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We want your visit
to Haiti to be as enjoyable as possible. Toward that end, many of our repeat visitors have offered up suggestions about what to pack that will make your life much easier. Keep in mind that, like in the U.S., luggage is sometimes lost or delayed. Be sure to pack enough in your carry-on to get you through the first day or two in Haiti. Happy packing!

What to Bring

Clothing

Many of our teams choose to purchase clothes at a local thrift store and leave them in Haiti. Our missionaries will see that they are distributed to the Haitian people through a local church program.

  • Shorts/capris
  • T-shirts/tops
  • Men: dress slacks and nice shirt/tie for church
  • Women: dress or skirt/blouse for church; 2-3 knee or ankle length skirts for day trips
  • Pajamas (long pants are warm, but will protect you from bug bites)
  • Swimsuit (one piece)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Flip-flops or sandals, sneakers, close-toed shoes (socks and shoes keep your feet and ankles from getting bit by mosquitos, fleas, etc.)
  • Many people wear the same clothes on travel days to/from Haiti
  • Optional: Water shoes (if your group plans to swim)


Toiletries

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Contact lens solution
  • Razor/shaving cream
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion (the water here is very hard and dries the skin)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bugspray
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti-itch cream for mosquito bites
  • Small first-aid kit (bandaids, pain reliever, allergy and/or anti-diarrhea meds)
  • Prescription meds enough to last one week beyond your expected return date


Essentials

  • Bible
  • Refillable water bottle, preferably with a karabiner or strap
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Travel pouch, cinch sack or book bag for day trips
  • Bandana (good for wiping away sweat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat for sun protection
  • SMALL DENOMINATION bills. Many places in Haiti expect you to tip and vendors will want you to negotiate when you purchase souveniers. Having small, UNTORN, bills is very helpful. (Haitian banks will not accept US money that is marred in any way.)
  • Beach towel
  • Journal and pen
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Reading materials
  • Electronics (cell phones, tablets, and chargers) - there is WiFi on the campus though bandwidth is limited
  • Battery powered personal fan with extra batteries
  • Snacks
  • A positive attitude!

Packing Tips

Packing Tips

Packing in space bags or shrink wrap will maximize the room in your suitcase.


Pack all liquids in a ziploc in case it spills. Baggage handlers in Port-au-Prince are very hard on luggage.


Use the same, easily identifiable object on everyone's luggage so the bags are easy to spot at baggage claim.


Please do not bring or plan to use anything with a heating element (hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, etc.) as they draw too much electricity. Our facility is completely off the grid; we encourage visitors to conserve electricity and water during their stay.


Last but not least... if you have additional room in your luggage or are willing and able to carry extra bags, please check with our project managers to see what items may need to be carried from the US. Many items are difficult or impossible to find in country. Thank you!

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