Packing Essentials for the Volunteer Experience

by Derek Champoux, 6 years ago

Stress no more volunteers, we’ve got all your packing needs right here! Review your packing list, be your most prepared self and maximize your trip experience by bringing everything you’ll need to volunteer on your #TripofaLifetime!


T-Shirts (Protect your shoulders from the scorching sun)

Shorts (Preferably mid-thigh length)

Closed-toe shoes (sneakers or running shoes are preferable)

Above all, clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty in! Spare your favourite items the dry cleaning bill and load up on older T-shirts that are less valuable. Stocking up at your local Value Village or Goodwill is also a great place to get lots of travel clothing items for little cost.

Volunteer packing essentials

Every Day Items

Reusable water bottles (Brita, Camelbak, and Klean Kanteen are known to make great ones)

Sun Protection Gear: Sun Screen, Sunglasses, Baseball hats, etc.

Bug Spray

Work/Gardening Gloves (optional, but useful)

Camera! (oh and be sure to share your photos with us afterwards!)

Non Perishable Snacks (granola bars, protein bars, dried fruits, etc.)

 Group shot-compressed

Wish List Donations

Sports Equipment (deflate a soccer ball for easy transportation)

School Supplies

Spanish Children’s Books (Amazon has some great ones, including Spanish Curious George!)


We can't wait to see you on your Volunteer Abroad excursion, now included for free on your #TripofaLifetime! Read up on what past travelers have done in the community you'll be visiting by scrolling through our Volunteer Reports!

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