Please keep in mind it is very important to show respect for other countries and cultures; short shorts or spaghetti strap tank tops are not appropriate for the work sites. Please be considerate of a culture that is different from the one you are accustomed to.


The lighter you travel, the better. Chances are that you will have to carry what you pack. Luggage with wheels or old duffel bags work best. Please remember to put a change of clothing and all the items you can not live without (ie. medication, glasses, toothbrush) in your carry-on, in case your suitcase does not make it to your final destination. Your best bet for a lock is the special combination locks that have been approved by the Transportation Security Administration. These approved locks can be opened by the airport screeners and re-locked one the contents have been checked.

Daily Work Items

  • T-shirt
  • Slacks
  • Hat, sunglasses, bandana
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Socks
  • Sports bra
  • water bottle, energy snacks and electrolyte crystals for your water ie. Sports Drink.

Evening Outfits

  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Dress
  • Shoes
  • A fleece or a sweatshirt (the weather could be moderately cold in the evening hours)
  • 2-3 casual evening outfits for our final dinner


  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Flip flops
  • Water shoes (necessary for the ocean in Zanzibar for those on the Tanzania trip)
  • Windbreaker/poncho rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Runners.


  • Toilet paper – remember to carry some with you at all times
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, toothpicks, nail scrub brush
  • Shampoo
  • Shower flip flops
  • Nail clippers and brush, tweezers, a pocket knife (optional)
  • Insect repellent, disinfecting spray
  • Hand sanitizer, hand wipes
  • Sun screen, sun glasses
  • Baby powder – helps absorb sweat
  • Contact lens supply and reading glasses (if needed)
  • A simple first aid kit (We will have a first aid kit with us on site) band-aids, pepto-bismol, anti-diarrhea, polysporin, anti-itch cream, aspirin, allergy medication
  • Ear plugs (you never know if your roommate snores or not)
  • Ladies: Feminine hygiene items
  • Gentlemen: Razors and shaving cream

Personal Items

  • Journal, note book, pens, pencils
  • Games, cards
  • Small sewing kit and pins
  • Camera, memory cards, and batteries
  • Alarm clock (there are none in the rooms)
  • A knapsack or a bag to carry items to the build site each day
  • Small flash light or head lamp to get around at night in your room for reading
  • Personal spices – hot sauce, pepper
  • Electrical conversion adapter
  • Chargers
  • Binoculars
  • A list of medication you are currently taking

Tools (optional)

  • Work gloves are highly recommended; bring at least 2-3 pairs of good work gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knives
  • Pencils

A more comprehensive list will be available to you in in your Volunteer Handbook once you have registered.