What to pack

Pack light! You'll be toting your own luggage around at airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—ideally in one small carry-on suitcase and one additional personal item, like your EF backpack. 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

  • 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

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.