Packing Tips: Our Amazon Favs

These are a list of our Amazon favorites that correspond to a general packing list—these are items that almost every Builder will need for their trip! Make sure to check out your trip-specific packing list, which can be found in your Builder Portal. For more packing tips, click here.

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Osprey Travel Backpack: 
These are the best travel packs in the world! They are carry-on sized and designed specifically for airline travel. In 2024, Builders will receive a Cotopaxi backpack, but it’s great to have an option for travel that has lots of compartments and plenty of space.

Travel Towel: 
Lightweight, quick-drying, and available in a bunch of colors! We gifted these towels to all of our Trip Leaders last year and they were a game changer during weekend sightseeing trips.

Hard Hat: 

Each Builder is responsible bringing a hard hat for the worksite. Here are some of our favorites: 

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Worksite gloves:

Gloves are required on the worksite for all our Builders. Below are two options! We suggest thicker gloves to protect from concrete burns and blisters.



Inexpensive, Durable Watch: 
Remember, you won’t have your phone with you on the trip! All of our trips are pretty scheduled out (click here to view a typical “day-in-the-life” on an HXP trip), so a watch is a great thing to bring if you want to stay on top of things.

Packing Cubes: 
Packing cubes make it easy to stay organized while you’re living out of a suitcase during your trip, especially if you’re a heavy packer.

Travel Passport Holder: 
It’s your responsibility to keep your passport safe while you’re traveling, so make sure you have a designated place for it. Passport holders are one solution for keeping track of it. For more passport prep tips, click here.


Biodegradable Sunscreen:

Bug Spray
Make sure you do some research about the area you’re going to and see how buggy the region is—this is a good way to gauge how much (if any) bug spray you’ll need.

Hand Sanitizer

Wet Wipes

Aloe Vera

Travel-Sized Fingernail Clippers

Personal First Aid Kit
HXP provides a First Aid Kit for emergencies only, so make sure you bring frequent use items to sustain yourself throughout the duration of your trip.


Since you can’t use your phone camera, we highly recommend bringing some sort of camera to capture memories. Anything lightweight and durable will do the trick!

Compact Games
In the airport, on sightseeing weekend, and while you hang out with ward members and locals, it’s nice to have some games to play. Pro tip: coordinate what you’re bringing with other members of your group (GroupMe is a good place to do this) so you don’t end up with 10 frisbees on your trip!

Universal Power Adaptor

Joggers for the Worksite: