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Information for Enrolled Students

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*

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

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

Sleeping bag liner

Silk, cotton, or synthetic. Sleeping bag liner/travel sheet isn’t required, but is nice to have

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Expander Travel Liner

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

Tennis Shoes

A pair of comfortable, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty

Qty: 1

River Shoes

Lightweight shoes that can be worn on travel days, temple days, etc.

Qty: 1
Chacos, Tevas, flip flops or Crocs


3-4 pairs of regular, non-cotton wicking socks; 2 (two) pairs of non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks

Qty: 5
Smartwool or Darn Tough

Required Shoes

Long Underwear/Base Layer Top

Light-weight long sleeve (polypropylene or Capilene, NO COTTON); We recommend at least one top be pretreated with insect repellent or Insect Shield.

Qty: 1
Patagonia Capilene Crew


Minimum of 2 synthetic non-cotton t-shirts; others may be cotton

Qty: 6
Patagonia Capilene T-Shirt

Lightweight Top

Synthetic, non-cotton. Sun Hoodie recommended

Qty: 1
Patagonia Capilene® Cool Daily Hoody

Rain Jacket with hood

Must be waterproof, not water resistant. 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: 4

Required clothing 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 hat for sun protection

Qty: 1

Required additional items

Dopp Kit*

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

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Cube 6L – M

COVID-19 Vaccination Card + Copies

Valid COVID-19 vaccination card + 2 additional photocopies of your vaccination card

Qty: 2

First Aid Kit*

Contains: reef safe waterproof sunscreen (Kokua, Thinksport, Stream2Sea), Band-aids, Chapstick w/ SPF, Wet Ones wipes, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), Pepto Bismol, Imodium, 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 (3.4 oz or less)!


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
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Mask (2)
  • Completed International Travel Authorization form

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



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.


Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Fiji.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Fiji. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Fiji.

Malaria Medication

CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Kenya 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.

Japanese Encephalitis

Recommended for people with underlying health conditions.


Iceland is free of dog rabies. However, rabies may still be present in wildlife species, particularly bats. CDC recommends rabies vaccination before travel only for people working directly with wildlife.

Routine Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include:
Chickenpox (Varicella)
Flu (influenza)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)


Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

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.

Click here 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 8-28, 2023

  • ATL (Atlanta)
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023
  • Before 9:30 AM
  • ATL (Atlanta)
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2023
  • After 1:10 PM

Inbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Thursday, June 8, 2023Delta 7850/Korean Air 36ATL (Atlanta)12:30 PMICN (Seoul)4:20 pm (6/09)
Friday, June 9, 2023Delta 7917/Korean Air 659ICN (Seoul)7:45 AMBKK (Bangkok)11:50 pm (7/09)

Outbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Tuesday, June 27, 2023Delta 7854/Korean Air 652BKK (Bangkok)11:30 PMICN (Seoul)6:55 am (6/28)
Wednesday, June 28, 2023Delta 7851/Korean Air 35ICN (Seoul)9:20 AMATL (Atlanta)10:10 am (6/28)

Thailand 2, June 29-July 19, 2023

  • ATL (Atlanta)
  • Thursday, June 29, 2023
  • Before 9:30 AM
  • ATL (Atlanta)
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023
  • After 1:10 PM

Inbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Thursday, June 29, 2023Delta 7850/Korean Air 36ATL (Atlanta)12:30 PMICN (Seoul)4:20 pm (6/30)
Friday, June 30, 2023Delta 7917/Korean Air 659ICN (Seoul)7:45 PMBKK (Bangkok)11:50 pm (6/30)

Outbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Tuesday, July 18, 2023Delta 7854 / Korean Air 652BKK (Bangkok)11:30 PMICN (Seoul)6:55 am (7/19)
Wednesday, July 19, 2023Delta 7851/Korean Air 35ICN (Seoul)9:20 AMATL (Atlanta)10:10 am (7/19)

Important Travel Notes:

We highly recommend that all students fly on the same flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Bangkok (BKK)

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 flight will begin and end at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The group will meet in Atlanta and fly as a group to Bangkok, Thailand. Because the group flies together, it is imperative that every student arrives in Atlanta in a timely fashion. If one individual does not arrive in Atlanta on time to make the group flight, it can delay the entire trip.