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15 Essentials for your Carry-on Luggage

In the world of travel there are a several kinds of packers. This includes those who pack last minute (almost literally), those who are all packed one month in advance, those who are always over prepared, and those who arrive at their destination and within a day have to go to the store because they realized they need items they though they could go without. In the mix of these and all other packing styles are those that pack carry-ons and those that don’t.

A carry-on may feel like an extra thing to carry, or an inconvenience. It also takes more time in planning ahead. If you can relate, here are two reasons why you should give the carry-on camp a second chance:

  1. On those 10+ hour long haul flights, whether it’s to freshen up or if something spills on your shirt, having a change of clothes can make a world of difference.
  2. Lost luggage is a real thing! Maybe you haven't experienced it or even know people that have. It's rare, but some people around here have had their own experiences with lost luggage. Sure, it might not be super common but when it does happen, it can be a huge bummer.

 

Whichever packing style fits you, if you don’t normally pack a carry-on, we suggest you do!

 

From our own experiences, here’s what we recommend packing in your carry-on:

1. Clothes

For long flights, a fresh outfit can be nice so you're not in the same clothes for longer than 24 hours. Just in case your luggage gets lost, you want to have a couple of outfits you can rotate until you're reunited with it. If you include nothing else, make sure you have at least a pair of fresh socks if you'll be wearing closed toed shoes and a pair of underwear. In the event of lost luggage, having an extra pair of pants and two shirts is helpful, too.

Planes can get cold so we also recommend having a sweater/ sweatshirt for warmth. Your socks will come in handy here, too. You can wear a sweater or tie it around your waist so it won’t count as a personal or carry-on item. Packing a small bag with fresh clothes in your carry-on is worth it!

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2. Refillable water bottle

Things in airports tend to be more expensive including food and water, so rather than buying bottles of water, you can bring a refillable one. Most airports will have water fountains or shops where you can ask someone to fill your water bottle. If you’re concerned about space, there are collapsible bottles you can look into (like this one), or, clip a bottle to the outside of your bag. It's really easy to get dehydrated while traveling but you don't have to. A water bottle is worth the space!

3. Snacks

For tight layovers or small hankerings, be sure to pack a few snacks. International travel means there are certain snacks you won’t be allowed to bring (ie: produce, meat products, liquids or spreads over 3 oz) but nuts, dried fruit, bars, meat sticks, beef jerky and chocolate can be good options. Traveling internationally also means the snacks you like may not be available overseas, so bring some you'd enjoy even if you don't get to eating them while traveling.

Bring things that won't get smashed by other things in your bag. Often times, your flights will offer snacks. Don't be afraid to ask for extras if you're hungry! Usually they are happy to give them to you.

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4. Passport 

... and other important travel documents (visa, boarding passes, any other physical tickets, directions, itinerary, travel insurance). If you're not traveling internationally, you don't need a passport, but boarding passes and travel documents (like if you're renting a car or a hotel room) are very helpful! If you have a way to organize them, awesome, if not, just know where they are. Most things are electronic these days but it's good to have paper copy just in case something happens to your devices.

PRO TIP- always have a paper copy.

5. Money

...and other valuables.

It's usually nice to have some cash on hand to exchange at the airport for your immediate needs until you can go somewhere to get more local currency. At airports, they usually take bills that are $20 USD and greater so keep that in mind as you prepare. If your suitcase gets lost and there's something you don’t want to be without, pack it in your carry-on.

PRO TIP- call your bank before departure so your card doesn't get frozen for suspicious activity, and, make sure you've insured any valuables you're concerned about getting lost or stolen.

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6. Headphones/earphones

If you're on a flight with on-board enterainment, they'll have a complimentary option, but, you'd get better sound and confort from packing your own plugs.

PRO TIP- using wireless? Bring a corded pair or bluetooth receiver to use on the plane.

7. Portable charging options

(and charging block, cable, travel converter)

Usually it’s pretty easy to find an outlet but if you’re on the move or the seat you're waiting for your next flight in isn’t next to an outlet, it’s nice to have a portable charger. Once you go to a different country the outlets may be different so having a converter will be handy once you’re international. When using digital travel documents, you'll need to keep your devices charged. And, those who care about you want to know when you've reached your destination.

