May 7, 2023
So you’re ready to volunteer in Ukraine. You’ve got your flights booked, accommodations reserved, your visa and travel insurance sorted, but there’s one more challenge. What on earth would you pack when volunteering in Ukraine? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Based on our experience, we’ve created the ultimate packing list for your upcoming volunteer adventure in Ukraine!
The magic question you need to always ask yourself while packing is: “Will I be using this twice a week?” If the answer is no, leave it out. You always have the chance to buy things if you need them later.
If this is your first time going to Ukraine, it’s tricky to know exactly what you’ll need to pack. Ukraine has four seasons, so the packing list is highly impacted by your arrival’s month of the year. Your destination will also have some impact on the packing list, Ukraine is quite a big country you know.
This is the most important part of your packing, so you really need to pay attention here. Although it would be unpleasant if you forget your toothbrush or shampoo, you won’t even make it to your volunteer project without these documents.
Fingers crossed your volunteer experience will be a healthy one without any medical emergency. Just in case this isn’t the case, it is good to pack a basic first aid kit for your stay in Ukraine.
A basic first aid kit may contain:
When it comes to clothing, bring comfortable casual clothes you can layer. Amount of clothing depends on the availability of laundry facilities, make sure to check with your hostel/hotel on laundry options they have. Remember what to wear while volunteering depends on the volunteer project. Here are our clothing essentials:
These items are optional:
Also, it’s a great idea to check with your host organization beforehand on what you might need.
Some would say that tech gadgets should be somewhere next to passport & visa when traveling. Many don’t see their lives anymore without their phones, tablets or laptops. Here is the list of gadgets and accessories to bring with you.
Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins
Plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Ukraine operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
If you’ve packed everything and feel you’re well-prepared, you can fill the remaining space in your backpack or suitcase with things that could make your volunteer experience more pleasant. Depending on your project location, you might have limited internet or electricity so it’s definitely worth considering a few “offline-things” as well. This could be:
A great tip is to leave some of your things behind while traveling. If you brought books with you, for example, you can leave them behind so others can read them too during their stay.
Clothes you don’t need anymore can be given away. This will create space in your luggage for souvenirs you want to take back with you.
We have also prepared for you free packing checklist to get ready for your volunteer trip to Ukraine. Click the link below to access your comprehensive checklist and ensure you have everything you need for a successful trip: Download Ultimate Packing Checklist.
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