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Get your feet wet in a new culture and experience.

What to Pack

When planning your wardrobe, consider the weather, clothing care requirements, and the limited luggage space available (some carriers are now charging for more than one bag.) Take as little as possible. Most students regret that they packed too much. You will need to carry your own luggage at airports and on field trips.

Choose clothing that is neat, comfortable, easy to care for, appropriate in your host country, and meets BYU dress standards. You will frequently be traveling on buses or other transport, so choose clothing that does not soil easily and requires little time to maintain cleanliness.

The following is a suggested packing list. However, your director/facilitator may give you more specific suggestions for your destination country.


  • 3–5 pairs of pants
  • 6–8 shirts
  • 1–2 modest, casual skirts
  • 1 nice dress
  • 1 one-piece swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Jacket
  • Toiletries
  • 1–2 pairs of comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable dress shoes


  • 3–5 pairs of pants
  • 6–8 shirts
  • 1 set of nice church clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Jacket
  • Toiletries
  • 1–2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable dress shoes

The following items are not required, but are strongly recommended to make your ISP experience more convenient (and less expensive too!):

  • Laundry bag
  • Towel
  • Batteries
  • Passport holder or money belt
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Umbrella
  • Travel hair dryer and curling iron (it may be more convenient to purchase a hair dryer or curling iron in your host country to avoid converter problems)
  • Electrical outlet converter kit
  • Any medication or prescription you are currently taking
  • Small gifts for host families
  • Small flashlight (pocket size)

Most importantly, take as little as possible!