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8. Lotion 

(and other moisturizers)

Planes can be dry! Even if you don't normally use lotion and chapstick, bring them in your carry-on. What's worse than kankles from long-haul flights? Dry kankles. Scented lotion can also help you feel like you haven't been traveling for 20+ hours. Little things like hydrated skin can keep you feeling like traveling has taken it's full toll on you.

9. Toiletries

Some long-haul flights will provide a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, and mouth wash. Regardless, it’s worth bringing your own. Mid-travel or once you reach your destination, it’s nice to have the option to freshen up if you want to.

To Refresh: facial wipes, toothbrush / toothpaste (< 3 oz.) / floss, dry shampoo (<3 oz. and no aerosole), deoderant. 

Ladies: Hair ties or clips, Feminine products.

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10. Medication

If you use medication for anything, take it with you. Remember the odds of loosing your luggage are slim but in case you do, these are things you can't go with out. You don't need to pack more than a week's worth, but think ahead and give yourself a little extra.

When traveling you may be prone to stomach issues, allergies, pain, anything. These items can be found in airports but are often times expensive, so planning ahead and bringing your own can save you money that'd, let's be honest, you'd rather spend on good food and souvenirs!

11. Wipes & Hand Sanitizer

Again, with long-haul travel, it's easy to start feeling yucky. As weird as it may sound, from our missions experience, we can tell you that baby wipes can be a life-saver when it comes to feeling fresh. If you've ever had to go on a 4-day trek with no showers, a baby wipe could be the difference between sleeping with a layer of dirt attached to you and feeling like you showered that morning.

Hand sanitizer is essential, period, but with COVID-19, it is even more essential for staying healthy and clean.

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12. Entertainment

Think Kindle, book, laptop, tablet, journal & pen. Anything that's going to help keep you entertained but not take up too much space. These can be purchased while traveling but it's better to go ahead and plan for the space.

 

PRO TIP- download movies/shows/music beforehand while you have wifi.

13. Sleeping Aids

This could include a blindfold, earplugs, and travel pillow. Again, with long-haul flights, some airlines will provide things like eye masks and ear plugs, but that's not guaranteed. Bringing them yourself could save you and those around you from a tired version of you. Look in to blow up travel pillows if you’re concerned about space. You can usually clip a travel pillow onto the outside of your backpack so it doesn’t have to take up space inside.

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14. Camera

Most of us have cameras on us all the time now (hello, smart phones). Don't feel like you need to pack a nice DSLR if you don't have one, this is definitely optional, but we've heard people say they like having a camera on them to document moments of travel. Although, if you are bringing a DSLR or camera besides a smart phone, imagine if it gets lost. Yeah, let's pack that in the carry-on.

15. Mints/Gum

Sometimes fresh breath needs to happen when water and a sink aren't available. Mints or gum are sure to do the trick when you're in these little snafus. Let your mouth feel refreshed beyond having to spend time brushing your teeth each time! With air travel, the change in atmospheric pressure can cause your ears to pop. Chewing gum tends to make this more bearable, but, studies today suggest alternatives.

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Now you are all set for maximum travel success even if your luggage doesn’t make it with you. Anything you'd add to this list from your own experiences? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Encourage a Missionary

I still remember being a 6 year old kid with both eyes and mouth wide open in excitement and joy as our friends opened their bags full of presents for us. Did they really come...
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Should You Do a Discipleship Training School?

You may have just graduated and have a couple options in front of you but aren't sure which one will help you get the most out of your life. Maybe you're at a crossroads, or...
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From Bolivia: Everyone Can Come In

Our first week in Bolivia was spent at a boys street kids home, ages 11-19, sharing testimonies, teaching and playing games. These boys had no choice but to live on the streets to escape their...
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5 Ways to Ruin a Mission Trip

It’s coming soon: your summer mission trip. You’ve been looking forward to it for months. You’ve seen the pictures, heard the stories, and everyone says the same thing: going on a mission trip will change...
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Going On a Mission Trip? 11 Essentials for Your Packing List

