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    Russia tends to require lots of walking, so the less you bring the better. We will also be bringing a number of supplies with us: Bibles, videos, booklets, etc, so leave some room for a dozen Bibles/videos. You can use the extra room to carry gifts and souvenirs home!

    We will be traveling on trains, and sometimes subways, so you should be able to carry all you own things for up to one mile. 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. No exceptions!

    Internal frame backpacks are the best type of luggage. Bags with shoulder straps, or preferably with wheels, are also excellent. A luggage carrier could also be a great idea.

    Lost luggage is somewhat rare, but not unheard of. Having one change of clothing and some toiletries in your carry-on bag is suggested. A passport wallet or money belt is essential.
    Russians do dress nicely but have very few clothes. Out of respect, only bring a fraction of your wardrobe. A huge pile of luggage attracts attention.

    Moscow summers are not too hot, and can cool way down at night or during a storm. Bring jeans and a sweater, as well as a light rain jacket. Also bring slacks/skirt for church.

    You might be doing your laundry by hand, so choose your clothes accordingly. People in Moscow live normal lives, so there is little reason to bring long term supplies of essentials like soap, shampoo, detergent, and toilet paper. Travel amounts (2 weeks) are enough. However, deodorant, contact solution, and medicines are hard to come by, so bring what you need of these items.

    Suggested Items

    This is a suggested list. Not all items are needed, or exclusive. You might think of something to bring that is not listed.

    • Snack food (granola bars, instant soup, etc.)
    • Instant drink mixes (tea, juice, etc.)

    Bring whatever you use for your daily routine that you don’t want to live without for the summer. It needs to last you for 6-7 weeks. If you’re brand-loyal, you might be out of luck on that particular brand if you run out. However, they do sell shampoo, soap, etc. in Russia so you’ll be okay.

    • Toothpaste/toothbrush
    • Shampoo/conditioner
    • Hair gel, hairspray, shaving cream, etc.
    • Hairbrush
    • Deodorant
    • Soap (regular and face soap if you use it)
    • Lotion
    • Antibacterial products (this is handy in Russia)
    • First aid stuff (don’t go overboard here – a few band-aids will suffice)
    • Make-up
    • Feminine products
    • Razors
    • Medicine, cold medicine, Advil constipation/diarrhea medicine (again, don’t go overboard)
    • Sunscreen

    * Don’t forget to bring a towel that you aren’t emotionally attached to that will go to the beach some and you may use it for showering. Russian towels are sometimes the size of a dish towel!

    • 3-4 pairs of jeans
    • 1-2 pairs of shorts (Russians don’t wear shorts)
    • 2-3 skirts or dresses
    • 7-8 shirts (not T-shirts)
    • 2-3 long sleeve / ¾ sleeve shirts (long sleeve denim shirt would be nice. You will want to layer.)
    • 1 sweater/cardigan
    • 1 lightweight rain jacket
    • Socks
    • Belts
    • Pajamas
    • Underwear
    • A nice outfit to wear to church
    • Nice T-shirts
    • 1 modest, one-piece swimsuit (and pool/beach accessories to go with it)

    Don’t go overboard because you can get almost anything in Moscow.

    NOTE: Russians dress very nicely. Girls, you will want to look and feel cute. Don’t be afraid to bring some of your favorite articles of clothing!


    We will be walking a lot. Comfort is the key!

    • 1-2 pairs running/walking shoes
    • 1-2 pairs nice/fun shoes for dresses & skirts
    • 1 pair sandals/flip flops (not common in Russia)

    Comfort and simplicity are the keys for making your summer fun and enjoyable!

    • Mosquito repellent
    • CD or MP3 player/iPod
    • Camera and batteries or battery charger
    • Small inexpensive gifts to give new friends (see below)
    • Pictures of family and friends (put together one small flip album-the Russians will love this!)
    • Backpack
    • Passport holder for traveling
    • Books (Don’t be an over-achiever here; they get heavy.)
    • Addresses of friends & supporters (e-mail and street addresses)
    • Journal
    • Notebook
    • Bible
    • Pens
    • Alarm clock (a waterproof alarm watch may be better than a travel alarm)
    • Spices (just a few like Lowry’s or garlic salt to make your food taste better)
    • Cologne/perfume
    Small and Inexpensive Gifts for the Nationals

    Such as school T-shirts or other small gifts. You will want to give something to your friends before you leave. Ideas include key chains, post cards or note cards, university logo stuff, stickers, etc. Just make a trip to the University Bookstore before you go and pick up some fun stuff to give away to your friends.

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