Disclaimer: Don’t feel like you have to bring everything on this list, but there probably isn’t anything you need to bring that isn’t on this list. If you DO want something on this list (besides what a hotel might have), then it is up to you to pack it.


  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving gel/cream
  • Razor
  • Face Wash
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Facepads
  • Sunscreen
  • Mirror
  • Brush
  • Hair Ties
  • Toilet paper/wet wipes
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer wipes
  • Feminine products


  • T-shirts
  • Pajama pants
  • Long sleeve t-shirt
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sandals
  • Sweatshirts
  • Rain Jacket


  • Any special food/ candy that you may not find overseas
  • Goldfish
  • Fruit snacks
  • Mini Oreos/Milanos
  • Granola bars
  • Jar of Peanut butter
  • Crystal light/ gatorade/ water flavor packets (with electrolytes)


  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Your medications
  • Passport Photo ID
  • Money
  • Credit Card (call company)
  • Small wallet/change purse
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Small and large ziplock bags
  • safety pins
  • Plastic grocery bags (dirty laundry)
  • Smaller bag to use in india (Kavu, book bag, etc.)
  • Bug spray
  • Dryer sheets
  • Alarm clock
  • Shower shoes
  • Sharpie marker(s) -always come in handy!
  • Laundry detergent
  • Febreeze
  • Tums
  • Small blanket
  • Trash Bags
  • Duct tape
  • Paper/pens
  • Notebook
  • Playing Cards
  • UNO cards (can teach without words!)
  • Post It Notes
  • Sunglasses
  • Gum
  • Chapstick
  • Water bottle (fill up once in airport)
  • Pens/Pencil/Paper
  • Bible
  • Ipod/ Headphones
  • travel pillow

Use this list as a guide, not an absolute! Talk to your team leader about where you’ll be staying- the location and time of year are important factors in what you should pack. Most teams do not need to bring towels or bed linens- your team leader will tell you if you need them! All your meals in country are covered, so any food you bring is for your own snacks. GHI also provides a first aid kit that will cover basics like band aids, Tums, headache medicine, oral rehydration packets, a flashlight w/batteries, etc.

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