What do I pack? It’s a common question for those preparing for a summer mission trip. In the midst of all the suitcases and granola bars, we thought we'd share some "what-to-bring" tips for anyone...
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The City is Alive

“The people who live in Louisville love it and they’re passionate about it. She’s a city that’s comfortable in her own skin. Louisville’s a city that isn’t trying to be anything more than what it...
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The Tipping Point

This past month, myself and four others set out for Fiji to share what God placed in our hearts during our Bible School for the Nations. Out of a month long stay, we spent two weeks...
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9:30 P.M. On A Wednesday Night

“God will use whatever He wants to display His glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems.” —Max Lucado ​God is constant -even when life brings unexpected twists. As I was preparing to...
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Tips For Traveling With Kids

Are we there yet? This is a question a child usually asks when traveling, but one a parent will begin to rehearse in their mind if not prepared for traveling! Before you begin to worry about...
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How to Hear the Voice of God

I remember the first time I sat down to spend time with God with the full intention of hearing what he had to say. I had my Bible, my journal, my cup of coffee; I...
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True Success In Planning

In a World that expects success and scorns the idle, planning remains key. Life seems too short to let your dreams and aspirations be left to chance or faith. Right? Why not just plan it...
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What Are the Benefits of a Gap Year?

It's a longstanding tradition in England, an accepted norm in Europe and beyond. But in fast-paced, career-driven America, the "gap year" – an intentional buffer between high school and college - isn't quite so mainstream. But the gap year has gained some...
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Can I Do Missions?

“I wasn’t made to be a missionary,” I told her. “I’m not good enough to do that type of stuff.” Four years ago, talking on the phone with my friend that was trying to get...
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A Legacy of Passion

“There was once a woman who was pursued by two men. Both claimed to love her, both declared their undying passion. One day while they both were visiting, contending to win her over, the door...
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Launched into My Calling

When I was a kid, I loved being outside and playing games with my siblings. One of our favorite activities was jumping on the trampoline behind our house. Spare moments would be quickly spent by...
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Do You Know the Father’s Delight?

The Father’s pleasure is so important: to know, to understand and to receive. Yet few of us live from it. We walk in the lie that we have to work for God to love us...
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Is Rest Really That Important?

Over the past few weeks, God has been speaking to me about a vital command that I believe changes everything about our walk with Him (this is a pretty high claim, so just bear with me on...
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Your True Name

Lift up your head, O Amsterdam! Cast off your shame like a cloak; Let it fall from your shoulders As the ‪shadows fall‬ from the trees under the noonday sun. Let your righteousness shine like...
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The Power of a Prayer

It was a Tuesday afternoon in Cyprus. One of our Discipleship Training School students, Patrick, and I went throughout the city to do surveys with people as a way to connect and share the Gospel....
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A New Status Quo

Finish high school, go to college, find a husband, graduate, get married, have kids, live my life as a housewife, maybe use my degree on the side. This is what I thought my life was...
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A Family Calling

Our hotel owner had a look about her that said something in her heart wasn't quite right. She didn’t show much emotion, and was usually pretty cold and distant. Every morning when we would go...
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The Land of the Rising Sun

Back in November 2017, I was given a very sudden and special opportunity to join a team from YWAM Sarasota on their very first scouting trip to Japan.  This trip was an answer to sixteen...
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Captivated and Victorious

I am a raging war zone. My heart screams for a cease fire, while my head demands a body count. I have been condemned to no man’s land. My soul has acquired a Forlorn Hope,...
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I Know the Plans I Have for You

Are you in a place where you are wondering if God will come through for you? Or perhaps you’ve been asking if God really has plans for your life? Today, I want to share with you...
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The Chic, The Geeks, and Everyone In Between

Use your imagination with me for just a few minutes. Close your eyes and picture a big group of people. Do they all look the same, or are they each different? Are they all the...
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6 Practical Tips to Pay for Your Mission Trip

6 Practical Tips to Pay for Your Mission Trip  what seems like a nice "trust-in-Jesus" truism is often a cop-out. Too often we’ve seen people back out of a mission trip because the funds didn’t...
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Reading through the New Testament (Free Printable Plan)

