Mission Trip Packing List

You’re getting ready to go on a mission trip. How exciting! You have completed just about everything necessary to get ready to go, except for packing. Perhaps it’s because you have no idea what to pack because it’s your first trip. Maybe it’s because there are 163,000,000+ Google search results (I’m not exaggerating) related to packing for travel and it’s overwhelming. Either way, we’ve got you covered. The list below will help you pack what you need to go on your mission trip.

Before packing, check your airline’s luggage size and weight requirements. Each airline has its own restrictions as to quantity, size and weight. Some carry-on policies restrict bag weights to 11 lbs. or less and in other countries, airlines use a weight system that might add the weight of your carry-on to your checked baggage. If your flights utilize more than one airline, check the requirements of all of them.

Here is what you might want to pack in your checked luggage:


Be sure to bring clothing appropriate for the culture of the country(ies) where you are travelling.

    • Pants/Capris/Long Skirts
    • Modest Shirts/Blouses
    • Sturdy, Comfortable Shoes
    • Socks
    • Pajamas
    • Underwear
    • Clothing and Shoes for Church

Toiletries (in a zip-lock baggie or a zipped plastic-lined bag in case of spills or leaks)

    • Shampoo
    • Shower Gel or Bar Soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Feminine Products


    • Jacket
    • Poncho or Raincoat
    • Hat or Bandana
    • Sunglasses

First Aid Kit

Small Packable Backpack

Hand Sanitizer

Shower Shoes/Flip Flops




Insect Repellant






Language Dictionary

Water Bottle

Pocket Flashlight

Copy of Passport

Copy of Photo ID

Copy of International Travel Insurance Policy

What to bring in your carry on:

Extra change of clothes

Roll of toilet paper

Travel Documents (Purchase your travel tickets in the exact same name that appears on your passport or official ID. Ensure that all travel documents match that name precisely.)

    • Photo ID
    • Itinerary
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Receipts or registration (CBP Form 4457) for new electronics, such as a camera or laptop, that you are taking abroad. (Only suggested if the goods are less than six months old.)
    • Medications in their original packages. Prescription medications have to be under the traveler’s name.
    • Airline Ticket confirmation
    • Birth Certificate for accompanying children under 16


Travel size liquid toiletries (3.4 oz or smaller and must fit in quart size clear zip top bag according to TSA rules. For more helpful TSA tips, check out “How to Easily Get Through TSA Airport Security.”)

Travel/Neck Pillow

Universal Travel Adapter

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