INDONESIA CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
MASTER PACKING LIST
(Please defer to this one in case of discrepancies)
Selamat Datang Dragons!
It’s about time to start that first round of packing. This is when it all starts to feel real! It is less stressful when you consider that there is no “one way” to pack, just as there is no one way to travel. The three of us all have different styles of packing. You know yourself what will make you happiest.
The mantra for our trip is “travel light.” It’s not going to be the “stuff” that makes your trip. In fact, it is very freeing to travel without so much stuff. The culture on our trip will not be one of fashion-sense. We’ll be wearing our clothes repeatedly (and learn how to wash along the way).
THINK LIGHT! You will have to put whatever you bring onto the tops of buses and into the backs of trucks, and you may have to carry your bag for long distances. The lighter you pack, the happier you (and the rest of the group) will be! Pack your bag and then walk around the block three times. Seriously, ask yourself, “can I walk two hours with this on my back in 90 degree weather with 100 percent humidity?” If the honest answer is “no”, then open it up and decide what isn’t necessary. When you’re hiking through the jungle or weaving your way through a crowded port, you’ll be so happy you took our advice.
Students who arrive at the airport drastically over-packed will be asked to send extra items home at their own expense. We will be taking flights with weight restrictions. Most flights allow only 15kg (33lbs) of checked luggage per person, others restrict it to 10kg (22lbs). And although there will be many opportunities to do your laundry by hand, you’ll be happiest with light, wrinkle-free, quick-dry clothing that doesn’t easily show dirt.
It is very important that you can fit all of your belongings into one backpack (and a day pack) that you are comfortable carrying on your own! Note: you will not have to fit your daypack into your backpack. When we are carrying all of our things, your backpack will be on your back, your daypack on your front. Additionally, you will be asked to help carry separate group gear bags in partners with your free hands. We will become adept at hauling our world!
GEAR – The most important point here is that you should be comfortable with your gear. Be sure you know how to pack and adjust your backpack, and that you can carry it comfortably when it is full. We have made suggestions of possible companies that make certain items on this list; however, the same product is almost always made by other non-brand-name brands. Comfort is key!
Each participant will get a phone call from one of the instructors over the next couple weeks, to answer any questions you have about the trip, and about packing. If you’d like to ask it sooner, just post a public yak with your question. Below is the GO-TO packing list. There is another general list for Indonesia trips that was mailed to you. It’s close, but if there are discrepancies USE THIS ONE.
- PASSPORT COPIES: Scan your passport–the main passport page (with your photo) and print three hard copies: Two to carry with you to Indonesia, and a third to leave at home with your guardians. Pro tip: Email yourself and your guardians a copy of the scans so that you can access them online if necessary.
- A BACKPACK around 45 liters is the best – Just remember that you will be carrying it, and the smaller it is the better. Your shoes (and everything else) need to be able to be packed inside your pack, nothing tied on to the outside.
- A BACKPACKCOVER: Waterproof slip to fit over your backpack is important. HEFTY trash bags (to layer both the inside and outside of your bag) can work equally well.
- Small, light DAY PACK with straps (15-20 liters). This must be well-made as it will be used daily and may be weighted down with books or gear and water for day hikes. It’s nice if it has a small hip belt to provide a bit of support despite its lightweight material and small packing size.
- A COMPRESSION SACK (stuff sack) for your clothes to pack down small, re-sealable quart-size ZIPLOCK BAGS to keep liquids separate from other items to prevent leaks and get through airport security. Having your things in stuff sacks or smaller bags within your giant pack will make packing, un-packing, and re-packing a lot easier as well as keep your valuables safe from water and rain.
- A small DRY BAG. This will come in handy for our water time when you want to keep valuables dry.
- TWO REUSEABLE WATER BOTTLES about 1 liter each (like Nalgenes) – some students recommend one regular water bottle and one pouch-style water bottle that rolls up to save on space and weight. Regardless, make sure the cap-style you choose is not prone to leaking. A pro tip is to wrap some duct tape a few times around the middle section of one of your water bottles for later use. Duct tape is handy in a number of scenarios, and it feels great to be prepared for whatever you encounter: a small tear in your bag, a broken flip-flop, etc!
