How To Pack for Your Volunteering Trip Abroad

by Simon Hopes Author

Volunteering is one of the best things you can do and if you are considering volunteering abroad, you need to know exactly what to pack. Packing will actually be a lot of fun, because you are getting ready for an incredible trip that is bound to be an adventure. If you don’t know what to take and what to leave, here is a guide to get you through it.

Do Your Research

Depending on where you are going, when you are going, and for how long you are going to stay, you need to consider several factors. What season is it there and how low or how high do temperatures get? With this information, you will know what kind of clothes to pack. If you just volunteering during summer, you have no need to carry your winter jacket. Find out how conservative or liberated the culture in that area is so you can dress appropriately without offending anyone. What kind of work will you be volunteering in? If you will be working in the field, or dressing formally, then pack the right clothes.

Get all your documents ready

When traveling to most countries, your passport needs to have at least a 6-month validity after your last day of travel. Check yours to see whether it can take that long, and if not, you need to renew it first. Do you need an entry visa? Do you need to alert your bank account that you are leaving the country? Get travel insurance if you can. Make copies of all your documents and leave them to a person you trust. You should also have digital versions of those documents. Have folder or travel wallet for all your documents to avoid loss.

Pick a bag

Do you need a travel bag or a suitcase? Sometimes a travel bag can be inconvenient when you need to carry it a lot. Other times, lagging a suitcase on cobbled streets is not the best thing either. Consider where you are going, and what you intend to do there. Better yet, you can carry a suitcase, and pack a small bag for those times you need to carry a backpack.

Pack Light

After your research, it will be easy to decide what you pack. Pack your clothing, toiletries, medicine, and gadgets, suck as an unlocked phone, chargers, adaptors, camera, and multi-plug. You can also carry a torch, and a power bank just in case. You can also pack a few things to bring to the volunteering project if it will help. Just get in touch with the organization for an inquiry.


Once you pack everything, you can go to your destination without worry. As long as you take a positive attitude with you, you will get to meet new people, make new friends, and have tons of fun. You will be helping people who need it, and this will give you a sense of purpose and meaning into life, so enjoy and learn as much as you can.

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