1. $65 cash for entrance/visa fee in Asuncion airport. All U.S. citizens must pay this fee as they turn in their visa documents when going through Paraguayan customs.
2. Shorts - for it is quite warm in Tobati in March
3. T-shirts - for t-shirts often go well with the shorts mentioned previously
4. Sneakers - for comfort and quick cuts - also for avoiding shin splints
5. Sandals - so that feet can feel some sun and also experience some semblence of freedom
6. Portable alarm clock - for we need to wake up on time and our host families are too polite to wake us up. This item is key.
7. 2 pair o' Work gloves - we can't dirty our pretty little hands
8. A cap - helps us catch high fly balls
9. A gift for the host family - caps, t-shirts, polo style shirts, toys, framed picture of your family, etc. - we need to be good guests - these items should be presented on day #1.
10. More formal outfits - for the team will attend 3 or so night time events in which polo or bottom up style shirts/blouses will be necessary - slacks (or dress shorts)/skirts will be needed during these social events.
11. Games: cards, chess sets, etc. come in handy during the team's resting periods and long hours spent in airports.
12. Mosquito repellent containing 30-50% DEET. Each team member should bring their own repellent. Make sure to have plenty o' DEET.
13. Quality jokes and/or anecdotes - are huge during long truck rides to Aparypy, Tobati.
14. Batteries for alarm clock mentioned previously
15. Wristbands/Bandanas/Sub-Team Shirts - for it is fun when subteams having matching wristbands, bandanas,etc. - remember to bring extra ones for your Paraguayan brothers and sisters who will be joining your subteam
16. Small Spanish/English dictionary - for improved communication with Paraguayan comrades
17. Swimsuits - The team will have a couple of opportunities at night to swim in pools.
18. Water Bottle - As a team we don't drink the tap water. We load up on water from Central Headquarters before we go out to work on projects. Having a water bottle helps us stay hydrated.
19. Digital Camera - for the website neeeds a lot of pictures of Team Tobati X - photos can be downloaded onto a C.D. at Central Headquarters.
20. Towels - bring at least three good solid towels.
21. Sunscreen - for there is a good deal of sun in Tobati.
22. Bring small bills - They will give you change for dollars at the small shops in Tobati but they need you to use small bills like $1 bills and $5. They will then give you change in the local currency (guaranies). $250 should be enough cash. Folks spend money on small souvenirs, snackaroos, soda popinskis, and one trip to the movies.
23. Extra Prescription Medication if you are on prescription medication (just in case members of the squad are forced to stay in Paraguay or Brasil longer due to flight troubles or illness)
24. Powdered drinks - Since we can't drink natural fruit juices, some team members have found it nice to have powered lemonade or kool-aid that they could add to their bottled water. One big can of a powdered drink should be enough for a bunch of sub-team drinks.
25. 220 Voltage converter/adaptor for electronic items.
26. If you own an ipod with speakers, bring it to use during longer truck rides. The team often goes to work on the construction of classrooms in rural schools far from central headquarters. Music helps the team maintain good energy during road trips.
27. Sanitizing wipes travel pack: It's always a good move to make sure that we wash our hands before we eat. The wipes are an easy way to get that done when traveling.