- MOSQUITO NET (only bring one that you have opened and tested). This is an important piece of safety equipment. Even if you are taking anti-malaria medication, it’s not 100% effective and there are still some nasty viruses (namely dengue fever) that we can contract from mosquitoes, not to mention they can make for an annoying night’s sleep! We want to develop safe mosquito practices early on so we all stay healthy. Most likely you will use your net over your homestay beds in Jogja, Langa, and Sampela. One of the most important aspects of a mosquito net is that it doesn’t touch your skin while you’re sleeping, and that it fits all the way around your sleeping space. It’s possible your homestay bed will be a wider mattress, and you want to make sure your net fits all the way around the bed, so we recommend a double-sized model. One version we recommend is the Sea to Summit Pyramid Double. This hangs from a central point on the ceiling and can easily tie to a light fixture, a beam, etc. If you are a large person or a rowdy sleeper you might consider a four-cornered version like the Mombasa Outback Double. Even if there are not hooks on the walls around you, this version is light enough to attach with tape, and doesn’t crowd your sleeping space.
- Small bottle/tube of MOSQUITO REPELLENT (1-3 oz bottle stored in a Ziploc bag) It is easy to get more in Indonesia. Some choose natural ingredients, while others feel they aren’t as effective. If you choose to bring DEET, you do not need more than 30% strength. Anything over that is redundant in terms of protection. DEET is a chemical, so one must wash their hands with soap and water after each application to ensure it does not get ingested or near the eyes. Note: The best deterrent is staying covered by wearing long sleeves and pants.
- Small, lightweight HEADLAMP and extra batteries in a Ziploc bag (or even better, a rechargeable model!). It is great to have a headlamp that has a locking function so that it doesn’t accidentally turn on and run itself out in your pack. Pro tip: Headlamps with a red light option (instead of just white) help reduce bugs at night.
- Waterproof WATCH w/ an alarm. Practice setting alarm before the trip to become familiar with your gear.
- A diary or JOURNAL (or two — many students end up writing more than expected) and pens (that won’t leak/explode in warm weather).
- SUNGLASSES (Look for sunglasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light) with attached cord is helpful to prevent them falling and getting lost during activities.
- SUNSCREEN, 45+, water-proof/sweat-proof, in a Ziploc bag to protect from explosions. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to bring enough of your preferred brand for the whole trip.
- CORAL REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN – You will need this whenever we are entering the water near a coral reef – we will ask that you not use regular sunscreen at these times, as it is toxic to the corals. Research or read reviews to ensure the brand you choose is actually Reef Safe. Previous students have had great luck with ThinkSport, Alba, and Badger brands.
- CHAPSTICK with sunscreen.
- GLASSES or CONTACTS and contact solution stored in a Ziploc bag. If you wear contacts make sure you have enough for the entire trip (+ an extra case, a small travel mirror, and enough solution too!), or if you wear glasses primarily bring a backup pair.
- Small travel size SHAMPOO that will last about one week. You can easily buy more when you run out. Some use Lush bar shampoo which lasts forever, but can be messy to travel with as it takes awhile to dry out after each use. Your choice. Please note: it is possible to buy a variety of toiletries in Indonesia but maybe not the exact thing you have at home.
- Travel size SOAP (or 2). Liquid or bar form, your preference. Bronners makes versatile biodegradable soap that can be used to wash yourself, your hair, and your clothes. Most of the time, our bath water goes straight into streams and oceans. Keep it in a Ziploc bag or container. We suggest enough Biodegradable soap/shampoo to last about 3 weeks, we will use this whenever bathing directly in a river or over the ocean to minimize our impact. Many students prefer CampSuds or Sea-to-Summit soap.
