Packing for any major trip is nearly an adventure of its own. The Ichabods headed to Nicaragua have been advised that they will need to be able to carry their own luggage – by themselves – for between ¼ and ½ a mile. For most of us, that means bringing less than the airline’s allowed 50 pounds per bag.

And don’t forget to leave room for coffee. And maybe a painting! (During her first trip, Suzie fell in love with some of the paintings done by a local artist. On her second trip she made sure she had the money and the room for a painting that now hangs in her home.)

Backpacks in a store - from

So what do you bring for a 16-day trip to Nicaragua?

  • Passport
  • Airline ticket
  • ID, credit card, insurance card and photo copies
  • Medicines and prescription photocopies as required
  • Warm weather clothes – but keep the shorts and tank tops to a minimum. Shorts are and especially speghitti-strap tank tops not commonly worn in Nicaragua.
  • One nicer outfit for meetings with organizations
  • Bathing suit
  • Light jacket or long-sleeve shirt for cool nights in the mountains.

We will have access to a washer and dryer at Quaker House, at the beginning and end of our stay. We may be able to wash our things alongside or home-stay families.

  • Walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • One nicer pair of shoes
  • Flip flops – for the shower only

Several travelers have purchased sneakers second hand so they don’t worry about getting them dirty while we’re working.

  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Sunblock
  • Bug repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Cell phone

The Ichabods have been encouraged to “unplug” during the trip, but having a phone or not is a personal decision.

Still not sure you can make it all fit?

Check out these great posts from the blog Everywhere Once about packing for an extended excursion.

The photo of backpacks on this page was borrowed from Everywhere Once