Packing list

Not sure what to bring? The following is a list of common items that are necessary or that many volunteers have found useful.

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Pack lightly

Most of the time, you will want to be in clothes that you can get dirty. There will be opportunities to do laundry by hand or pay someone to wash your clothes.

Please check for last minute baggage information and TSA requirements at the airline website for baggage limits and size restrictions.​ Most airlines now only allow for one free checked and one free carry-on bag (up to 22 lbs). As much as you are able to carry donations for SOL (volunteer donated school supplies and/or donations in the SOL office) the better. We recommend not bringing jewelry, wedding rings, expensive watches, cell phones, tablets, video cameras, and other electronic devices.

Carry-on suitcase

Carry-on backpack

Check-in suitcase



Each participant must take $10 cash for a tourist visas​ to enter Nicaragua. Participants should also take along US cash, typically around $50-150, for spending money to purchase souvenirs and personal incidentals. SOL staff can help you exchange money to Nicaraguan Cordobas after you arrive.

Take US dollars that are newer “clean bills” that have no markings, rips or blemishes (small bills only 20, 10, 5, 1).


​Passport – must be valid for at least six months after the date of departure.


Easy to rinse fabrics are recommended as they can be washed and dried easily are ideal.

1 long sleeve cotton work shirt, mostly for sun and insect protection

1 long sleeve cotton work shirt, mostly for sun and insect protection










1 jacket, sweater, windbreaker or waterproof jacket or rain poncho (rainy season May – August)

Hat with wide brim or baseball cap