- TOOTHBRUSH, small tube of TOOTHPASTE, and mini DENTAL FLOSS. These are also available in Indonesia. There’s no need to bring a tube larger than 1 ounce. Any more takes up unnecessary weight and space.
- Small lightweight HAIRBRUSH or COMB & any necessary hair elastics, headbands or pins
- TAMPONS are hard to find in Indonesia. If you use these please bring a good supply with you. Pads are available in cities, but we recommend that you bring your own starting supply. Pro tip: Look into a menstrual cup e.g. Diva Cup/Moon Cup, as these can be great alternatives and reduce waste as well, which can be awkward to get rid of in a homestay setting. We highly recommend the Diva cup (but you must be comfortable using it prior to the trip). Don’t be shy to ask instructors about them!
- If you shave, a RAZOR that you like and a few extra blades safely stored. Small bottle or tube of shaving cream in a Ziploc bag. If you have facial hair, it’s appropriate to keep it well trimmed. A clean-shaven face is the cultural norm. On appearance and hygiene: While Dragons supports personal choices about appearance that don’t coincide with social paradigms in the US, it is HIGHLY encouraged to adhere to local cultural norms in order to have the best chance of deep and mutual relationships in a short time-frame based on respect. Most women in Indonesia don’t shave their legs or armpits, so you don’t need to of you don’t want to, but almost all men keep cleanly-shaven faces.
- One travel size DEODORANT that you prefer. Many types can be purchased in Indonesia. While wearing deodorant is a personal choice, bathing, hygiene, and cleanliness during homestays is not. Most Indonesians take a bucket bath 3 times a day. We will learn how! If you are particular about your deodorant, than bring more, as the varieties in Indonesia (roll-on liquid) are different from those found in the US.
- SMALL kit of NECESSARY MEDICATIONS, prescription or over the counter, with instructions on its use and dosage (by your doctor if by prescription) bring a full three month supply of any prescription meds. Clear and correct labeling of bottles with prescriptions is important for proper identification when screened at airports during travel. The Instructor Team will carry a comprehensive medical kit with first aid supplies, over the counter medications, and broad spectrum antibiotics, but it’s nice if everyone carries a small personal supply of basic med items such as band aids, alcohol wipes, pepto-bismol, paracetamol/acetaminophen/Tylenol for pain relief and to reduce swelling (better than Ibuprofen or Advil, which have blood-thinning properties and are best avoided in Dengue or Malaria-prone areas), anti-nausea tablets for windy roads if you get carsick (non-drowsy!). You can also consider bringing probiotics, which are not available in Indonesia, to promote a happy GI tract, and Pepto-Bismol or a generic. If you are visiting a travel doctor before you leave, consider asking for ciprofloxacin (commonly referred to as cipro) for intense diarrhea, and azithromycin (commonly referred to as a Z-pack) for bronchial infections (and sinus, and diarrhea). Bringing these antibiotics is not required, as we can easily buy them in country, but some students like to have them for future travels. Pro-tip: request for the pharmacy to put your pills in the tiniest bottle possible to not waste space. Keep the cipro and z-pack in tiny bottles because they are the most important while other meds can just be in their individually labeled packets, torn apart so you bring only the amount you need. You should be able to fit your entire personal med kit in a sandwich bag.
- Bring a 7 DAY PILL CASE/ORGANIZER if you have any daily prescription meds including any anti-malarial meds. This is the kind that has 7 compartments labeled Su M T W Th F Sa.
- EARPLUGS (2-3 pair of the cheap foam ones are fine) Some of the places that we stay can be quite noisy. Having the ability to zone out when needed regardless of the environment is a great way to stay healthy in body and spirit. They’re also great for air travel. Some instructors also bring a sleeping mask to ensure peaceful rest.
- ELECTROLYTE PACKETS Bring a personal supply of Emergen-C, Airborne or alternative electrolyte packets. These will be important to replenish our bodies in the heat and humidity of Indonesia and fend off sickness.
