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Packing List

Keep in mind Thailand will be warm and humid in June & July so pack accordingly!
*To respect the cultural norms of Thailand, it is important that students have conservative attire- knee length shorts, shoulders covered*

Long Underwear / Base Layer Top

Synthetic, non-cotton, light-weight long sleeve top

Qty: 1
Patagonia Capilene Crew or Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody


Minimum of 2 synthetic, non-cotton t-shirts, other shirts may be cotton & okay to get dirty

Qty: 5
Patagonia Capilene T-Shirt, Marmot Windridge

Lightweight Top

Synthetic, non-cotton. This can be a fleece pullover, sweater or a full-zip jacket

Qty: 1
Patagonia R1 fleece

Rain Jacket w/ Hood

100% waterproof rain jacket with a hood - no ponchos!

Qty: 1
Patagonia Torrentshell or Marmot Precip

Long Sleeve Rash Guard

For sun protection and comfort in the water

Qty: 1
Patagonia Long Sleeved Rashguard

Sports Bra

For girls

Qty: 3-4

Required Clothing Items
NOTE: You can expect to get your clothes dirty during your community service section, so keep that in mind when choosing specific clothing and footwear items.

Long Pants

Synthetic, non-cotton hiking pants. We recommend pants with Insect Shield or another insect repellent pretreated. NO LEGGINGS - pants need to be loose/flowy to be culturally appropriate

Qty: 1
ExOfficio Bugsaway

Quick-Dry Shorts

Synthetic, non-cotton shorts

Qty: 4
Patagonia Baggies


Synthetic, non-cotton are best (but a few pair of cotton are okay)

Qty: 10

Bathing Suit

Boys: your quick-dry shorts can double as your bathing suit

Qty: 2

Required clothing items

Baseball Hat

A Baseball Hat or Wide-Brimmed Sun Hat for Sun Protection

Qty: 1

Warm Hat

Wool or fleece, non-cotton beanie

Qty: 1

Required Gear

Trail / Tennis Shoes

A pair of comfortable, closed-toe sturdy shoes

Qty: 1

River Shoes

These can be open-toed, but do need to have a back strap

Qty: 1
Chaco, Teva, Keen


Non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks (At least 2 pair heavier weight--wool)

Qty: 7 Pair
Smartwool or Darn Tough

Required Shoes
NOTE: You can expect to get your clothes dirty during your community service section, so keep that in mind when choosing specific clothing and footwear items.

Sleeping Bag Liner

Highly recommended. Silk, cotton, or synthetic. Used as a “lightweight sheet” in warm climates in lieu of a sleeping bag. Used when staying in hotels/ hostels as a personal sheet.

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Expander Travel Liner

You will be staying in hostels, so this is for extra comfort

Duffel Bag or Backpack

45-60 liters; MUST be small enough to carry on the plane; needs shoulder traps

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 55 L

Waterproof Backpack Cover

Covers your backpack - heavy duty trash bags work well!

Qty: 1

Day Pack

12-25 liter lightweight, collapsible daypack to carry your rain jacket, water bottle and snacks

Qty: 1
Exped Summit Lite 25L

For carrying all of your gear
Backpacks purchased from Moondance come with a waterproof cover

Personal + Travel Medications

Please bring any personal medications and travel medications as advised by your Physician.

Qty: As needed

Blister Pill Pack or PillBox

The best way to send medication is with PillPacks by Amazon or a Pill Box.

Qty: As needed

Leaders will collect all medications, except inhalers and epi-pens. Other medications should be in a pillbox or PillPack.

Dopp Kit

Contains: toothbrush, toothpaste, travel shampoo & soap, deodorant

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Cube 6L-M

Small First Aid Kit

Contains: Insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, Band-aids, Moleskin, Chapstick w/ sun prevention, Wet Ones wipes, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), personal hand sanitizer.

Qty: 1

Prescription Glasses + Contacts

If your child wears glasses and/or contacts, please bring at least one spare pair of glasses/ lenses. Contact lens wearers should bring a pair of glasses as backup in addition to contacts.

Qty: 2 pair

Required Hygiene Items. *Please keep in mind that you will be carrying all toiletries with you on the plane, so make sure they are travel-sized!

