What to bring in your suitcase
- Valid passport, photocopies (expiration dates within 30 days of arrival are NOT valid)
- Visa (if you plan to stay in Guatemala for more than 90 days)
- Photocopies of health insurance information
- Small daypack or backpack
- Water bottle
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrush, floss, razor, deodor- ant, brush, feminine products, contacts/contact solution, etc.)
- Towel (shower/beach), washcloth
- Sunscreen, bug spray, anti-itch cream, hand sanitizer
- US/Cananda—No adaptor needed for electronics w/ 2 prongs (3 prong devices need 2 prong adaptor)
- Other countries—Guatemala uses 110-120 volt electricity, so if your appliance is built for 220-240 volt electricity you will need a converter or voltage transformer
- Chargers for all electronic devices
- (Opt) Laptop (we provide you free internet), camera, mp3 player, headphones
- (Opt) Cellphone ($5 sim cards available for unlocked smart phones, phones are available here for purchase starting at $20) note: be sure to disable data roaming to avoid high fees
- Prescriptions meds w/ copy of prescription, other meds (inhalers, EpiPens, allergy, vitamins, motion sickness, cold/flu, Pepto-Bismol, pain meds, etc)
- (Opt) Antibiotics such as Z-packs, Cipro (available at most pharmacies w/out prescription)
- (Opt) Personal first aid kit
- Cash (recommended, do not put in checked luggage, banks available for exchange) and/or debit card (ATMs are available)
- Credit card (large purchases or emergencies)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Umbrella (during the rainy season May—October)
- Plastic bag for wet clothes, laundry bag
- Money Belt (neck strap or waist for money/passport)
- Spanish/English dictionary
- Journal and reading materials (La Union provides small notebooks for Spanish classes)
- 5 Short-sleeved shirts/tank tops (avoid spaghetti strap and revealing styles)
- 2 Pairs of comfortable shorts
- 1 Pair of lightweight pants
- 1 Pair of socks for every 2 days (i.e. 5 pairs for a 10 day trip)
- 1 Pair of underwear for every 1-2 days (i.e. between 5-10 pairs for a 10 day trip)
- Comfortable walking shoes (everyday tennis shoes/running shoes)
- Sandals (cobblestone streets and dirt roads are no fun with strappy sandals – take a pair that’s tried and true)
- Sandals/flip-flops for beach and showers
- Poncho or lightweight raincoat with hood
- Fleece or jacket for nights
- Hat with visor for rain and sun protection
- Please LEAVE AT HOME valuable/expensive-looking jewelry and irreplaceable items
Last Minute Tips:
Cloth ing: Bring cotton, light synthetic, or other quick drying clothing.
Weath er: November to January Antigua is cold in the early mornings, but often becomes sunny and hot during the day.
January to April Antigua is sunny and very hot during the day, but generally cools down comfortably at night.
May to October is the rainy season, however, it usually rains only two hours maximum per day and is usually in the evenings and nights. During the day it is often warm (mid 60´s F/ low 20´s C) though not all days.
Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required to travel to Guatemala, although it is always a good idea to contact your doctor before traveling abroad and consult the Center for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information:
Insurance: It is important to also check with your health insurance provider for information regarding international coverage and reimbursement. The normal procedure is that you pay any expenses out of pocket, and then submit the bills to your insurance company when you return home. Before arriving, however, be sure you know the policies and procedures of your carrier. If your company does not cover your time abroad, you may need to purchase a short- term coverage for overseas travel:
HTH Worldwide Insurance Services, 1-888-243-2358 | www.gohealthplan.com
Gateway Insurance, 1-800-282-4495 | www.gatewayplans.com
Lu ggage: Be sure to check airline regulations for number of bags, weight limitations, fees, etc. prior to departure.
US: If traveling from the United States, it’s also important to register with the US Department of State prior to departure.
This can be done at https://step.state.gov/step/
Canada: If you are traveling from Canada is important to visit and register in the website Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Always have with you the following address and phone numbers or leave this information with your family and friends.
Centro Lingüístico “La Union”
1a. Avenida Sur # 21, La Antigua Guatemala. C.A
If you are delayed or for any EMERGENCY, please call us in the office at (502) 7832-7337 or (502) 7832-7757 (from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm Saturday)
If it is AFTER 6 pm, please call us on our cell phone numbers:
- Juan Carlos Martínez (General Director) (502) 4218-4668
- Julio Martínez (Administrator) (502) 4840-2041
Note: If you are in Guatemala you do not need to dial (502) just the number, if you are outside the country. You need to dial the area code (502) before the number.
Remember, “MI CASA ES TU CASA”!!