What to Bring & Wish Lists

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What to Bring & Wish Lists

If you plan to stay in Punta Mona, here is a list of things you really should bring:


  • Tall socks
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Towels & Sarong
  • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Band-aids
  • Medical supplies
  • All-natural bug repellent ( All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
  • Light weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Rain coats with hoods
  • Headlamps and flashlights
  • Yoga Mat

Permaculture Students/Interns/Volunteers:

  • Tall socks (a few pairs, for use in boots and to keep sand fleas and mosquitoes from biting at night!!)
  • Sheets – twin sized - queen sized, including pillow case, top and fitted
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Towels & Sarong
  • Headlamps and flashlights with rechargeable batteries
  • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent (if you bring non-biodegradable, you will not be allowed to use it)
  • A good stock of band-aides 
  • All-natural bug repellent (All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great)
  • Notebooks, pens, sharpies, art supplies
  • Long-sleeved, lightweight pants and shirts (very important for keeping away mosquitoes)
  • T-shirts, Tank Tops, Shorts, Skirts
  • Rain coat with hood
  • Dietary items and/or supplements that you will want to have during your time at Punta Mona
  • Ziploc bags or Tupperware if you bring in food - to prevent ants and other insects from being attracted to your goodies
  • Personal Snacks
  • We highly recommend bringing tea tree oil and lavender essential oil- it solves a variety of jungle issues
  • Mosquito Net (preferably "no-seeum" ) - optional
  • Gardening/Work gloves
  • Rubber Boots

Useful things, but not absolutely necessary:

  • Lavender oil
  • Yoga Mat
  • All-natural sunscreen
  • First aid supplies
  • All-natural candles and incense
  • Lighters
  • Plastic bags to keep clothes and electronics dry
  • Rechargeable batteries and charger
  • Snorkle mask and fins
  • Ipod speakers
  • Beach towel
  • Books (donations always welcome)
  • Mp3 players / ipods
  • Musical instruments!
  • Cameras / camera chargers
  • Hammock
  • Travel Mug and Water Bottle
  • Favorite gardening tools
  • Sketch book & art supplies

And last, but not least: bring a good attitude, enthusiasm, and an open heart!

Many people ask us if we would like them to bring us anything...

Here is an ongoing WISH LIST, if you feel inclined and oh so generous:

  • Seeds (plants that will grow in the tropics)
  • Dr. Bronner's and other green cleaning products (Simple Green cleaner)
  • Coffee mugs
  • Organic nuts (almonds, pecans, pistachios, etc) and nut butters
  • Tupperware with lids
  • Lighters
  • Natural candles
  • Headlamps and flashlights
  • Medical supplies
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Natural medicines (Chinese medicines, ayurvedic medicines, etc.)
  • Natural bug repellent
  • Mosquito coils
  • Mosquito nets for beds
  • Books - about permaculture/sustainable agriculture, solar power systems, learning Spanish, a good fiction, alternative medicine, plant identification, etc.
  • Art supplies
    • contact paper!!
    • scissors
    • sharpies
    • paint brushes!
    • paint
    • hemp string
    • beads for jewelry
  • Tall socks
  • Scrap material for sewing
  • Ziploc bags
  • Your favorite aged cheese (seriously people will love you)
  • Musical instruments – anything from guitars to drums! We are sadly lacking in musical insturments, especially drums, 'round here.
  • Guitar strings and picks
  • Drum heads
  • Good vibrations

We are always open to donations of larger items as well, such as:

  • Stereos and speakers, especially for ipods
  • Tools
  • Cutlery, cookware
  • Computers, printers, fax, scanners, software, etc.
  • Musical instruments
  • Tarps
  • Extension cords
  • Water pumps
  • Solar panels + batteries
  • Rain water catchers
  • Building materials
  • Tree climbing equipment
  • Storage containers
  • Clothes
  • Batiks and tapestries
  • Art
  • Headlamps and flashlights
  • Hammocks, mattresses, chairs, stools
  • A massage table
  • Screened tents
  • Screens

** INTERNS/VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SHEETS (top, bottom and pillow case, recommended dark colors) AND TOWEL. You are welcome to donate them at the end of your stay if you do not wish to continue to travel with them. 

Guests, student groups, retreat participants are provided with sheets and towels.

Please DO NOT bring any soap, shampoo, or conditioner that is not biodegradable!!!

Please, if you smoke tobacco, bring only rolling tobacco (such as Organic American Spirit)- please avoid bringing cigarettes with filters!!

Please be warned that the tropical jungle is not the kindest environment for material possessions. We recommend not bringing anything you are really attached to (clothes, jewelry, books, etc.) as things might get wet / moldy / stained / really smelly (even things such as books). Leather will especially be damaged.

Please contact us if you have any questions about what to bring