Except in the central mountains, temperatures don’t vary much in the Dominican Republic, averaging a summery 81ºF (28ºC) to 87ºF (31ºC) in most places for much of the year. Tropical humidity can make the temperatures feel higher, though sea breezes help mitigate the effect. The rainy season is May to October, though on the north coast it can last until December.
Suggested Packing List:
Must - Haves:
Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Dominican Republic
Face Masks, one for each day of your trip, per person
Travel size, hand sanitizer
Work gloves for service project in the community
Shoes for worksite that will get dirty with dried concrete, plan to leave behind!
Protective eye wear (for those who wear contacts)
Bug Spray, sun block
One refillable water bottle
Day Bag (important for carrying sun block, water bottle, snacks, masks & hand sanitizer)
Light Sweatshirt for cool evenings & mornings
Rain coat (light weight, water resistant for sudden, unexpected tropical showers)
Gym / sportswear (for hiking / working) **We recommend for participants to bring longer shorts instead of running high shorts for community days. This is important. No spandex.
Under garments, socks
Long pants (jeans are not recommended to work in)
One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
One pair of tennis shoes / closed toe shoes (these are for hiking and WILL get dirty from service work)
Bath / Personal:
One towel - for swimming / beach
Personal medication, if susceptible to sea sickness, then Prescription sea sickness pills or patch, for snorkeling tour.
Glasses / contacts / contact solution
Books for downtime
Card game, or travel games for downtime
Watch or small alarm clock
Mini-flashlight / headlamp. Most smartphones have flashlights, that will suffice.
Sunglasses, particularly if you’re sensitive to sunlight
Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars) for in between meals & travel days.
Linens / blankets
Electrical adapters are not needed.
*Laundry service is available at the lodging for a nominal charge. We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry during the trip.
*Electrical outlets in the Dominican Republic are the same as in the United States. Voltage is 110-120 volts. There is no adapter needed if coming from the U.S.