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Clothing (it will be hot! And humid! Temps from 60's at night to 80's during the day)

  1. shorts (3-4)
  2. shirts (4-5)
  3. sweater
  4. sneakers or light trail hikers
  5. underwear, bras, socks for 5-6 days

Hygiene and Meds

  1. shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. (basically whatever you use on a daily basis, though I would recommend getting those face wipes because they are extremely convenient for places where clean water is scarce)
  2. towel
  3. female hygiene products
  4. contacts AND your glasses + contact solution, of course
  5. Advil or Tylenol or any other kind of painkiller
  6. bug spray + anti-itch cream
  7. Immodium and/or Pepto Bismol/Kaopectate
  8. general cold or flu medicine for multiple symptoms
  9. daily multivitamins will help you get enough iron, calcium, and so on
  10. Gatorade mix, power bars or granola bars might be welcome if you're feeling under the weather
  11. allergy meds if needed
  12. inhaler or asthma meds as needed
  13. bandaids, antibiotic lotion, antibacterial wipes for cuts
  14. moleskin for blisters
  15. an extra supply of any prescription meds
  16. Ziploc baggies for ensuring leaking shampoo bottles don't ruin your iPod or your paperwork, or for keeping small things organized in your luggage + extra ones too!
  17. bigger baggie for laundry so that dirty clothes are separated from the rest

Other Stuff

  1. camera + extra memory card + extra batteries for all those special memories (smile)
  2. pocketknife/multifunction tool (if you bring one, remember to put it in your CHECKED luggage)
  3. sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection
  4. sunscreen
  5. water bottle (at least 1L)
  6. iPod/MP3 player + charger
  7. small Spanish dictionary or phrase book to carry with you
  8. travel electrical outlet converter (220 V)
  9. small sewing kit
  10. small bag or backpack for carrying water, toilet paper, your dictionary, etc, and equipment in the field

The Really Important Stuff

  1. US passport (you cannot enter El Salvador without one)
  2. $10 (US) for the single-entry tourist card you need to purchase upon arrival (valid for 90 days)
  3. cash (no need to exchange US dollars for Colones) + Debit/ATM card (Note: keep at least $10 with you at all times, and use small bills because change is hard to check from street vendors and especially so in the countryside)
  4. cellphone

Keep In Mind For The Airport...

  1. 3-1-1 For Carry-Ons =3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, baggie; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin
  2. Pack all of your things into ONE suitcase for checking
  3. Remember the weight limit (you will have to pay extra if you go over)
  4. If you're unsure about an item, check the TSA List of Prohibited Items

Vaccination Info

  1. No specific vaccinations are required to enter El Salvador, just make sure your routine ones are up to date
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