Two days from now, we’ll wrap up the Old Testament reading challenge we tackled in 2017. Our YWAM staff family has not only grown in discipline and knowledge as we’ve read together; more than anything,...
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That’s Who Jesus Is

"That's who Jesus is." It hit me like a ton of bricks. "That's who Jesus is." I didn't realize how deeply I needed to hear those words. It was like all my fears and insecurities...
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What NOT To Bring On A Mission Trip

Your suitcase will be strapped on top of a van, toted across the country in a train’s overhead rack, or cluttering the few square feet of floor space in a shared dorm room. The point?...
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I Don’t Want To Change

My life was pretty simple and I was okay with it. I grew up in a Christian family that went to church every Sunday, attended Christian school and acted as if everything was “good.” Except...

How YWAM Ruined My Life

When I think about the time I spent in Youth With A Mission (YWAM), I am overwhelmed with gratitude and so many other emotions. It is astounding how much God can do when we hand...
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The Fear That Consumed

When I was a little girl, I had an unnatural fear of death.  Not the kind of fear that all young kids inevitably face - the fear of one day growing old and slowly fading...
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From Druggie To Discipleship Maker

My life was not what it appeared. I went to church every Sunday because my parents made me go. I knew the stories, but I hated church. It was boring, full of old people, oh...
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Men in Missions

It was early winter, sometime in the late 20th century (1990’s, people). I stood on the battle field surveying my conquest of evil hordes, my sword and shield in hand. The enemy had come to...

Where Are The Men?

Here at YWAM Louisville we run five missionary training schools a year. They’re life-changing programs that only last five months and include the opportunity to make an impact overseas. But here’s the sad truth: in...
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“Left, Right, or Straight?”

Adventure. What comes to mind when you hear that? It makes me excited and ready to go! I think of traveling and seeing beautiful things, trying to communicate with people who don’t speak my language,...
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I met Jesus on my first mission trip.

It was the summer right before my senior year, and I thought I had my life figured out. I’d graduate high school, go to college, and become an elementary teacher. But as I crossed the...
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Never Be Shaken

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2 I’m sharing this verse before anything...
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Beautiful Freedom: How God Changed My Lifestyle

This wasn’t what I thought. Going into my Discipleship Training School (DTS), I thought I was simply learning how to be a missionary. While I was looking forward to all of DTS, my focus was...
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His Plans > my plans

If you have ever met me you would know my passion runs deep for children. I desire to love the little ones who have nobody to love them and to care for the children that...
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My One Desire

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love… Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found amoung us. If we...
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Real Dating: 10 Tips & Honest Advice

Dating today is faster than it’s ever been before. With all the technology that we have now, it’s easier to speed up the dating process. Finding a suitable romantic partner has been reduced to a...
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How to Build a Simple Budget: 3 Tips and Free Template

I get it!  Budgets and the process of making them can be more than most of us want to think about.  Nothing about the word budget excites us and if we’re honest, it makes us...
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From Fearful to Fighter

Intercession? It’s something I’m passionate about and it’s something we down play. What is it? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, intercession means: “prayer, petition or entreaty in favor of another.” In short, it means praying on...
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The Unmerited Truth

We're starting a new blog series here at YWAM Louisville called "Passions" where we ask our staff members to share with us about what they're passionate about. This week, we asked one of our newer staff...
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From South Africa: Can you pray for my daughter?

Our teams are back! These past few days our houses have been packed full with people and it sure isn't quiet around here anymore. The staff and students look darker from all the walking under...
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From Chile: God is With Us

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) and School of Ministry Development (SOMD) students have been out of the country for the last 5 weeks. Of course we miss them, but we couldn't be happier that they're...
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What Does a Mission Trip Actually Look Like?

Outreach can be a fun adventure filled with excitement. I mean think about it. You’re out there in the middle of nowhere in some foreign country, getting immersed in a new culture that you’ve never...
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Social Media On Mission

Oh, social media! For many of us it feels like both a blessing and a curse – especially while we're on a mission trip. It's great staying connected with folks back home, but it's easy to...
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New year, new what?

