Esprit Meraki Packing List

The Ultimate Wellness and Transformational Retreat Packing Checklist

Before you start packing, check the weather forcast for the time you will be at Meraki. is fairly accurate and the villages to check is “Eauze” or “Nogaro.”

  • Sturdy pair of waterproof and walked-in walking boots/shoes. New shoes/boots tend to cause blisters. A comfortable pair of sandals/sneakers/flip-flops
  • Thick socks (woollen works best)
  • Comfortable clothes to walk in and to wear after your walk: think layers. In the south of France, in spring and autumn, and even sometimes in the summer, it can get chilly during the day and especially in the evenings. We’ll eat outside (covid prevention measures) wherever possible, so warm layers will come in very useful, inside and out
  • Additional in the winter: thermal underwear, warm hat and socks, gloves, earmuffs, scarf/wrap
  • A small, light rucksack/backpack to take with you on your walk
  • A re-usable water bottle
  • A light-weight raincoat/jacket/poncho that you can fold up and pack in your rucksack
  • A sunhat, sunglasses, suntan lotion, lip balm, moisturiser, insect repellant, a first-aid kit that fits in your rucksack
  • Power snacks: protein/energy bars, nuts, dried fruit
  • Your favourite tea/tisane (teabags, not loose tea)
  • Journal or notepad and pen
  • Your phone/tablet/laptop/camera
  • Earphones and earplugs
  • Small flashlight
  • Packets of tissues, recyclable plastic bags, hand wipes
  • Quick-dry towel (micro-fibre)
  • Toiletries and regular medications, as well as anything you think you may need ex anti-histamines, pain killers, anti-acids etc.
  • Small tube/bottle with handwash soap, in case you need to wash smalls
  • Swimming costume (to get a suntan in summer)
  • Your own beer/wine -there will also be opportunities to support the local producers
  • Universal adapter and phone/tablet/laptop recharger
  • Books or e-Reader
  • An open mind, a growth mindset, a sense of humour and a sense of adventure

Other essentials: Your passport, visa, plane/train/bus tickets, credit/debit card and cash in local currency, a list with emergency contact numbers, travel insurance details

List is not exhaustive.

What not to pack

  • Stilletos, fur coats, evening dresses, expensive jewelry, heavy-duty make-up More at “Don’t forget your Fur Coat!”
  • Recreational drugs
  • Weapons of any sort or description
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Pets – there are already horses, cats and a dog at Meraki – most of them rescues – and easily disturbed other dogs/cats
  • A sense of entitlement, unrealistic expectations, bad manners, intolerance and impatience
  • Brand new walking shoes with thin cotton socks

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