Although we boast an extensive gear room for our clients to borrow equipment from for treks, we are always in need of more: medical supplies get used, hiking poles snap, and ponchos tear in frantic attempts to put them on. In addition to the troubles of keeping all of gear in usable condition for both guides and trekkers, we also have difficulties purchasing any replacements in Guatemala due to a lack of proper outdoor recreation stores. The easiest and most cost-efficient means of obtaining new gear is by having people from outside nations travelling to the region bring it with them as either donation or a reimbursable item. Many people who have donated items in the past have easily simply gone to their local outdoor outfitter retail store or pharmacies and ask for donations per our cause.

If you are ever interested in bringing us new gear, office supplies, or equipment, please keep in mind that you will be both benefiting our clients that borrow it the duration of their adventures all whilst aiding in the education & upbringing of over 160 children whom our treks directly fund by supplying trekkers with proper gear- not gear fixed with duct tape nor twine.  Happy trekkers leads to more clients, which entails even more income for both EDELAC & Hogar Abierto.

Below is a list of always needed items. Anything you could possibly bring is always much appreciated and we look forward to trekking with you all in the future:

  • Very Desperately and Currently Need:
    • Sunscreen SPF35+
    • Athletic tape
    • Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks
    • Heavy Duty, reusable Ponchos (not rain jackets)
  • Always Needed, Gear:
    • Warm Gloves
    • Headlamps
    • Tents (durable, rain-proof)
    • Hiking Poles
    • Pegs for tents
    • Bug Spray
    • Small Gardening Shovels
  • Always Needed, Medical:
    • Band-aids (all sizes, but mostly large)
    • Ace Wrap
    • Ibuprofen (Advil)
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Paracetamol)
    • Loratadine or Benadryl (Allergy Medications)
    • Dramamine (Motion Sickness Medications)
    • Pepto Bismol tablets (Stomach)
    • Imodium (Anti-diarrheal)
    • Ankle & Knee Supports
    • Re-hydration Packets
  • Always Needed, Office Supplies:
    • Ballpoint Pens
    • Duct Tape
    • Sharpies
    • Batteries
    • Paper Clips
    • Dry Erase Markers

If there is anything not on the aforementioned list that you could possibly bring us, please do not hesitate to email us at with any and all inquiries.