What To Wear & Pack - Guatemala.

What to wear?! What to pack?! What to leave behind?!!!


Hands up who finds thinking about packing an anxiety-driving TORTURE! Have we not all just got better things to do with our time than think about packing; like, ANYTHING?!


Well, in the name of saving you time, reducing stress, and maintaining a degree of sanity, as a team here at Paragon Tribe, we have thought about, and written down our ideas on what entails an ideal packing list for a once month (or longer), residential stay with us in Guatemala. We have also added links to some examples of items we suggest which we hope will be of help.


Whilst our Paragon Tribe consists business founders from all over the world, this list could be used by literally anyone coming on a trip to Guatemala. If you are coming to us on a Live/Work residential programme and bringing a life partner, this will also help them to prepare.

 

We've also thought about cultural pointers that might be handy given that Guatemala is a respectable place, has a large and varied culture and a conservative religious societal base. We don't want our guests to be that shoe-free, unwashed, unkempt and inappropriately dressed tourist inadvertently insulting people! In the name of nailing down decency, and being a person that wants to show respect to the people of the country they are visiting, read on!


Good to know: Guatemala has better shopping malls, like the Oakland Mall, than much of the USA or the UK. We also stock some essentials in our shop, and you can find most things locally. So, rest assured that if anything is forgotten or gets lost in transit or is found needed on arrival, a form of everything we suggest can be found here. No hay problema!


We've also put other notes on technology, SIM cards, money and insurance at the very end that should help you out.

 

First of all, the general wardrobe code to follow for an experience with us is a fusion of casual and adventure - leave formal attire and fashion pieces behind. If we were going to be spending time in Guatemala City, we would be recommending a more formal, smart-casual wardrobe. Keyword wardrobe style: Adventurewear.


We are in the countryside mountains of relaxed Antigua Guatemala, with activities and adventures to embark upon! Thus, comfort and flexibility are the essential packing considerations.


IF you are going to be working whilst staying with us and need to bring a work shirt or two for Zoom calls or similar, by all means do so. Otherwise, leave anything related to work and the office behind.


Second of all, we are in a mountainside slightly off-road location - bring your worldly goods in a backpack and / or soft bags - anything with wheels is unwise and not useful once here (a backpack can be repacked for adventures!). Leave heels and any formal hard-soled shoes behind (except perhaps one pair for salsa dancing!).


Thirdly, pack for ONE week - we have laundry service! So keep it light and simple with essentials only - don't go bonkers!


Fourthy, we have amazing views aka filming backdrops. If you are going to be shooting content for your business at our location (please ask first!) you may want to bring a few clothing pieces that fit your objectives in that case.



 

Now...to the lists! We've made one for men and one for women, with helpful 'cultural notes' accordingly. These lists should be plenty for a week (plus some) and appropriate for all occasions during your time with the Paragon Tribe and beyond.



Things To Pack For Men


General

1 x 15L hiking/biking style backpack.

1 x Head or hand torch, with extra batteries.

1 x Sunglasses you are not afraid to lose.

7 x Underwear - any man pants will do.

1 x Water bottle (you cannot drink water straight from the tap, so you'll use it a lot).

2 x Bottles of waterproof 30 SPF or higher sun lotion.

1 x Ear phones.

1 x Set of chargers you'll need: Guatemala uses USA plugs only and USBs.

1 x Waterproof travel pouch for small personal effects.

1 x Credit card that is a Mastercard (better) or Visa.

1 x Comb/hair brush (if applicable!), toiletry bag with the basics.


Daywear

7 x Polo shirts / casual short-sleeved shirts; these are the best upper body clothing options for this climate and the range of activities we generally get up to.

3 x Casual all-occasion trousers e.g. jeans or those of comfy lightweight flexible materials.

1 x Everyday casual shoes with flexible shoes and a bit of grip - deck shoes or similar are ideal.

2 x Casual shorts.


Adventurewear (plan for some form of physicality every day)

7 x Breathable exercise short sleeved t-shirts.

3 x Lightweight shirts with roll-up sleeves such as wicked Colombia shirts.

2 x Zip-off adventure trouser/shorts.

2 x Sport shorts.

7 x Sports socks.

1 x Trainers / sneakers.

2 x Swimming shorts.

1 x A lightweight rain and wind proof jacket.

1 x A long-sleeved fleece.

1 x Hiking shoes best or boots.

1 x Cycling shorts if you want to use the exercise bike or go mountain biking.

1 x A buff.

1 x A baseball cap.

1 x Flip-flops.

2 x Long-sleeved and long-legged pyjamas for cold nights.

2 x Pyjama shorts and t-shirts / lighter sleeping options for warmer nights.


Eveningwear (to compliment the daywear list)

Fleece (we've repeated this because it's cold on the mountain!).

3 x Casual long sleeve shirts/tops.