Like many of you, I've been asked the same question year after year: “What is my New Year Resolution?” It’s a simple enough question, but why is it so hard to answer? It feels like...
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Reading Through the Bible: 6 Tips & Printable Plan

Here at YWAM Louisville, we’ve resolved to grow in knowing God’s Word in 2017. So we're tackling a challenge: together, we’ll read chronologically through the Old Testament and Christ’s birth. Want to join us? Download the...
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A Wedding for the War-Weary

This anonymous dispatch was written by a co-laborer reaching out to Syrian refugees in a nation not far from theirs. There is a wedding today. He is the son of a friend’s aunt I met months ago....
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What to Do When You’ve Blown It

We've all had that sinking feeling: "Oh, shoot, I messed that up!" You know that ache in your heart, the internal questions. What are they thinking? How do I make this up? You've probably wondered if there's...
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Write Email Updates that People Actually Read

Write Email Updates that People Actually Read If you’re like me, your own inbox is currently cluttered with missionary e-letters that you’ll never even read. Ah, technology – what a gift to the missionary! Gone...
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What is your favorite…..?

Everyone's experience in a Discipleship Training School is unique and we love to hear different perspectives from our students on what their highlights are. We asked around and here are some of the answers we got...
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Afraid of public speaking?

You know that moment: you step in front of a group of people and, whether there are 20 or 200, your heart drops. If it’s fundraising, promoting a cause, or sharing a mission trip testimony, you need to be...
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The Secret to Happiness

I’ll be happy when… ...I get out of my parent’s house. ...I get that new car. ...I get a new job. ...I get a girlfriend or boyfriend. ...I get married. ...people start treating me differently...
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How to write a Newsletter

You've just had a once in a lifetime experience. You will never be the same, and you want others to know about it. You want them to feel what you felt, to see what you...

Labels

How do you see yourself? What are your first thoughts in the morning, when you look in the mirror, when you’re eating a meal? What do you see? Is it someone you would want to...
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Relationships: Worth the Fight

I had been provoked, so I snapped. To this day I don’t remember what I said to my sibling, but I know it wasn’t kind. I left fuming. It only took a couple of minutes...
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My Five Worst Fundraising Fails

I hear it all the time from people considering a YWAM DTS. “Where’s the money going to come from?” My testimony after 16 years of servings as a YWAM missionary is this: God has never left me hanging....
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From Central Asia: “Why are you so happy?”

"Why are you so happy?" When I sat at the table in the midst of laughter, food and conversation, I had no idea this question would come up, but I'm glad it did. We met...
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Understanding Grace

Four years ago this January, I did my Discipleship Training School (DTS) here at YWAM Louisville.  It was an experience I’ll never forget, and one that I’m still reaping the blessings of. The Lord used...
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Ruined For the Ordinary

When I came to Discipleship Training School (DTS), I was angry and bitter.  My life wasn't easy that way, and yet it was still the way I chose to live. Why? Because that meant I...
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The King and the Girl

When I entered Central Asia, I was very afraid. I was afraid of being rejected by people.  I feared that I would let my team down, or that I would not be able to build...
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An Olympian named Eric Liddell

Every couple years there is great anticipation and excitement as the world's greatest athletes compete against one another in the Olympic games. For the athletes who leave for the games, we often hear their stories...
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Tuning Our Hearts to Worship

A few months ago, I came to terms with the fact that I really do like pop music. As I constantly listened to this mainstream radio music, I found myself feeling distant from the Lord,...
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What’s the Point?

Have you ever felt like what you're doing is pointless? Sitting in math class in the 10th grade, I remember constantly asking my teacher how the math problems we were doing would help me in...
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A Glimpse At The World’s Religion

As missionaries, it is important that we have an understanding of what the world believes.  We need to be able to momentarily pick up the lenses through which believers of Islam, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics,...
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Blessed To Be A Blessing

As we were setting up for our community night in Appalachia, one of my friends called out to me, jumping up and down with a big grin on her face. I kindly, smiled back, not...
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The Week My Life Changed

Jaron's first experience with Youth With A Mission Louisville was a week-long outreach we ran in the early summer of 2012. He signed up for a week of serving and growing in relationship with Jesus. Check...
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The 4 Greatest Tools For Every Missionary

What does it take to be a missionary? This is one of the many questions we run into when thinking or talking about missions work and what it takes. Here are a couple of the...
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Why Don’t You Ask Me To Heal You?