- SNORKEL & MASK. While it is imperative that you bring a snorkel and mask set, it is not critical to buy the nicest set in the world. You can sometimes even find masks/snorkels at thrift stores. We wouldn’t recommend bringing a “top line” mask because it will get beat-up in your pack and we only snorkel for a portion of the program.
- DICTIONARY We strongly recommend the Indonesian-English pocket dictionary by Tuttle…it’s great! It can be hard to find in stores, but you can order straight from the publisher below, or when necessary, on Amazon. You won’t regret having one of these in your home-stay when you’re trying to make conversation. Trust us, make the $15 investment! http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/books-by-country/tuttle-concise-indonesian-dictionary
- GIFTS FOR 3 HOMESTAYS – look out for a Yak post on this coming soon!
- SPENDING MONEY & ATM CARD Whatever you will need for souvenirs, snacks, laundry, post cards, & postage. We recommend ~$200 (separate from the $200 for the visa run), many people spend less. Students can use the ATM or currency exchange upon arrival in Indonesia to access local currency. An ATM card is great to have as an emergency backup, just make sure you tell your bank you’re traveling to Indonesia and make sure you know the pin. Pro-tip: Always having $20 US dollars in a hidden part of your moneybelt is a smart practice.
- WATER SHOES: We need to make sure to protect our feet from the sharp coral when we’re snorkeling. Most of us have found that wearing our strappy/sports sandals when swimming accomplishes this well, but it is optional to bring separate water shoes or neoprene socks if you’re more comfortable in those. Be prepared to have foot protection on at all times, so whatever you will actually wear on the beach and in the water.
- A LIGHTWEIGHT QUICK-DRY TOWEL – When you arrive, there will be opportunities to buy the traditional sarongs that are used by most people in Indonesia. Some instructors don’t bring a towel at all, but use a quick-dry piece of clothing in their wardrobe to dry off in order to not carry more than necessary. Do what will make you comfortable.
- SLEEPING BAG LINER or sleeping sheet – should be silk or cotton and lightweight. Most students find they only use theirs a handful of times, but they can be nice to have on cold plane rides, etc. It’s up to you. NO sleeping bag is necessary on this course! Some students prefer to buy a cheap sarong in Jogja and use that.
- Small ALBUM of pictures of family and friends including pictures of your house and school. Pictures are great for starting conversations, using in English lessons, or just to ward off homesickness. Consider bringing extra copies to give away as gifts to homestays. Avoid pictures showing immodest clothing such as short skirts/shorts or bikinis as they are not culturally appropriate.
- CAMERA and memory cards. Bring some extra heavy-duty Ziploc bags as they pack easily and can keep your camera and other valuables dry in a pinch. Some instructors and students choose to go camera-free to better live in the moment and prioritize relationship-building and experiencing moments over ‘capturing’ them. Others love to be the group photographer and feel the camera is a part of their artistic expression. An awesome choice is to bring a Polaroid to be able to give away photos to those you create relations with. Students often set up a photo-share post-trip so that everyone has mementos, regardless of their tech choices on program. You choose what feels best for you. We will cover how to respectfully and safely carry and use cameras once in-country.
- SLEEPING PAD This comes in handy when we camp on the beach, but besides that, most students find they rarely use their pads on this course. But sometimes, especially if a homestay family only has a thin bamboo mat as a “mattress” they can make your stay more comfortable. It’s up to you, but if you do choose to bring one we recommend a compact version that can fit inside your pack for flying. It’s also perfectly fine to opt to be uncomfortable for those 3 nights in lieu of lugging around the bulk: again, your choice.
- A small and lightweight lantern/solar lamp — these can be nice during power outages.
- SMALL TRAVEL HAMMOCK can be a fun thing to have along to lounge in, but don’t expect to be able to sleep in it regularly. This is important! Many students expect to sleep in their hammocks, and this is not a reality. Many students who have brought hammocks in the past have not ended up using them and note that they wish they didn’t bring it. Your homestay families will have dedicated a bed to you, and you will be expected to sleep there. If you choose to bring a hammock for lounging, make sure you have straps to hang it with.