1 x pair of warm slippers for wearing in your home of an evening, alternatively, warm socks.

1 x pair flat slippery-soled shoes for salsa dancing if that's your thing, otherwise, leave behind.


Bring any other gear you need to activities or trips you have planned outside of time with us. Feel free to ask us about attire appropriate for micro-climate considerations, or activities in the Central American region.


Things To Leave At Home

Any high value items that you'd be sad to lose on an adventure!

Any branded or super smart clothing or items.

As much technology as possible.


Cultural Notes For Men

1) Being topless is a no-no regardless of how hot you are. The exception is if you are standing on a beach or inside a water body. If in doubt, ask us.

2) Shoes should always be worn in public, not only out of respect, but also because there are creatures that might want to worm their way up into your skin and make your life hell. Nobody wants that!



Things To Pack For Women


General

1 x 15L hiking/biking style backpack.

1 x Head or hand torch, with extra batteries.

1 x Sunglasses you are not afraid to lose.

7 x Underwear sets.

1 x Water bottle (you cannot drink water straight from the tap, so you'll use it a lot).

2 x Bottles of waterproof 30 spf or higher sun lotion.

1 x Ear phones.

1 x Set of chargers you'll need: Guatemala uses USA plugs only and USBs.

1 x waterproof travel pouch for small personal effects.

1 x credit card that is a Mastercard (better) or Visa.

1 x comb/hair brush (if applicable!), toiletry bag with the basics.

Period products (Tampax and towels are available, menstrual cups are not).


Daywear

7 x Polo shirts / casual short-sleeved loose tops; these are the best upper body clothing options for this climate and the range of activities we generally get up to.

3 x Casual all-occasion knee length or longer trousers or leggings or other of lightweight materials.

1 x Everyday casual shoes with flexible shoes and a bit of grip - deck shoes or similar are ideal.

2 x Casual shorts or skirts just above the knee or on the knee.

- A few comfy knee-length or longer casual light-weight dresses to relax in if you want to.

- Do not bring tight or synthetic materials as they do not breath and it is too hot for those fabrics. Cotton is always best.


Adventurewear (plan for some form of physicality every day)

7 x Breathable exercise short sleeved t-shirts.

3 x Lightweight shirts with roll-up sleeves such as wicked Colombia shirts.

2 x Zip-off adventure trouser/shorts.

2 x Sport shorts or leggings / yoga pants.

7 x Sports socks.

1 x Trainers / sneakers.

2 x Swimming costume or bikini.

1 x A lightweight rain and wind proof jacket.

1 x A long-sleeved fleece.

1 x Hiking shoes or boots.

1 x Cycling shorts if you want to use the exercise bike or go mountain biking.

1 x A buff.

1 x A baseball cap.

1 x Flip-flops.

2 x Long-sleeved and long-legged pyjamas for cold nights.

2 x Boxer and t-shirt / lighter sleeping options for warmer nights.


Eveningwear (to compliment the daywear list)

Fleece (we've repeated this because it's cold on the mountain!).

3 x Casual long sleeved tops & leggings.

1 x pair of warm slippers for wearing in your home of an evening, alternatively, warm socks.

1 x pair flat slippery-soled shoes for salsa dancing if that's your thing (also a good daywear extra).


Bring any other gear you need to activities or trips you have planned outside of time with us. Feel free to ask us about attire appropriate for micro-climate considerations, or activities in the Central American region.


Things to leave at home

Any high value items that you'd be sad to lose on an adventure!

Any branded or super smart clothing or items.

High heels, even slight heels - you won't use them.

Makeup.

Any baggage you want to leave behind in your life (crap job role, crap partner etc).


Cultural Notes

1) Being topless is a no-no. Short shorts or skirts/ dresses are a no-no except at the beach.

2) Shoes should always be worn in public, not only out of respect, but also because there are creatures that might want to worm their way up into your skin and make your life hell. Nobody wants that!


Some Key Notes About Technology

Whilst at the centre, in respect of guests on a complete digital detox, you must switch your devices on silent in public areas and not take video or voice calls in public areas.


Playing music in accommodation is allowed where your house is not immediately next to another but please keep the level low in any instance.


We have a dedicated Coaching Room and other spaces where you can take calls if you are outside of your house.


If you are on a residential programme combining project and personal development, then bring a laptop to work from in your home.


If you bring a pair of bluetooth earphones this is the best option for sure! These are easily available here.


If in doubt, please ask!


Some Key Notes About Phones & SIM cards

There are two main companies who have the monopoly on telephone services in Guatemala - Tigo and Claro. Tigo currently has better coverage and if you are planning to travel extensively around Guatemala then you will find Tigo is the current front-runner on coverage.


However... we are based in Antigua Guatemala and here, Claro has the stronghold! There is also no longer a Tigo store in Antigua Guatemala, which is extremely annoying!