While I was on my Discipleship Training School outreach in East Asia, God revealed to me that I have anger in my heart toward Him about my genetic syndrome. I have something called Ehlers Danlos...
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How Do I Learn a New Language?

As missionaries, we are consistently around other languages as we travel around the world and share our hope in Jesus with others. We hear Spanish, German, Turkish, Mandarin, Afrikaans, Czech, Tamil, Greek, and more. As...
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Technology and Missions

"Since God is a missionary God, God's people are a missionary people." - Eddy Ho Since the beginning of creation, God has been on a mission. When He created people, He desired to know them and...
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Why Biblical Theology Matters

Exalting Christ In Sound Doctrine. In the sixth grade, I became very fond of a girl in one of my classes.  As a kid with big curly hair and heavily magnifying glasses, I knew that...
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Do Mission Trips Actually Make a Difference?

What do you think of when you think of mission trips? Do you think of beaches and beautiful experiences? Do you envision holding babies or working construction? Do you think of God moving throughout the world,...
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Unreached.

In many Christian circles today, you may hear people talking about reaching the "unreached," or you might have become acquainted with the phrase, “unreached people groups."  But what exactly does that mean? According to JoshuaProject.net, a people...
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7 Phrases to Know Before Going Overseas

Going overseas involves a lot of new things: new food, new people, new culture, new climates, new sites to see, and new languages. It can be an exciting adventure of first-time experiences. A lot of the experiences...
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Worth the Cost

As a teenager, I was given the opportunity to go to Mexico on a short-term mission trip with my youth group.  After hearing about the trip, though, I quickly told myself  "no", and found ways to...
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Caution: Sharp Turns Ahead

Three times a year, students from our schools graduate and move on in what God is calling them to next. We are intimately aware of the pitfalls people can tumble into when encountering change. Here's a...
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The Power of Relationship

One night, our team was going out on ministry to connect with and share at a local youth group in Germany, which was about thirty minutes from the town where we were staying.  Up to...
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Local Love for Kentuckiana

God has called us to share the gospel everywhere, including our own back yard! This week, we wanted to highlight local ministries we have been able to partner with. We have personally met and come...
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Just How Big Is God?

Our Fall Discipleship Training School outreach teams have been fraught with one challenge after the next, way before they even stepped onto their first flight!  There have been visa denials, multiple stolen passports (in the United States!),...
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A Family Army

“As a family of missionaries, we are multiplying, equipping, and launching faithful leaders who actively fulfill the Great Commission.” These are the words that YWAM Louisville was founded on and molded by.  They are the...
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The Privilege of Giving

During our outreach in East Kentucky, The outreach team to East Kentucky. We teamed up with one of the local churches in a very small town where drug/alcohol abuse, violence, and poverty are...
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Should I do a Discipleship Training School?

So you are wondering what to do next with your gap year or something similar. Whether you are looking into college or looking into ministry, you should seriously consider a Youth With A Mission Discipleship...
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What does God Risk?

Risk vs Reward Activities with the greatest risk typically have the greatest rewards. Think about it. Sky-diving. Mountain climbing. Marriage. Of course, some risks aren’t worth it. But isn’t it also true that the most...
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I Died in East Asia

On my mission trip to East Asia, I felt that God was calling me to the roof of the house we were staying at. I took a book I had been reading, The Cost of...
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The Corruption of Comparison

Satan does everything he can to get our eyes off of God and onto something else. Whether that's making money our sense of security or finding glory in something we excel in, Satan will scheme...
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My favorite thing about Community Living

Ever wonder what it's like living in a community of missionaries? Here are our top 5 favorite things about community living! 5. Work Detail: Cooking a meal or cleaning around the base! "I love working in...
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Handling 5 Common Objections to Becoming a Missionary

So you know you’re called to missions. You’ve gone on a few mission trips, or maybe you’ve simply heard about what God is doing around the world and become convinced that He’s put long-term ministry...
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Google Translating the Gospel

On our recent outreach to West Asia, one of our main ministry activities was making friends with Muslims. Of course, as we got to know our new friends, we also shared with them about Jesus. One...
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Where Are The Men?