- Bring a travel-sized INSTRUMENT if you play one: harmonica, travel guitar, mandolin, ukulele, mouth harp, etc. yes please, everyone loves music! It’s a great way to make friends with everyone quickly. You can also find some fun instruments in Jogja. For example, they have these mini travel guitars called “guitarlele”!
- GAMES, or something to do as a group- you will have many moments together as a group, it is nice to have games (ideas are cards, Uno, Set, Bang, banana grams, dice).
- Travel-sized HAND SANITIZER. Though nothing beats good old soap and water to get rid of germs, when in a pinch, hand sanitizer can be useful. Hand Sanitizer is also available across Indonesia.
- LEATHERMAN MULTITOOL or POCKET KNIFE. This can be handy for cutting up fruit, etc, the trick is to remember to keep it in your checked baggage during our frequent flying.
- SECURITY WALLET/MONEYBELT: Instructors will collect and carry student passports, but some students still prefer to carry their money/valuables in a moneybelt. This is not required, so do what makes you most comfortable. If you choose to bring one, look for cloth options over nylon because they are cooler against the skin in humid weather. Alternatively, you could choose to bring a small soft COIN PURSE that is comfortable to wear in the bra – a sure way to not lose your valuables – or a hidden POUCH that is comfortable to wear against your body (as a necklace under your shirt or belt under your pants). Eagle Creek makes many. This is where you should have your student ID, emergency info card, cash, atm card, and photocopy of your passport. This should be comfortable, incognito, and accessible enough to use on a daily basis.
- Small CARABINERS to clip items like water bottles to your backpack so they don’t fall out.
- Extra hair ties — useful and can be given as gifts
- Friendship bracelet string — fun for making homestay gifts
- Small inflatable pillow — can be nice for napping on buses or in airports
- MALARIA PROTECTION Dragons does not issue a formal opinion on whether or not students should take Malaria prophylaxis, this decision is between you, your guardian, and your doctor. Like we mentioned before, the nastiest mosquito-borne illness dengue fever, cannot be prevented against by medication, so safe mosquito practices are important regardless of whether you choose to take malaria medication. If you do choose to take prophylaxis, please consult with your doctor about when to begin taking the medication, cycles, dosage, and any other pertinent information. Pro tip: You can access massive discounts via the website goodrx.com
- We frequently eat on-the-go. If you like drinking with a straw, consider bringing a REUSABLE STRAW. Students have also appreciated traveling with a reusable SPORK when we are eating a quick meal with limited access to utensils.
When it comes to clothing, keep it simple! You don’t need a lot, and if you find you’re lacking something, inexpensive clothing in Indonesia is abundant. Many students buy cheap batik shirts, pants, and dresses during our first homestay in Jogjakarta. Please make sure that any clothing you bring is CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE. Anything above the knee, or that exposes your shoulders, or that is low cut, or at all see-through is not acceptable, regardless of gender. As a good rule of thumb, if you’re questioning whether a piece of clothing is appropriate, it probably isn’t.
Sleeveless shirts are not appropriate for anyone. It can sometimes be frustrating to try and find clothes that meet the specifications below in the US, but you’ll be very happy you followed them. Please don’t bring shorts that go above the knees, or any tight leggings (except for sleeping in your long underwear if that’s your preference). Though some women wear shorts in urban Java, they’ll attract unwanted attention, so it is important you have capris/pants/longer skirts that you’re comfortable if you are female.
If you bring yoga pants, please bring the loose-fitting kind; no leggings/jeggings or tight fitting clothing. When it comes to shirts, no deep V-necks or loose-hanging, wide cut necklines. The styles in the US right now can be too low and often clothing will stretch out from frequent washing and humidity, meaning the neckline gets even lower which is not appropriate. Make sure that bras do not show through shirts (transparency can be an issue with lightweight fabrics), that your shirt is long enough to cover your midriff, and that bras also aren’t revealed through the armhole. Students who arrive without culturally sensitive clothing will be asked to buy additional clothes at their own cost.
