12. What should I bring?

This is a suggested packing (guide only)

Most toiletries can be brought cheaply in La Paz as can additional warm clothing if you are travelling to very cold places.

In Bolivia there are often 4 seasons in one day, so it is good to dress in layers.

In Oct – December it can be hot and the rainseason starts. The hot weather and rain lasts til Oct – April. The rains usually peak Jan – March.

From May – September it is very dry and colder during the days (but with bright sunshine that can burn as there is no cloud cover). During this time, especailly June and July the nights are very cold.

We recommend you bring:

  • Eye pads if you do not want to be woken up by the sun.
  • Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
  • Sun hat and sun block – very important – the sun in La Paz is HOT and burns!
  • Moisturizer for lips and skin
  • Wet wipes and tissues, hand sanitizer
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes (trainers)
  • Cotton socks, shorts, trousers t-shirts for volunteer work that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Smarter clothes if you want to experience the vibrant night life in la Paz
  • Long-sleeved shirts and trousers, repellent (helps reduce insect bites if going to tropical areas)
  • Light jersey/fleece for cool nights
  • Torch
  • Money pouch for wearing around waist or around leg
  • Plug adapter. In Bolivia it’s a 2 pin plug – see image below. The voltage is 220.