Packing List

Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate, tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, with warm to hot weather year-round, though nighttime conditions during the dry season can be cool and are much lower than daytime highs. The weather tends to be anywhere from the low 80's to high 90's from June to August. There is also an average rainfall of 6-9 inches from June to August, with about 15-20 rainy days a month. It is important to consider local weather when packing, but still pack conservative clothing. Service sites and temple visits will require more modest clothing choices - i.e. t-shirts and long shorts (cover knees) or pants. 

Suggested Packing List: 

  •  Warm sweatshirt / fleece
  •  Rain Gear - Waterproof Windbreaker or Rain Coat (during rainy season July-October)
  •  Short-sleeved shirts
  •  Gym / sportswear (for hiking/outdoor activities)
  •  Under garments, socks
  •  Bathing suits
  •  Shorts(no shorter than mid-thigh)/skirts (no shorter than knee length)
  •  Hiking pants
  •  Hat
  •  One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
  •  One pair of closed toed shoes (these are for day-to-day use. These can also double as community service shoes when working with the elephants.)

For service with the elephants:

Caring for elephants can be a dirty business! Please keep this in mind when packing. Typical service clothing will vary, depending on the activity. While working with the elephants, knee length shorts, loose fitting capris, and t-shirts will be appropriate, while other days while cutting grass for elephant food, you will need to dress more conservatively in pants and long sleeved shirts. Be sure to wear comfortable footwear that is OK to get wet and dirty! Specific recommendations are listed below:
  • Long sleeve shirt. Travelers frequently gather elephant feed (bana grass) which has proven to be quite an irritant to uncovered skin and is home to many bugs. 
Bath / Personal:
  •  Personal medication
  •  Anti-diarrheal medication
  •  Glasses / contacts / contact solution, if applicable
  •  Personal toiletries (If you have certain items that you absolutely need, bring enough to last until you return home. Don't forget to bring gender specific products).
  •  Sunscreen
  •  Insect repellent (Note: As this is a tropical country, mosquitos are abundant throughout the year, especially during the rainy season) 

  •  Books and/or magazines
  •  Watch or small alarm clock
  •  Mini-flashlight / headlamp & extra batteries
  •  Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars).  We provide 3 full meals a day; however, some have particular dietary/health needs.
  •  One refillable water bottle
  •  Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera

We Provide:
  •  Linens / blankets
  •  Towels
  •  Pillow

*Laundry service at the Home Base for an additional charge. We advise that you bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry more than once.

*Voltage in Thailand is 220 volts. Most tablets, computers, and cameras can support this, however, most hair dryers cannot. Please bring a converter if you will be using high-voltage items.  Most of the outlets will be the 2-prong, with occasional 3-prong outlets.