What to Bring

Packing List
Pack light! You'll be toting your own luggage around at the airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—ideally in one suitcase and one carry-on bag. 

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Clothing and Accessories

  • Comfortable walking shoes and one pair of nicer shoes

  • Shirts (short and long sleeved)

  • Socks and underwear

  • Watch

  • Shorts/pants/jeans

  • Pajamas

  • Bathing suit (if applicable)

  • Dressier outfit (reserved for a special night out)

  • Raincoat and/or umbrella (available in the EF Travel Kit)

  • Lightweight nylon jacket or warm-up top (rather than bulky sweatshirts)

  • Packing cubes (helps maximize suitcase space - available in the EF Travel Kit)


  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Soap

  • Deodorant

  • Hairbrush/comb

  • Sunscreen

  • Any medications (in addition to a copy of any prescription)

  • Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)


  • ATM card (Call the bank prior to departure to alert them of the trip; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts.)

  • Personal credit card

  • At least $50 converted to foreign currency of the first county that you’re visiting

  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing


  • An alarm clock (many hotel rooms won't have one)

  • An adaptor/converter (available in the EF Travel Kit)

  • Camera with extra batteries or chargers (Batteries can be expensive abroad.)


  • Passport—it is required on all EF Educational Tours. Remember to bring a couple photocopies of it (in case it is lost) and leave one copy at home

  • Visas (if applicable)

  • A copy of the tour itinerary

  • A list of important phone numbers and addresses to send postcards home

  • Copy of any prescriptions (Customs officials may want to verify that a container's contents match its label, so all medication should be carried in its original container.)

Carry-on bag

  • The EF backpack is a perfect carry-on bag. Here’s a short list of things travelers might need on the first day of the trip. These should be packed in the carry-on in case the checked luggage is delayed:

  • Passport

  • Money

  • Airline ticket

  • Travel pillow (makes sleeping on the plane easier - available in the EF Travel Kit)

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (Check tsa.gov for current security requirements.)

  • Hairbrush

  • Contact lens case/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the plane)

  • A change of clothes (in case luggage is delayed)

  • Medication

  • Any valuables

If you're traveling on a Service Learning Tour, we've created a detailed packing list of things to bring and keep in mind while working in and visiting local communities. 

Know Before You Go

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