The Complete Checklist 
for volunteer trips

A forthcoming volunteer trip can leave you anxious about your pack list, especially as a first-timer. So after booking your flight and sorting your travel insurance, you might wonder what other vital measures should you put in place to ensure a memorable volunteer experience?

With this helpful guide, you don’t have to worry about anything else but ensuring you fulfill your volunteer goal abroad. See the list below:

1. Clothing Essentials

When preparing for a volunteer trip, figure out all the essential clothing items you’ll need, and estimate how many of them would last you for the journey. Your clothing items should include jumpers, shirts, underwear, trousers, jackets, shoes, sandals, trainers, scarf, bikini, pajamas, sunglasses, and hats.

Remember, to a large extent, the type of clothing will depend on the volunteer project, climate, and the dress code in that clime. For instance, volunteering in a country like Thailand will require you to get some fashion items and clothes that shade your skin from the sun.

Consider your volunteer project, say teaching, or build and opt for clothes that suit the occasion.

2. Hygiene Essentials

After packing your essential clothing, you must ensure that your hygiene essentials are also in place. These materials include contact lenses, a towel, laundry detergent, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo and soap, toilet paper, female hygiene products, body and face cream. Other hygiene essentials are nail scissors and file, hair ties and hair slides, shaving equipment.

3. First Aid Essentials

Accidents are unpredictable during work. While you endeavor to be careful, carry your first aid items to your volunteer placement. Your box should include sunscreen, painkiller, clinical thermometer, anti-diarrheal medicines, after-sunburn, tweezers and scissor, band-aids, ointment for insect bites, contraceptives, prescription glasses, and bug repellants.

This way, you can swiftly respond to emergencies.

4. Gadgets

Never forget to itemize the gadgets you’ll rely on throughout the trip. Think about your phone, camera, chargers, head-touch, multi-plug, iPad, and E-reader.

If you’ll be volunteering during the winter season, it’s essential to get a heater for your room with a safe source of gentle infrared heat. Also, don’t forget to get a power bank to charge your gadgets just in case of a power failure and the absence of a generator with a powerful engine.

5. Toiletries

Your toiletries will go a long way in making your volunteer journey a clean and comfortable one. Some of the toiletries you’ll be needing no matter what include a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant to smell nice, soap that’s great for your skin and hair.

6. Relevant Documents and General Things

Driver’s license, contact address of your travel program, passport and visa, copies of your tickets, and passports are some of the essential documents that you mustn’t forget. Also include your credit card, cash, international insurance card, and a catalog of numbers to block your credit cards in your pack. Your flight tickets and flight schedule, a record of emergency contacts and addresses (such as the embassy’s), vaccination card, mobile phone, and battery recharger are equally essential.

Moreover, don’t forget your tourist guide and language guide, and remember to acquaint yourself daily with your destination’s entry requirements.

7. Select an Appropriate Travel Bag

Whether you’re traveling with a pack or suitcase, endeavor to travel light regardless. Furthermore, utilize packing cubes and tinier bags within your bigger ones to ensure that your stuff is handy and separated from the chunk of your clothes.

Moreover, to maximize the limited space in your bag and even ensure that your clothes don’t desperately need ironing after unpacking, roll your clothes into rigid cylinders before packing.

8. Research

The best way to ensure you’re precise and meticulous is by researching all the essentials you’ll be needing throughout the journey. Visit Google to find out the season they are experiencing at your volunteer destination to enable you to prepare adequately. Enquire if temperatures vary during the day and night. Find out religious and socials norms, so you don’t fall short of their standard.

Decide if you’ll be enjoying recreational activities that require particular gear like hiking boots and glasses. Know the amount of time you’ll be spending at your destination and if it’s going to be across multiple destinations or just one. Embarking on this research will inform your pack list and ensure you’re ready to have a fantastic time during your program.

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