What to pack

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Pack light! You'll be toting your own luggage around at airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—one small carry-on suitcase and your EF backpack should be enough. Remember, checked baggage fees are not included in the tour cost, and they vary by airline. If you decided not to check a bag, remember to check tsa.gov for current security requirements in carry-on bags.

Clothing and Accessories

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Shirts (short and long sleeved)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Watch
  • Pants/shorts/jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit (if applicable)
  • Raincoat and/or umbrella 
  • Lightweight nylon jacket or fleece (rather than bulky sweatshirts)


  • 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)

Money and electronics

  • Till debit card (Find out more about Till here.)
  • ATM card (Call your bank prior to departure to alert them of the trip; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts.)
  • Personal credit card
  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing
  • Camera with extra batteries or charger


  • Proof of negative COVID PCR test, if required by your destination
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Passport (for tours to Canada)
  • A copy of the tour itinerary
  • A list of important phone numbers
  • Addresses to send postcards home

Carry-on bag

Here's a short list of things travelers might need on the first day of the trip. If you decide to check a bag, these should always be packed in a carry-on in case checked luggage is delayed:

  • Money
  • Airline boarding pass (received at the airport)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (Check tsa.gov for current security requirements.)
  • Hairbrush
  • Contact lens case/glasses
  • A change of clothes (in case luggage is delayed)
  • Medication
  • Any valuables
  • Passport (for tours to Canada)

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.