Packing Lists

Preparing for an adventure can often be challenging, whether the destination is new or familiar. We provide sample packing lists located on your private program webpage for each of our countries, customized for each program’s length.

Whether you are traveling to Japan, Senegal, or Peru, all our suggested packing lists cover the basic necessities for each program’s environment. Suitable clothing, essential toiletries, and miscellaneous items such as spending money, your student ID, and a journal are all included. In the event that your program includes homestays, we also provide guidance on how to select an appropriate gift to give to your families. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a duffle bag or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions, and shorter activities.

We appreciate that everyone has their own preferred style of packing for travel, which is why our lists should be viewed as helpful guides. We tend to follow a “less-is-more” philosophy of packing, and encourage participants to be mindful of their own needs.

Spending Money

We recommend bringing around $250 in spending money while on our programs but encourage you to adjust this recommendation based on your spending habits. As a reminder, everything on our programs is included in the tuition price, such as food, accommodations, transportation, activities, etc. However, there are opportunities on all of our programs to spend extra money beyond what is already included in the trip.

During our programs there will always be opportunities to purchase souvenirs to remember your experience, or as gifts for your family and friends. Your spending money might also be used for optional free time activities depending on your program. Examples of this might be a spa treatment at the hotel where you are staying, time at an internet cafe, purchasing snacks, or visiting a new museum during a free afternoon.