Indonesia is largely hot and humid. In general, you want lightweight, wrinkle-free, breathable, quick-dry, sun-protective fabrics that are not too dark (attracts sun and mosquitoes), not too light (shows dirt easily and may be more see-through), and very modest. This is the goal, do the best you can…
- One pair of walking OR hiking SHOES (you don’t need both). The best option is a light, low top, hiking or running shoe that can double as a street shoe. (These must be able to fit inside your pack). You do not need high top hiking boots. Make sure you wear them in BEFORE the trip so they shape to your foot. Trying out new shoes on a course is a sure way to get nasty blisters.
- One pair of walking SANDALS like Jambu, Chacos, Tevas, Keens, etc. (again, these should fit inside your pack). Please note: people either love or hate sandals like these. They are great all-around footwear providing protection and comfort. If you love them, awesome! If you do not want sport sandals you can use almost any other comfortable sandal, as long as you can walk long distances in them and they don’t give you blisters. They should have buckles and straps (preferably with a back strap across your heel). There is no need to spend a lot of $$ if you don’t think you will wear them. Same thing though, please wear them around prior to the course to make sure they feel good.
- A pair of inexpensive FLIP FLOPS is convenient and appropriate for homestays and time in rural communities, but they are not appropriate for trekking/wilderness exploration, NGO visits or travel days. You can easily buy these in country.
- HAT that blocks the sun (one that you’ll actually wear on course). Sometimes students show up with safari-style hats they don’t end up wearing because they feel silly. A hat you don’t wear will not protect you from sunburn, so bring one you like. Many instructors prefer baseball hats, but any style is fine.
- Lightweight RAIN JACKET breathable material that packs down small, or a plastic poncho that you can drape over yourself and your bag. Plastic ponchos are widely available in Indonesia and are inexpensive.
- Three to four presentable/polite T-SHIRTS. Keep in mind you will receive a Dragon’s t-shirt that can count as one of these, and more shirts can be purchased inexpensively along the way if necessary. Lightweight breathable wicking shirts (can be found at REI, but also at athletic wear shops and Uniqlo and Old Navy) help dry sweat and dry more quickly when we are hand-washing on the road, but cotton is often most comfortable. It’s important that these are NOT low-cut, and that bras are never visible. Many styles of v-neck or scoop t-shirts currently available in the US are not appropriate in Indonesia. Tank tops are never appropriate. Make sure that at least 1 of your four shirts (including the Dragons T) can be used for: hiking, everyday wear, mosquito protection, sleeping.
- One COLLARED button-down SHIRT OR BLOUSE. This can be short-sleeved if you prefer as it will be hot, but it is important to have one item to “dress up” in. Bring light colors, but try to avoid white entirely as it easily gets dirty. Make sure none of your clothing is see-through. This is part of your “nice outfit” to wear to NGO meetings and religious services/ceremonies with your homestay families.
- One pair of LONG NICE PANTS (lightweight like Dockers) and/or LONG SKIRT (must reach to the ankles but not drag on the ground) for more conservative or formal situations. It should not be possible to see underclothing through any of your items. This is part of your “nice outfit” to wear to NGO meetings and to religious services/ceremonies with your homestay families. It is nice to feel “presentable” amongst locals and not out of place with only trekking gear.
- One or two pairs of lightweight QUICK-DRY PANTS. Note: these do not have to be expensive zip-offs (which are good but sometimes pricey), just make sure the pants are comfortable and can dry out quickly. These are great for hiking. They must be full length to tuck into socks for leech protection in the jungle.
- One to two pairs of LONG SHORTS or capris. One should be lightweight and dedicated for sleeping in while at home-stays and villages. The other could be for street and all-around wear. Remember these MUST go to your knee! Most students spend the majority of their time in their shorts and long skirts/dresses, so make sure you bring ones that are comfortable, a lot of students (male and female) are fans of loose lightweight basketball style shorts.
