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    What to Pack for a Service-Learning Experience

    If you’re like us here at The Reign, most of your international traveling so far was facilitated through your college or university. (And if not, and you just got it like that to travel- chile we are jealous of you!) But if not and you’re currently freaking out over what to pack for that month long service trip, freak out no more because we got you.
    Happy Traveling!


    • A weeks worth of cotton t-shirt’s (short or long sleeve)
    • Two pairs of harem pants (they’re light and breezy, trust us)
    • Three maxi skirts (it’s often necessary to be modest or totally covered in other countries)
    • One pair of gym shoes 
    • One pair of TOMS/other slip on shoes
    • Two or Three pairs of athletic shorts (for sleeping, working out, any physical labor)
    • One sweatshirt or sweater (it gets cold at night!)
    • One pair of sweat/yoga/long loose pants (again, it gets cold at night – you might need them for something else)
    • One business or professional dress (on all of my trips I’ve had to meet diplomats/chiefs/someone important and was glad I had this)
    • Rain jacket/Poncho 
    • Swim Suit
    • Sandals, with a tie at the back. Save your flip flops for the shower, make sure these are sturdy. 
    • Socks and all the other undergarments you will need. 

    Fun Stuff 

    • Books 
    • Camera 
    • Journal 
    • Sunglass 
    • Sun Hat
    • Any Gifts for people you’re staying with 


    • Soap 
    • Shampoo/Conditioner depending upon the state of your hair and how often you’ll need to wash it (I always travel with braids) 
    • Sunscreen 
    • Aloe Vera 
    • First Aid Kit 
    • Bug Spray. Bug Spray. Bug Spray. 
    • Hydrocortisone/Anti-Itch cream 
    • Any feminine products you might need (they aren’t always available in other countries as readily as they are in the US – prioritize this!)
    • Lip Balm 
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Face Wipes, Summer’s Eve Wipes, Sanitizing Wipes (ALL OF THE WIPES)
    • Kleenex 
    • TUMS/Pepto Bismol/Immodium (Stomach aches while traveling are the worst – be prepared)
    • Motrin/Tylenol (You just never know)
    • Toothbrush and Toothpaste 
    • Any other medicines you might take 

    Practical Things

    • Batteries 
    • Chargers 
    • Plug Adapter/Converter 
    • Flash Light/Headlamp (other countries power grids are not always as reliable as America’s)
    • Water Bottle 
    • Towel/Blanket (ask ahead if you’ll need these)
    • Laundry Detergent/soap if you plan to re-use clothes
    • Bags for Dirty Clothes
    • Two Copies of your: Passport, Credit Cards, Health Insurance Card

    Gabrielle Hickmon
    Gabrielle Hickmon

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