Nyah Project
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Packing list

The experiential learning Program is an active program where you will have the opportunity to visit many different regions of the host country. Please note that it will be cold and dry, but also at times very warm during your visit. Pack clothes suitable for this kind of an experience. Comfortable, durable clothes are strongly recommended, and please be aware that traditional attire is more modest and formal than current US attire. Shorts for both men and women must reach below the knee. Clothing should be worn fairly loose and shoulders should be covered.
You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. The most important packing advice is to pack lightly— whether you pack in a duffel bag or a large backpack, you should be able to carry (not roll) your luggage up two flights of stairs and across the length of a football field. The list below should be used as a guide. We recommend that you pack for about a week. Please research the temperature and climate of the your destination country.. Because these can vary from summer to summer, it is important to check current and expected conditions and pack accordingly.

A Note on Dress
Remember, while traveling with The Program you are an ambassador and should dress modestly and appropriately. Some rural areas where the group will be staying are more conservative in the way they dress, and it is important to be respectful and dress accordingly. You will want your clothes to be comfortable, compact, versatile, and quick to dry (since access to an electric dryer will likely be limited). You will not need more than one nice outfit, suitable for a religious ceremony or celebratory dinner. Shoes should be comfortable, broken in, and versatile—bring as few pairs as possible. Finally, if you are going to be in a cooler climate, plan to wear layers for changing temperatures rather than bringing bulky sweaters and jackets.

Prescription Medications
Make sure to keep any medications or vitamins in their original containers, and bring enough for the entire duration of your program. Also, bring a paper copy of your prescription from your doctor in case you lose your medication. Travel with all essential medications in your carry-on luggage. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring a spare pair, as they are often difficult to replace if lost. If you are diabetic and traveling with syringes, be sure to bring a certificate or letter from your doctor.

Other Medications
While you will not need an entire first aid kit, do bring the medication you normally use for minor ailments like body aches, upset stomach, or bug bites. Also bring the toiletries and sanitary items you are used to using. Girls should bring enough feminine hygiene products for the duration of the program. It is often difficult to find the products you are used to while abroad.

Valuables and Electronics
Leave valuables at home. Do not bring laptops, hairdryers, or other expensive or large electronics. If you choose to bring small electronics, remember to bring your own plug adaptor and voltage converter (which can be obtained from a travel store) and a back-up supply of batteries. Additional information on the use of electronic internationally is included in this travel guide.

Clothing Recommendations

Please note the recommended packing list below.  Note that recommended items are separated for warm and cool climate programs.

Warm Climate Recommendations

  • 1 lightweight sweater/sweatshirt 
  • 1 light rain jacket
  • 1 lightweight long-sleeve shirt for sun sun protection
  • 3 pairs of shorts—long, knee-length
  • 4–5 t-shirts
  • 1–2 pairs of lightweight pants (lightweight hiking pants are great)
  • 1 set of sleep clothes
  • 10–12 pairs of underwear
  • 3–5 pairs of cotton/normal socks
  • 1 swimsuit— for women, one-piece, with water shorts
  • 1 pair of sandals (e.g., tevas, chacos)
  • 1 pair of running or lightweight walking shoes
  • 1 nice outfit for special occasions. Because of local customs, the following items are recommended for females but not mandatory:  pashmina or shawl.

Cold Climate Recommendations

  • 2-3 lightweight sweater/sweatshirt 
  • 1 waterproof, warm winter jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
  • 1–3 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2–3 pairs of lightweight pants (lightweight hiking pants are great)
  • 1-2 pair of sturdy pants (jeans, dickies, etc.)
  • 1 set of sleep clothes
  • 10–12 pairs of underwear
  • 3–5 pairs of cotton/wool warm socks
  • 1 swimsuit— for women, one-piece, with water shorts
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots (ankle length, with support) 
  • 1 pair of flip-flops (for showers)
  • 1 nice outfit for special occasions. Because of local customs, the following items are recommended for females but not mandatory:  pashmina or shawl.


  • 1 small set of toiletries (travel size only!)
  • 1 small towel—quick drying microfiber towels are great!
  •  sunglasses and hat (either baseball styler or with all-around brim for shade)
  • money belt
  • travel alarm clock/watch—A watch is necessary since you will not be able to use your cell phone as a timekeeping tool
  • small notebook and pens
  • small flashlight with extra batteries
  • camera, charger, and adapters or extra batteries
  • hand sanitizer, insect repellent, baby wipes
  • sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 30)
  • plastic bags—small Ziplocs and a few large garbage size bags (great for wet/dirty clothes or keeping clean clothes dry while traveling)
  • water bottle, ideally one with a built-in carbon filter (please only fill it with bottled water!)
  • backpack for travelling and day trips
  •  International Student Identity Card
  • Any necessary medication, including malaria medication (as prescribed)