- One modest swim outfit: a RASH GUARD or QUICK DRY T-SHIRT AND a pair of BOARD SHORTS (to the knee) for swimming. Remember, Indonesia is a Muslim country and modesty is valued. Also, long sleeves and long shorts provide much needed sun protection. Your skin will thank you! Yet, it can be hard to find board shorts to the appropriate length, so it’s okay to get creative: many students swim in their quick-dry hiking capris, some choose to bring long basketball-style shorts, and Indonesians swim in their clothes. Choose the modest option that is most comfortable to you. Some students choose to bring a bikini to wear underneath their Indonesian “swim suit,” a sports bra works just as well. We ask that all students wear a shirt (preferably a rash guard) while swimming, and it is best to find one that fits well, as loose shirt can cause chafing.
- WARM LAYERS: Even though most of Indonesia is hot and humid, we will be spending time in some colder regions too. Be sure to bring one WARM FLEECE PULLOVER or JACKET that packs down relatively small (an ultra-light down jacket is a great answer) and a WARM HAT – you’ll be happy to have them for our home-stay in Langa, mountain hikes, and transportation days.
- 6 to 8 changes of comfortable UNDERWEAR (should not be visible in any cases). Cotton is more breathable than synthetic material and thus helps prevent rashes in the humid environment. High-tech quick dry underwear would also be acceptable.
- 1-2 SPORTS BRAS and 1-2 regular BRAS (if applicable). Should not be visible through clothing. Some people will prefer to only have sports bras, in that case, bring 3-4. Bras are not optional for cultural reasons for female students.
- SOCKS: 1-3 pairs. One of these should be hiking socks. These can be ankle socks, tall enough to not slide down when hiking, but don’t need to be the full-on long hiking socks. Longer hiking socks can be helpful if X-Phase takes us somewhere with leeches. Outside of hiking, most students choose to wear sandals, and prefer to bring only a pair or two.
You can buy a lot of weather-appropriate, inexpensive, and modest clothing once you arrive in Indonesia. So, if you’re deciding between bringing two shirts or four, bring fewer and see how you go. However, for items like water bottles and headlamps we definitely recommend buying those in the US, where there is higher quality and more choice.
ALL STUDENTS – DO NOT BRING:
- Your cell phone. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CELLPHONE.
- More than 2 books (if everyone brings 2, we will have many to share); Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Glowlight are acceptable, though they are a risk for damage and theft. Tablet/internet capable eReaders are not allowed. We also have a mini-library in Jogja.
- Any sort of electronic entertainment (Beyond what is specified in our electronics policy – Yak to come!)
- Swimsuits or bikinis (unless to wear under your Indonesian “swim suit”). For a swimsuit you will always wear your board shorts (or capris) and the rash guard that you bring. It is never appropriate to wear a western swimsuit or bikini, so make sure you’re comfortable in these clothes, and have an extra sports bra (if applicable) to wear swimming.
- Shorts that end above the knee, if we see you wearing them, we’ll ask you to change. Same goes for tank tops on either male or female students.
- Low-cut shirts or tight fitting clothes; not culturally appropriate.
- Low-riding pants that show boxers; not culturally appropriate.
- Full size cotton towels; they are too heavy and bulky, they won’t dry well and will end up moldy.
- More than one pair of shoes, one pair of sturdy sandals, water shoes (if not sandals), one pair of flip-flops. Please remember that your shoes must fit inside your backpack.
- Jeans—heavy and will not have time to dry in the rainy season; will get moldy
- Anything made of leather that you don’t want ruined; also gets moldy
- Ratty, smelly, torn up shoes or flip-flops. The state of your clothing and shoes often determines how polite or respectful you are.
- Items that have large monetary or sentimental value/Anything you don’t want ruined or lost.
We hope this is helpful. Please post packing-related questions to the Yak Board, and we’ll answer them as quickly as possible!
Your I-team (instructor team),
Colin, Hannah, and Rita