2017 Brigade to Honduras

The Washington Overseas 2017 Brigades to Honduras will be March 16 to March 25, 2017.  The locations will probably be Victoria in the Yoro department and a location in Cortes to be named later.  The cost for the 2017 trip is approximately $2,000, which includes all transportation, food and lodging (except recreational trip at the end of the brigade), emergency evacuation insurance, and exit fees.   If you are interested in an experience of helping people who are in extreme need, please contact Jan Long at longdtz@centurytel.net or Dr. Jackie Miller at smyldr@yahoo.com.

Personal Packing Checklist for 2017 Brigade Trip to Honduras:

Trunks are not recommended because they have typically been the airline’s choice to hold when there is an overload. You should pack one scrub suit, a set of underwear, toothbrush, personal meds, etc. in your carry-on.  We will have someone to do laundry during your stay.  We suggest that whatever clothing you send out, you would not mind losing as items do not always return.  At the end of the trip group members often leave for others their personal clothing worn in the villages. ALL clothing should have your name with permanent marker.

    • Passport (preferably always in neck pouch, or money belt)
    • Credit card
    • Money-U.S.
    • Fannie pack, waist pack or camera vest (for money, passport, personal items)
    • Personal medicines including Chloraquin for two weeks if needed
    • Back pack or day pack or small carry-on for use on possible village overnights
    • Scrubs (3 sets) (Medical/Dental teams)
    • Toiletries (with only the essential, scentless toiletry items best)
    • Feminine Hygiene needs (not easy to find in the country)
    • Toilet paper (one roll should do)
    • Towels (lightweight-good to have two, old or cheap ones dry faster), washcloths
    • Slacks or skirts (one pair-usually for travel to and from home in winter)
    • Shorts- (walking short length to wear unless at resort, gym shorts for going to and from shower or around the group)
    • T-shirts, blouses (at least 5)
    • Underwear (5 days worth should be sufficient), socks
    • Nice outfit for wear in case of group event during rural stay or for the resort
    • Paper-towelettes (wipes)-handy for use in water shortages
    • Small packets of tissues (to keep in fanny pack in case of T.P. absence)
    • Suntan lotion (a must)
    • Glasses (bring your spare pair)
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat or ball cap (for sunburn prevention)
    • Headband or handkerchief
    • Chap Stick
    • Water bottle or canteen-optional. Can purchase bottles of purified water in country and reuse. Flavor packets to add when you are tired of warm water.
    • Water filter, optional.
    • Travel mirror
    • Plastic bags (Wal-Mart style)- they come in handy and can share for trash containers throughout the trip.
    • Insect repellent a must. No aerosol cans due to airline regulations. Citronella candles might be helpful.
    • Camera, extra memory, batteries.
    • Flashlight, extra batteries, (flashlight that lights an area is nice)
    • Pocket knife (optional, must be in checked luggage)
    • Sleeping mattress, sleeping bag (usually too hot)- depends on location
    • Sheets-2       (suggest one flannel sheet, can be used on bottom or top depending on temperature)
    • Pillow case (can stuff with clothing for a pillow) or small pillow.
    • Laundry bag (mesh, nice to have), a few clothespins (optional)
    • Bathing suit (important for fun or for stream bathing)
    • Rain gear (optional, small lightweight poncho nice to have)
    • Ear plugs (keeps rooster, burro, group member snoring noise to a dull roar)
    • Snacks (granola bars, p-nut butter, cracker packs, dried fruit only, nuts, beef jerky in sealed packs, etc.).
    • Jacket (lightweight for cool evenings)
    • Shoes- (tennis shoes or walking shoes-old ones best, sandals for evenings)
    • Shower shoes or water shoes
    • Candle and matches (optional)
    • Mosquito netting or lightweight mosquito tent depending upon location
    • Journal
    • Spanish dictionary
    • Detergent       (optional-just in case you need to hand wash some clothing)
    • Book for pleasure reading
    • Zip-Lock bags (for protecting key items from dust, humidity, some people pack clothing in Zip-Locks)
    • I-Pod (OK if you wish-be aware that things do disappear occasionally)
    • Watch (optional, rugged inexpensive is best)
    • Travel alarm
    • Small gift items, optional. Many members enjoy bringing small toys, scarfs, lotion, etc. to give to people who help the team or to give to a child at the end of the trip or day in a village.
    • Dentists-Bring instruments.
      • Lock if staying at the Bodega
      • Travel coffee mug if you wish
    • Nurses and Doctors-Bring stethoscopes, BP Cuffs, Otoscope, if possible