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Pack as light as possible but ensure you have everything you need! Arriving on your mission site, only to find you’ve forgotten the most important thing(s) is a terrible feeling. Therefore, creating a packing/travel checklist is essential to having a successful trip. Below is a suggested packing list. Add or take away items as you see fit.
• Cash (clean bills)
• Small Backpack
• Victory Mission Trip Guidebook
• Medications (Pepto-Bismol, prescription and over-the-counter medications)
• Motion Sickness Aids
• Personal/Feminine Care Products
• Rain Jacket
• Tennis Shoes/Comfortable Walking Shoes/Shower Shoes
• Snacks (i.e. Protein bars, dried fruit, nuts)
• International Adapter
• Appropriate Swimwear (if time permits)
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- Clothes with political or US military icons or statements on them
- Immodest or culturally inappropriate clothing
- Prized or expensive possessions
- Weapons or pocketknives
- Items with camouflage print on them
- Add Victory supplied address tags to your luggage and mark them with another unique tag or ribbon, making them easy to spot at the airport.
- Have an airport buddy if possible, as well as all flight information and their contact information with you in case you get separated.
- Arrive for your trip well rested and in good health! Do not pull an all-nighter prior to the trip; you will not have the chance to catch up on sleep during the week. You’ll want to be rested for ministry and health reasons.
- Older suitcases and duffel bags are suggested in case of damage.
- Leave enough room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
- Bring a pillowcase to use as a laundry bag.
- Bring older clothes and other items. Don't wear your best stuff.
- “Break in” newer shoes or boots beforehand to avoid blisters.
- Bring extra of the antibiotics or current prescriptions you are taking.
- Adults may want to bring a credit card with them as a precaution.
- Assume laundry facilities will not be available. Plan your packing accordingly.
- We suggest taking a backpack or small tote as your carry-on.
- Carry your camera, valuables, prescription medicine, toiletries, and all other essentials in your carry-on bag.
- Pack your travel documents (passport, airline information) in a safe but easily accessible place within your carry-on bag, possibly in a clear zip lock bag, and keep your passport near you at all times.
- Pack a change of clothing that is appropriate to your mission trip site in your carry-on, in the event your luggage is lost or delayed.
- Check with your airline on luggage restrictions/guidelines. As well, you are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.
- If you experience motion sickness, plan to take your medication prior to the flight (or bus ride once you are in country) so that it will take effect in time to keep you comfortable.