Preparing for a mission trip can be nerve-racking, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve developed a list to turn those nerves into excitement! Here are 10 things to consider when preparing for an upcoming mission trip.
- The needs: Passport, Visa, Shots, & your Driver’s License.
First, make sure you have an updated passport. Second, research your destination to determine if you‘ll need to get a Visa prior to arrival. Third, communicate with your trip leader to see which shots are required prior to departure, and schedule appointments accordingly. Fourth, make sure you have your driver’s license at all times.
- Research the cultural climate of your destination.
Before you start packing your favorite pair of sandals, make sure you know the modesty standards of the country you are traveling to. Some countries may be more conservative than others, and you want to make sure you respect their local culture.
- Research the weather climate of your destination.
Modesty is always important to remember, but also consider how hot or cold your destination is. Research the climate, terrain, and winds. When selecting items to bring, knowing the weather patterns will help you immensely.
- Pack comfortably.
When you’re unsure about how to dress, the safest bet is to dress comfortably. When traveling in a place other than home, it’s best to assume you’ll be walking more than normal. So, pack with that in mind.
- Pack an extra set of clothes & toiletries in your carry-on.
Although you hope that you and/or your airline won’t lose your luggage, it’s always best to be cautious. Having an extra set of clothes and toiletries can save you lots of time and hassle if your luggage is late or lost.
- Pack a “nice” outfit for church (or two)
When you think of a mission trip, you may not think slacks and a dress shirt, but it may be beneficial to have a somewhat dressy outfit on hand for Sunday church. Depending on how long you’re there, you may need two.
- Be prepared to mix and match.
Do not pack in one-day outfits. Throw in several tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched. Making an outfit last more than a day will make your trip a lot more relaxed.
- Physically and Spiritually prepare your body.
Preparing physically and spiritually are vitally important to your mission trip. Make sure you are fueling your body with foods that will give you energy and nutrients. Pack aids that will give you the vitamins and minerals you need. Pray daily for the Lord to protect you and your team on your trip, and to prepare your heart and mind for the experiences you’ll have.
- Bible & a journal.
As important as it is to have your bible handy, it is equally handy to bring a journal. Throughout your trip, you may want to write down prayers, thoughts, and even what God is doing in your heart. Make sure you know your destinations stance on what kind of religious materials you may bring into the country, and pack accordingly.
- Bring your sense of flexibility.
Planning out every little thing may not be the best approach. Mission trips are known for being “not at all what you expected!” Be ready for God to shake some things up, and prepare your heart for Him to do the unexpected!
Lastly, consult your trip leader if you’re confused or have any questions during your trip preparation. They are there to help! They’ll make sure you feel equipped and excited as you prepare to spread the hope and love of Christ across the world.