Here is some information and a few basic lists to make packing your suitcases a little easier. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section below if you have any.
Climate: Colombia is a tropical climate but the part of Colombia you are in will affect what you need to pack. Colombia has a rainy season and a dry season, rainy season is usually spring/summer dry season is fall/winter. Usually temperatures are warmer in the dry season and cooler in the rainy season. Bogota is located in the mountains and therefore has a mild climate. In the winter it is in the high 60’s during the day and in the low 40’s at night, during the rainy season it will be cooler, but not much cooler. Villavicencio is located down on the prairie and therefore it is much hotter there. In the winter this it is in the high 80’s during the day and in the low 70’s at night. In the rainy season it’s usually in the 70’s during the day and maybe the 60’s at night with lots of rain.
Because we will be very close to the equator the sun is much hotter than it is here in the northern parts of the U.S. You will want to make sure to wear sunscreen every day so you don’t get burned. The air in Bogota is also very dry. If you are prone to having dry sinuses make sure you pack some saline nasal spray. This will make your trip a little more comfortable.
Accommodations: Most work crews will be staying in church buildings depending on what city we’re working in. In Villavicencio we’ll be staying at the church camp. We are having each person bring a twin air mattress and sheets. You will most likely be sleeping on the floor, although in a few places there are beds. If you have specific questions regarding your particular trip feel free to ask.
Security: Please be sure to check a week before your trip with your particular airline about baggage allowances. Weights and number of bags will vary depending on time of year and air line. Make sure your bags do not weigh more than 50lbs (the airlines are usually pretty strict about this weight limit).
Twin air mattress & bedding
2 large towels & washcloths
Warm weather clothes (90 degrees)
Cool weather clothes (45 degrees)
Work Clothes & Gloves
Work shoes (old tennis shoes will do)
Sandals or flip-flops (if desired)
Change of clothes
Snacks (for flight make sure they’re allowed)
Reading material (it’s a long flight)
Purse or Laptop Bag
Camera and Valuables
Passport & I.D.
Money (cash for airport purchases)
Credit Card (can be used in Colombia, a better option than trying to exchange money)
Make sure you call your credit card company in advance to let them know you are going to be traveling to Colombia so they don’t suspend your account thinking your card has been stolen!
Feel free to take clothing that you can leave in Colombia. There are plenty of opportunities to donate these items to needy people. If you would like to leave your air mattress you can do that as well.
If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below.