag and pillow. *Programs vary by location, please check with your trip coordinator to see if these items are necessary.

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