5 Top Tips for packing

Volunteering & Travel Advice / 22 January 2014 5 Top Tips for packing

Whether you are packing for a holiday, volunteer placement or the start of a longer trip around the world, here are Pod's recommendations of things you can't leave home without!


1. Travel Towel

When packing for your travels a travel towel is a must. It is a quick drying, space saving item which can easily double as a blanket on an over air-conditioned buses and trains!


2. Additional memory card

It is a common error to underestimate the number of photos you will take. Photos are a great way of capturing memories which you can share with friends and family when you are back home.

You might take a lot of photos!


3. International plug adapter

This will save you having to work out if you have packed the right adapter for your destination. Another great benfit of this is that you will be able to charge your phone when you are on a stop over on a long haul flight! If you're heading somewhere more intrepid, why not consider a portable charging kit!

Essential item for all volunteer trips


4. Small luxury from home

Travel often has its highs and lows and so it’s nice to have a small luxury to pick you up when you're feeling down. This item will be completely personal to you, but I have never travelled without several packets of soft mints! These are great when I feel home sick, travel sick or when I just want a little personal reward.

Wearing something that reminds you of a friend or family member


5. A large scarf or sarong

This will come in handy in many situations. It will keep you warm in the airport, keep you modest in a temple, and act as a pillow in an uncomfortable bed.

Scarves are even useful near volcanos

Your specialised project packing list

At Pod Volunteer we provide you with a suggested kit list in our Volunteering Guide which we send to you by email on application. Each packing list is unique to the project you choose to join, your Placement Manager can also give you helpful tips if needed.

Finding the best equipment for your trip

We also work with the wonderful team at Outdoor365 to provide high quality equipment for volunteers - you can get a 10% discount with the code "10OFFPOD". Everything on the list has been selected for its durability, effectiveness and value, so you can be sure you are heading off with quality equipment. Click here to see their kit list.

Plan your next adventure

If you want to take the first step on your next adventure why not check out the projects and destinations that Pod Volunteer has to offer.

Happy packing!



  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal