"What to Bring" Suggestions

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Credit card, we suggest you bring only one
  • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Camera, batteries, memory card
  • Insect repellant with DEET
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat - the sun is strong
  • Bandana - for the dust, or to soak in cool water and wear around the neck to keep cool
  • Los Encinitos and San Marcos teams: There may be sheets on site, but you may want to bring a sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, or air mattress. Bring your own towels.
  • Two or three sets of scrubs
  • Bathing suit
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medications, vitamins, (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, Tums, band-aids, anti-bacterial ointments, etc.)
  • Anti-malaria meds
  • Wristwatch and/or travel alarm clock
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses; contact lens care items
  • Sunglasses
  • Cell phone - may or may not work in country. You can purchase an international calling plan from your carrier.
  • Water bottle - put your name on it
  • Reading material, crossword puzzles, sudoku - "things to do when the sun goes down"
  • Backpack or fanny pack - good for carrying items you may need throughout the day, e.g. camera, tissues, hand sanitizer, pens, etc.
  • Medical and dental personnel - instruments you will want at clinic


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