Packing List for Photo Teams

This lists the most essential items for a 1 to 10 week trip.
All should fit into one carry-on and one check-in bag, and you should be able to carry everything yourself for a few hundred feet.
Ideally, you will have a bit of room to spare in your bags, since we always have to pack some extra materials for research projects.

Bed sheets, pillows and towels are provided, but some suggestions about this are below.

Clothes
[ ] 3 shirts long sleeves
[ ] 3 pants long
[ ] 3 t shirts
[ ] swim clothes
[ ] 5 underwear
[ ] 5 socks
[ ] very light rain jacket
[ ] flipflops / sandals
[ ] strong walking shoes with very sticky soles
[ ] another pair of shoes that can be worn for nice travel and sunday
[ ] cotton neck scarf/hair band – great for keeping cool when soaked with water
[ ] face cloth
[ ] small travel towel
[ ] bag of toiletries / dopp kit

Photography + [non-photo team people: see this for more advice] [ ] camera
[ ] lens(es)
[ ] ipone or back-up camera
[ ] multiple batteries for camera

[ ] at least 32GB of memory cards
[ ] card reader
[ ] external storage drive for transferring image files from camera cards (ideally with LR catalogue)
[ ] backup external storage drive
[ ] computer/ipad (optional) (download and store all essential files on the computer, such as Evernote stuff)
[ ] charging cable/ unit for batteries, phones, camera etc
[ ] spare charging cable/unit for camera batteries
[ ] small power block and/or short extension cord (US plugs, 110-120V are fine in Haiti)
[ ] lens cleaning wipes and cloth
[ ] lens brush-pen
[ ] freezer ziplocs, 5 each of 1g and 2g size
[ ] notebook (s)
[ ] small multi tool (check in if has a blade!)
[ ] small LED flashlight and batteries

Other stuff
[ ] go online and check your itinerary and times.
[ ] check in 24 hours before flight and print or load boarding pass
[ ] passport passport passport! (scan and save online)
[ ] credit card (MC or Visa) and call card company before leaving home to tell them of trip
[ ] cash – small bills less than $20
[ ] blank check(s)
[ ] small photo prints of your friends and family 🙂
[ ] water bottles (at least 2 litre’s worth)
[ ] sunscreen
[ ] mosquito repellant
[ ] spare eye glasses / contact lenses if you wear them
[ ] small medical pouch/kit along with the usual stuff [great idea here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-First-Aid-Kit/ but unless you have EMT certification, skip the suture kit, butadene and alcohol bottle, replace with butterfly bandaids, alcohol wipe and antibiotic ointment packets]:
[ ] special meds if you need them and enough to last the entire trip and then a few more days – also bring a prescription if it is something critical
[ ] eyedrops
[ ] ibuprofen or similar for muscle relief

[ ] small sandwich ziploc of 1-2 cups baking soda (good for everything!)
[ ] small 3oz bottle of apple cider vinegar (ideally organic, good for tummy)
[ ] liquid laundry detergent (dr broner’s liquid castle works for body and clothes washing)
[ ] flushable wet wipes (you won’t flush anything in the toilets, but this kind break down better)
[ ] snacks (not chocolate or anything that melts)

[ ] Sleeping pads
[ ] Sleeping bag liner. Bedsheets are provided, but it is a good idea to bring a thin sleeping bag liner. Silk works best because mosquitoes cannot penetrate the fibre
[ ] gifts: very optional, but something small, light and heat tolerant

Luggage
[ ] check-in
[ ] carryon that will work as a day/short overnight bag, with rain cover of some sort
[ ] optional – very small day bag
[ ] luggage locks (TSA approved)