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what to pack?

It's pilgrimage and not a vacation! We'll live simply, rely on those around us, and carry everything on our back.


  • Large Backpacking backpack 45-55 liters (examples in background)*

    • ​Best if small enough to fit in the carry-on compartment, especially if it has a frame: 22 x 18 x 10in. If you check it or a suitcase, 5% chance it arrives a couple days late and will be delivered to us.

    • Great if you have extra space (for group items and souvenirs

  • Day backpack​​ (example in below background)

    • This will be your “personal item” for the flight. 

    • Make sure it can fit in your large backpack for when we are carrying everything and hiking long ditsances.

    • If you check your big bag, pack in here 2 nights of clothing and small toiletries (no liquids over 3.4oz).

  • Misc. Items

    • Compact, lightweight sleeping bag (for summer trips, warm-weather bag; even just a liner is sufficient). 

    • Student ID card (discounts)

    • Pouch (around neck or money belt) for passport, cash, and ID

      • something for easy access while backpacking

      • a small crossbody purse works great for women, or fanny pack

    • Small Bible - RSV Catholic compact edition is a good size

    • Journal and/or pocket notepad

    • Pen, pencil

    • Lightweight personal book, preferably relating to the trip! Books/articles will also be available to borrow. *not necessary for short term trips especially to conserve weight and space

    • Phone: we'll detach from devices most of the time, but it's good to have for airport pick-up, maps, emergencies, info, and telling the time.

      • please download WhatsApp before arrival

    • Sunglasses

    • Hat - baseball cap or other for sun protection

    • Water bottle (camelbacks are great too for the long hikes)

    • At least $50 spending money (cash)

      • Can venmo while abroad for any $ needs

      • Credit cards are helpful in a medical emergency 

  • Toiletries

    • Towel, small for camping/packing convenience

    • Small travel-size toiletries 

    • Small bottle of sun-screen (or share ours)

    • Small bug spray (or share ours)

    • A bit of toilet paper in a ziplock or plastic bag to keep with you for hikes and in case public toilets are out of paper


  • Shoes

    • Hiking shoes (not boots or tennis shoes, not white or loud colors)

      • for visiting churches and something to run in.​

    • Sandals like Chacos or Tevas than you can walk in and can get wet. 


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Clothing note: we'll be able to do laundry every 3-6 days​

  • Women's clothing

    • 1 swimsuit: modest, one piece or preferably tankini (for bathroom/changing convenience)

    • Underwear for 5-6 days

    • 3-5 pairs of socks depending on how much you think you'll wear shoes or sandals

    • 1 pair of lightweight pants

    • 1 lightweight head scarf (for sun & Greek Orthodox can also buy one here)

    • 2 jacket/sweater/sweatshirt layers, rain is very rare from mid-May to the end of September

    • 1-2 pairs of shorts for sleeping, hiking, running, or beach (modest)

    • 3 skirts (at least to the knees) - we'll wear ​these most of the time

      • bike shorts work great for under skirts

    • 7 shirts total

      • T-shirts only if they are dressy/plain, dry-fits are great!​​

      • 2 nicer blouses - for Friday Shabbat, feast days/Sunday


  • Men's clothing

    • 1 pair of swim trunks

    • Underwear for 5-6 days

    • 3-5 pairs of socks depending on how much you think you'll wear shoes or sandals

    • 3 pair of lightweight nice pants

    • 2 jacket/sweater/sweatshirt layers (3 for Nov-April); rain is rare from mid-May to the end of September

    • Shorts

      • 1 ​nice pair for hiking

      • 1-2 sporty for running/sleeping--we’ll be camping and bunking guys in relative proximity to girls. Please sleep in more than boxers!

    • 7 shirts total

      • Dry-fits are great!

      • T-shirts only if they are nice/plain and don't have large print. 

      • 3-4 lightweight nice shirts (polos, button ups), at least 2 of them white for serving Mass and for Friday night Shabbat.

        • For fall 4-months, guys bring at least 5 collared shirts. 

  • Bring if you have them

    • Head lamp/small flashlight

    • Plug converter: you can borrow one here, but you might want it for airports. 


  • NOT to bring

    • ​Large bottles of shampoo, lotion, etc.

    • Laptop (please ask first, ok to bring for immersion and internship)

    • Camera (please volunteer to bring a camera if you have a good one and some experience) - A few of us will take photos for everyone.

    • Hair Dryer/appliances

    • Low-cut collars, tank-tops

    • Lots of make-up

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