What everyone should bring:

  • A positive caring attitude
  • A servant’s heart
  • Bible
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Foam or air mattress (and pump)
  • Suitable work clothes (no open toed shoes or flip flops)
  • Personal toiletries, towel, washcloth, and soap
  • Warm clothes for evening (sweatshirt, long pants)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF 15, the greater the better)
  • Water bottle with screw on lid (lid should cover drinking surface)
  • Unbreakable mug (for hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc)
  • Flashlight
  • 2 dozen cookies


One piece of luggage (preferably soft sided) marked with your name. Please no gigantic bags, if you can crawl inside and zip it up it’s too big. You should also have a small bag that will be with you while traveling in the vans.


  • Good hammer
  • Work gloves
  • Tape measure (12′ or 25′)
  • Utility knife w/extra blades
  • Eye protection
  • Tri-square or speed square
  • Carpenter’s pouch (tool belt)
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver(s) (interchangeable or standard and Phillips)
  • Cordless drill with driver bits (if possible)

What every church/group should bring

  • 6′ ladder
  • Shovel
  • Hand saws (3)
  • Paint brushes (4)
  • Paint rollers (2)
  • Paint pans (2)
  • Paint buckets (4)
  • Rags (1 box)
  • Broom
  • Collapsible saw horses (1 pair)


Group leaders please make sure you group has enough tent space. Because we have tight quarters, no tents smaller than a three person dome tent are advised. Larger tents allow us to sleep more campers per square foot. If you have trouble sleeping with people snoring, dogs barking, roosters crowing, music, etc, you might want to bring some ear plugs.

What not to bring to mexico

  • Drugs, alcohol, or tobacco (you will be sent home)
  • Clothing in bad taste (see note below)
  • Bad attitude
  • Anything that would isolate you from the group

Note on clothing

We should be careful that our clothes do not offend our friends in Mexico, we are guests in their country. We have considered the issue with our contacts in Mexico and those that have spent a considerable amount of time there. Please follow these guidelines, remember this is not about you:

  • Shorts should not be too short or low riding (mid-thigh length or longer)
  • Men/Women should not wear tank tops (t-shirt with rolled up sleeves is ok)
  • Logos should be tasteful or avoided all together
  • Tummies should not show with arms above your head
  • Yoga pants, leggings, tight workout clothes are not acceptable

Items to consider for donation

  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Bibles in Spanish (RV1960 version)
  • Poster board
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored Yarn
  • White Paper
  • Pens
  • Coloring Books
  • Balls