Guatemala Mission Trip- Packing List

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Well, today marks 10 days until I leave for my 25 day missions trip to Guatemala. These last few weeks have consisted of many sleepless nights making long packing lists, and counting my concerns, but mostly filled with anticipating the excitement of this new adventure.

As I continually pray about this exciting trip, God has begun to open my eyes to the opportunities that this new Country holds for me. My relationship with God has grown enormously while planning for this trip, and as I see God’s plan for my life unfold, it is hard to hold back my eagerness to fulfill His will.

Throughout the last 5 months of mentally and emotionally preparing for this trip, I have tried to imagine what it’ll be like to live, eat, and serve in Guatemala, but it’s hard to even imagine what situations will occur, so the only thing I have found to help my anxiety is prayer.

Being a list-kinda-girl has actually benefited me in this sort of situation, as now, even more than a week before I leave, I know exactly what I am going to bring. For most trips I have been on, I have always, packed too much. Whether its too many shirts, pants, or shoes, I constantly I have outfits that I don’t actually wear. With saying this I have been studying my packing list so far, and it seems pretty accurate to what I will be NEEDING on this trip.

So, after all that, here’s the list of essentials to pack while going on a Missions Trip:

Toiletries:

Makeup (Keep it minimal!)

Here’s what I’m bringing:

  • Mascara (Waterproof and Non-Waterproof)
  • CC Cream
  • Makeup Brushes

Skin/ Hair/Body Care

  • Face Washing Routine Products
  • Makeup Pads (for washing off mascara)
  • Makeup Remover
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Razors
  • Lotion (I rarely go a day without it!)
  • Lip Chap (EOS all the way!)
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Brush
  • Elastics (I’m bringing like a million because you can NEVER have enough)
  • Bobby Pins
  • A Headband
  • Dry Shampoo (literally a life saver)
  • Floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush (i’m bringing 2 just in case)
  • Q-Tips
  • Face Cloths
  • A Thin Towel (preferably one that can fold easily in your suitcase and dry quickly)

Medicine/Health:

Vitamins

This would be different for everyone, but heres what I’ll bring:

  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C

Medicine

Unfamiliar food, especially in other Countries, can be upsetting to your stomach, so here’s what I’m bringing to be sure I don’t have any sick days or sleepless nights:

  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tums
  • Melatonin
  • Advil

First Aid Stuff/Other

  • Bandaids
  • Polysporn
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sleep Mask
  • Ear Plugs

Clothing:

This category is probably the one that varies the most from person to person. For my trip, I know I will be able to wash my laundry about once a week, so in saying that, here’s my plan:

Shirts

  • 6x T-Shirts
  • 1x Long Sleeve Shirt (for cooler morning and evenings)
  • 1x Sweater (just in case)
  • 4x Tank Tops for Under Shirts (2 white and 2 black)

Pants

  • 3x Jogger Pants (IN LOVE with these type of pants right now! They are so comfy and airy so they will be wonderful to work in)
  • 2x Jean Capris
  • 2x Jeans (For working and Cooler days)
  • 2x Maxi Skirt (for church)
  • 1x Sweat Pants (Not a huge fan of sweat pants, but these will be for cool nights or early mornings)

Underclothing

This would obviously be different for everyone, but I’m bringing:

  • 14x Underwear
  • 13x Socks (including 4 Pairs for wearing with flats, 7 normal socks for with runners, and 2 pairs of fuzzy socks, because who goes on a trip without these!)
  • 6x Bras (4 Sport Bras which I will probably be living in, and 2 normal ones)

Jackets

  • Rain Jacket (very compact so perfect to throw in my backpack for any surprise shower of rain)
  • Hoodie (not very flattering, but perfect for wearing during breakfast and at night)
  • Sweater (just a plain ol’ sweater I can throw on if I get cold)

Shoes

Most mission-trip-adventurers would suggest to bring a pair of sandals for walking, but I, myself, and NOT a fan of open toed shoes when walking on streets in Guatemala, so i will not be packing any sandals.

  • 2x Dexflex (<thats the brand<) Flats- My most favourite shoes of all time! I buy these Shoes at Payless Shoe Store for only about $25, but they are incredibly comfortable and quite stylish If I do say so myself!
  • 1x Flip Flops (for showering)
  • My Nike Runners- With so much support, so they are perfect for walking long distances!

Other

  • 2x Dresses (for church)
  • A workout outfit (for the occasional run I may be able to go on)
  • A swimsuit (I think we are having 1 or 2 beach/pool days, so I’m just bringing 1)
  • A swimsuit coverup (consisting of a dress or maybe a wrap skirt)

Entertainment/Important Items:

I have done my research on packing important things when travelling to different countries, and I learned it is ALWAYS a good idea to bring everything that you could not “live without” in your carry on bag. Sometimes bags can be lost or even stolen, so for me, I will be packing all my important items with me on the plane.

  • Laptop, Case, and Charger (I will be videoing and photographing this trip, so I need it to be able to edit)
  • Phone and Charger (if you are heading to a different country, google if you will need a plug adapter. For Guatemala the plugs are the same, so I do not need one)
  • Headphones
  • Bible
  • Journal, Pens, and Pencils (A must have for missions)
  • Book for entertainment (I will be bringing a book called, “Kisses from Katie”)
  • The book I had to read and study for this trip
  • Memory sticks (to download pics onto)
  • Camera and Case
  • Camera Batteries and Charger (It is ALWAYS a good plan to bring extra batteries. I am bringing 3 batteries total for my camera)
  • Video Camera (My Canon Camera does NOT contain a video camera on it :(, so I will be bringing a handheld video camera)
  • Memory Cards for Videos and Pictures (I will be bringing 4- 2x 8GB ones, 1x 16GB, and 1x 32 GB one)
  • Passport (always a good idea to bring on a trip ;))
  • Money for Gifts, snacks, and Laundry (remember to bring Clean, Crisp Bills, because in some places, bent or folded bills will not be accepted)
  • Gift for Host Family (Its nice to be able to thank the people you’re staying with)

Uncategorized Items:

  • Garbage and Ziplock Bags (you NEVER know when these could come in very handy!)
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Water bottle (I’m bringing 2 just in case)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand Wipes (for when soap and water are unavailable)
  • Deck of Cards (for the plane)
  • Language Phrasebook (pretty important if you’re not fluent in the language the Country uses)
  • Nail Polish (for you and other little girlies you may meet)
  • Snacks that you love (for the plane and to treat yourself after a long day)

 

If you have any comments or tips for going on Mission Trips please let me know!

 

 

 

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