Water Bottles

Minimum 32oz water bottles

Qty: 2
Nalgene 1L wide mouth

Personal Protective Equipment: Mask

(2) reusable, breathable masks that completely cover nose and mouth and fit snuggly; Moondance will not provide masks. To be used where it is required by trip location or outfitter.

Qty: 2
Moondance Buff

Mesh stuff sack

1 extra mesh stuff sack for dirty clothes storage, sleeping bag size

Qty: 1


With fresh batteries + 2 sets of spare batteries

Qty: 1
Black Diamond Spot or Black Diamond Storm


With 100% UV protection

Qty: 1

Sunglasses holders

Qty: 1
Croakies or Chums

Insect Repellent

Qty: 1
50-95% Deet

Required for your trip


Personal wallet with $250 spending money and valid identification

Qty: 1

Bandana / Buff

For additional sun and wind protection. Buffs are tube-like and can be worn up to 12 different ways providing versatile sun protection. Can even be worn as a headband!

Qty: 1

Passport + copies

Passport (valid for 6 months after the last day of your trip) + 2 additional photocopies of your passport

Qty: 1

Pack Towel

Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large is ideal

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Drylite Towel

Additional Required Items

* Digital Camera

With charger + international adapter, and a 32- 64GB memory card

Qty: 1
Cannon Powershot G9 X

Go Pro

With charger and 32-64 GB memory card (Used GoPros available for purchase on Moondance Gear Store)

Qty: 1


Backless, comfortable shoes that can get wet

Qty: 1

Thai/English Dictionary

Helpful tool

Qty: 1

A Good Book

Paperbacks are recommended, less weight to carry!

Qty: 1

Small notebook w/ pen

For journaling

Qty: 1

Not required but highly recommended.
*Since we don’t allow cell phones during the course of our trips, you may not use your phone as a camera. Leaders will take photos that will be shared at the end of the summer.

Packing Tips

In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost in transit, we want you to be prepared. Therefore, wear tennis or hiking shoes on the plane. Plus, pack the following items from this packing list in your daypack / school backpack carry-on:

  • A change of clothes (underwear + t-shirt + shorts or pants)
  • Your rain jacket
  • Prescription medications & toothbrush
  • Passport, ID, money
  • Completed International Travel Authorization form

These items are already included in the packing list – they are not additional items!

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During your trip you will stay in a variety of accommodations: hotels, guesthouses, and community stays (all single gender).


Eating utensils (plates and cutlery) will be provided throughout the trip.

If you have any special dietary restrictions/ considerations, please contact the Moondance office for further information.


Routine Vaccinations

Moondance adheres the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. They state that routine vaccines are those recommended for everyone in the United States, depending on age and vaccine history. Please consult with a physician for specific recommendations based on your health history.

Routine vaccinations related to travel may include the following:

  • COVID-19
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, Rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
  • Shingles (Zoster)


CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Tanzania take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.

Yellow Fever

Required if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥1 year of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YF virus transmission.

Japanese Encephalitis

Recommended for people with underlying health conditions.


The Centers for Disease Control recommends a pre-exposure rabies vaccination before your trip because rabid dogs are commonly found in this country.  There may be limited or no rabies treatment available. We will encounter dogs and wildlife especially as we travel to rural areas.

Check the map tab on this page to view a map of where Moondance groups will be traveling throughout Thailand. Provide this information to your physician of choice (primary care physician, travel clinic, etc.) in order to get the most accurate suggestions for immunizations and vaccinations.

Click here to see what the CDC recommends for travelers in Thailand.


Thailand 1, June 7-27, 2024

Thailand 2, June 29-July 19, 2024

Important Travel Notes:

  • We highly recommend that all students fly on the designated flights above. If you have any questions OR if you are considering another flight path please contact the Moondance Adventures HQ BEFORE purchasing your airfare.
  • We also highly recommend making your flight reservation through our partnered travel agency, Exito. They are familiar with all Moondance flights. Please follow this link to start the booking process.
  • Remember when booking your child’s flight to allow at least a 3-hour layover in any connecting airport to avoid missed connections or baggage delays.
  • Please keep in mind the group flights will begin and end at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or JFK. It is imperative that every student arrives to their gateway city in a timely fashion. If one individual does not arrive in on time to make the group flights, it can delay the entire trip. Leaders are not guaranteed to be on the flight.
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