February 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm #4109
We want to dress very modestly this summer. What this means is no short shorts for men or women. Basically we want to dress comfortably but modestly so that our dress is not a stumbling block to our message.
How Much to Bring
General rule: the less you bring, the less you carry. You are expected to be able to carry all of your own bags for at least one mile. We strongly recommend that you pack your belongings in a backpack as it is much easier to carry. Many have found that shoulder straps, luggage with wheels, or a luggage carrier have made transporting luggage much easier.
The specific rule is that your one piece of checked luggage cannot weight over 44 lbs. The fine is pretty hefty. You are also limited in the number of carry-on bags. You are allowed one travel piece, a camera bag or a purse. Your carry-on pieces must fit under your seat.
- Place all valuables, medications, and documents in your carry-on.
- Use durable luggage
- Use a durable luggage tag with your permanent contact info on it in case your luggage is lost.
- Leave enough room for the gifts that you will be bringing home.
- Pack to conserve space. Roll clothing and use small items to fill empty space.
- Carry a change of clothing in your carry-on in case your luggage is delayed.
- If you bring any prescription medications, be sure to bring them in the original container, as unmarked medication can arouse suspicion.
- The last night of briefing, before you leave for your country, be sure to have one change of clothing, basic toiletries and needed medications in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is delayed.
Make sure you have everything you need before you arrive at briefing because you will not have any spare time once it starts.
You should also bring some basic documents in the event of a problematic situation (e.g. your passport gets stolen)*. These would include:
- Copy of your birth certificate and/or naturalization papers
- Copy of your passport
You might want to make two copies: one to bring with you when you travel, and one to keep at home.
- Personal spending money, $100-200 depending on how much in gifts you want
- Bathing suit and large beach towel
- Passport and passport pouch/holder
- Bible, journal, pens, etc.
- Address list of friends and supporters
- Athletic attire, shoes and such
- Durable, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, or sandal-type shoes as you might walk several miles each day
- iPod, MP3 or CD player with CDs, AA batteries, headphones, charging cable, etc.
- Power/electric adapter (220 volts, though many outlets are different)
- Nice clothes for church (Women: skirts, a nice blouse, cotton dresses. Men: khakis, Polos)
- A backpack is a must for weekend trips
- One windbreaker, sweatshirt or sweater
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Camera, batteries, SD card
- Laundry bag
- Pictures of your family, home, school, etc. to show the national students
- Playing cards and other small games
- Sports equipment (Frisbee, ping pong paddles, etc.)
- Travel alarm clock (a waterproof alarm watch might be better)
- Small translation dictionary
- Small flashlight
- Glasses, protective case, contacts, solution
- Personal hygiene: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, athlete’s foot spray, razor and blades, cologne, other personal items*
- Hand sanitizer
- Mosquito repellent with a high DEET level (50% or more)
- “After Bite” to treat any bug bites
- Dramamine and/or ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
- Plastic bags to store all the above stuff that leaks
- Small, inexpensive gifts for the friends you make (postcards, photos, keychains, T-shirts from your university, CDs, etc.)
*If you’re not too picky, you can get a lot of these things in country.
What Not to Bring
- Apparel with blatant Christian slogans, wild prints, or T-shirts with beer ads (or worse)
- Short shorts
- Extra luggage
- Literature that reflects negatively on the culture’s politics, economics, etc.
Suggested Clothing for Women
- Lots of underwear!
- 1 pair running shoes
- 1 pair of nicer, yet comfy shoes, such as ballet flats
- 1 pair of flip-flops with good traction for light walking around town
- 2-3 skirts/flowy dresses*
- 2-3 shorts/capris*
- 1-2 pairs of jeans.
- 1 swimsuit
- 2-3 sleeveless shirts/tank-tops*
- 2-3 nicer T-shirts*
- Maybe 1 light-weight, long sleeve or ¾ length shirt for the first week or so
- 1-2 real t-shirts
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 pair of comfy long pants
- 1 light weight jacket (jean jackets are perfect)
- Something light weight to sleep in
*No more than six total.
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