Trip preparations and packing list

 Packing List

It is essential to respect the local customs/traditions with the clothing that you pack. Please respect this and pack modest clothes.  You will be asked to change your clothes if these guidelines are not followed. This is extremely important!

Please note there are no laundry facilities on this trip, however you can hand wash your clothes if necessary. Most people make the mistake of bringing too much clothing.  A suggestion: Avoid nylon and other synthetics which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather.

Travel light – you are away for one week. Pack only one bag/suitcase to check in and one carry-on bag/backpack. Best to have identification tags on your luggage.

Life in the village is simple. In order to fully engage, World Volunteer (WV) encourages all participants to pack with the mindset of “less is more”. There is hardly anything to buy in the village so if you know you will have a hard time eating the food that will be prepared in the village, make sure to bring some alternative snacks for your own consumption. Don’t forget to bring your personal medication in case you suffer from allergies or other health issues. Your WV trip leader will carry a well-stocked first aid bag. WV also encourages all participants not to bring their mobile phones on the trip.

You will need old clothes and sturdy shoes for the building / manual labour – these clothes will get dirty!.

Essential
Clothes appropriate for the climate and season (Temperature ranges between 29 -18 degrees)
2 Long trousers (1 for work / 1 for in town and travel). Cotton trousers are fine, although lightweight synthetic trousers are quicker to dry.
2 Long Shirts (1 for work / 1 for in town and travel) you want long sleeves to give you protection from the sun and insects! Nice on cool evenings
1 Fleece or sweater – it might get a little cool in the evenings
2 Shorts (1 for work / 1 for in town and travel)
5 T-shirts. Please, no offensive slogans or images. Since this is a conservative area please avoid wearing clothes that might attract unwanted attention)
Light rain jacket
Comfortable footwear to wear during free time
Sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes also suitable for work site
Durable trousers for work site
Flip flops
Swimwear
Undergarments / Daily Essentials
Sunglasses and hat
Pyjamas
Personal hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
Sunscreen and insect repellent
Any medication you normally take (with the prescription clearly indicated. You will need to talk to your trip leader about this)
Torch
Reusable water container
Sufficient money (in USD, or local currency) for souvenirs, shopping, soft drinks and snacks

Towel

Optional – bedding (blanket or sleeping bag).

Other Items (non-essential)
Camera
Electrical adaptor
Earplugs and eye mask
Reading material
Playing cards

What not to bring

Any expensive watches or jewellery

Excessive amounts of money

Laptops, iPads

Non-essential valuable items