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Staff Picks: What We Won’t Leave the Country Without

We’ve already given you our list of 11 Essentials for your Mission Trip Packing List and the 6 Things to NOT Bring. Here, our seasoned YWAM staff plug their must-have items.

 

8. Nalgene water bottle

A durable water bottle is a must, and while there are lots of options out there, the most common one you’ll see is the tried-and-true, nearly-indestructible Nalgene. Grab an unusual color so you won’t get yours mixed up with someone else’s.

 

7. Chaco sandals

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They ford raging rivers, they climb mountains, they pair with jeans or those long, culturally-appropriate skirts (although the fashion police may beg to differ) – lots of our YWAM staff swear by their Chacos. They’re comfortable and they last for years – but be sure to try on a pair before you invest: not everyone loves the way they feel.

6. Protein

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“I always travel with a bag of almonds. They are easy to carry, you can eat one at a time or a whole handful and they are full of protein.”
– Andy, YWAM Louisville’s Director & Resident Frequent Flier

 

 

“Two words: bacon jerky.”
– Ben, YWAM Missionary & Carnivore

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5. Lonely Planet guidebook

Whether you’re navigating public transportation or national history, the Lonely Planet guidebooks are invaluable resources – our team leaders always have one in their backpacks. Lonely Planet phrasebooks are great, too, but be forewarned – they usually have a section with phrases for, er, “romancing” the locals that we feel compelled to tear out and throw away.

4. Coffee gear

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“I’ll eat whatever I’m served, I’ll wash my hair in a bucket, but don’t make me settle for a lousy cup of coffee. My hand grinder and Aeropress mean a fresh americano every morning – provided I don’t run out of coffee beans!”
– Libby, YWAM Missionary & Shameless Coffee Snob

Other staff travel with a small French press or Starbucks VIA packets.

 

3. A Good Journal

“I always bring my journal (sometimes two) and plenty of pens. It’s not that I record what has happened each day, but it’s my favorite way to process and express what is going on around me. ”
– Molly, YWAM Missionary & Creative Expression Expert

“In my heart there is an eagerness to hear from the Lord, especially in new ways on outreach. I want to be able to remember all the details!”
– Anna, YWAM Missionary & Lifelong Learner

2. Adventure Medical Kit

“Bumps and nicks are part of travel, especially with a family.  Never knowing how far I am from medical care, this little kit serves its purpose.”
– Rob, YWAM Mission Trip Coordinator, Adventurer, & Dad

1. Nailpolish

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…or whatever little extra takes the edge off of roughing it. Chocolate. A nice scarf that coordinates with most of your clothes. Single-use face mask packets. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll appreciate the opportunity to treat yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a must-have item that you always make room for? Let us know!

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