The best advice is to pack lightly and leave plenty of room for souvenirs. Here are some items you might want to consider bringing.


  • Backpacker bags and/or duffel bags may be easier for travel, especially for jumping on local transportation. If you use a bag on wheels, it may be better to use a small suitcase, instead of a large one.
  • Book bag for weekend trips and groceries.

Suggested items

  • Adaptors, converters and chargers (we suggest a global converter so that you can use it no matter where you go, but adaptors can be purchased cheaply at Carrefour)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Any medication you need
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Toiletries, especially tampons and deodorant
  • Bug spray and hand sanitizer
  • Photos of loved ones
  • Comfort foods

You DO NOT need to bring

  • Too much clothing—you will buy (or tailor!) a lot
  • Sheets, since they will be provided. You may want to bring one towel for your first days.
  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash— there are plenty of American brands at Carrefour and Watson’s.

If you plan on traveling

  • Flip flops for the hostel showers.
  • Towels for the hostels.
  • Lock - Some students felt they needed a lock for their bag.
  • Do not pack new clothes for every day of your trip!
  • Do not bring valuables that you do not need!