Here at YWAM Louisville we run five missionary training schools a year. They’re life-changing programs that only last five months and include the opportunity to make an impact overseas. But here’s the sad truth: in...
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Mission Trip Essentials: Your UN-Packing Guide

I have a confession to make: I'm really bad at unpacking my suitcase. I get home from a trip and just leave it – for days, even weeks! If I need something that's still packed,...
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Packing: How Should I Do It?

Packing. There are so many different ways to do it. You have your minimalists who take as little and as light as possible. Then there are  the people who take anything and everything they think they...
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8 Mission Trip Hacks

We've all heard of life hacks, right? Things that you can do to make your life easier. Usually simple things, but genius. Like wrapping a rubber band around a paint can to use as something...
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Staying Fit on Outreach

Let's face it - staying fit is a challenge. Not to mention trying to stay fit on a mission trip or as you are traveling in different countries. When you are away from home you...
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5 Ways to Ruin Your Mission Trip

It's the beginning of the summer mission trip season, so we thought we would re-post this blog to give you ideas about how you could ruin your mission trip. Just in case you were thinking about...
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The Day the Impossible Became Reality

After 15 years of praying for something we were told would never happen, God answered. Honestly, I never thought he would. Over and over, that subtle lie – "This is your life! This is the way it...
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Why Take a Gap Year?

It's a longstanding tradition in England, an accepted norm in Europe and beyond. But in fast-paced, career-driven America, the "gap year" – an intentional buffer between high school and college – isn't quite so mainstream. But the gap year has gained some traction...
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Social Media Fundraising for My Mission Trip?

Social Media Fundraising for My Mission Trip?   You're itching to do something you've never done before. Something in you is stirring, and you sense God is leading you to go on a mission trip....
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Is Language the Most Important Thing?

Jihye, originally from South Korea, is a student in the Discipleship Training School. She left her family and everything familiar to let God transform her. Check out what she has to say about doing a DTS in...
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How DTS Ruined My Life

When I came to Discipleship Training School (DTS) I was angry and bitter and although life wasn't easy that way, it was the way I chose to live. Why? Because that meant I only had...
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How To Choose A Mission Trip

Interested in going on a mission trip but don’t know where to start? The number of options for mission trips can be overwhelming. Here are a few questions to help guide your decision. What kind...
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YWAM Missions Playlist: The Songs That Inspire Us

Music is a heart language that God has given us. It transcends racial, social, and physical boundaries. Throughout the whole world you will hear people making music in their own unique way to express themselves. When music is...
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DTS in Short: The Kingdom of God

Ever wanted an inside glimpse of Discipleship Training School? Our DTS In Short series gives a quick look at what our students learn in class. Each post highlights a major teaching topic of DTS. Here's what Don Stephens...
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DTS in Short: The Father Heart of God

Ever wanted an inside glimpse of Discipleship Training School? Our DTS In Short series gives a quick look at what our students learn in class. Each post highlights a major teaching topic of DTS. Check out what...
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A Night at the Airport

Ever spend the night in an airport? Any YWAMer worth their salt has a traveling story or two. While we love to tell them, we wouldn't want to relive them! Check out a few of...
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Student Spotlight: “Never Say Never.”

Never in my life did I think I wouldn't be going to college right now.  Never would I have chosen to live in Kentucky, of all places. And never would I have predicted that I...
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Our Favorite Cities

One of the perks of the missionary life is the far-off places we get to visit. From historic cities to tiny villages, we've seen some of the most beautiful places on this planet! But where are...
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The Lifestyle of Mission

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member, Ryan Bogert. Followers of Jesus are Christians, but not all Christians are followers of Jesus. Followers follow, observe, learn, and do, and they become the very reflection...
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What Makes a YWAMer?

Youth With A Mission is a huge family of missionaries from all kinds of church backgrounds, scattered all across the globe. But who are we? What makes a YWAMer? Here's a glimpse - but we're just...
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From Peru: A Love Worth Living For

We're still celebrating all that God did through our summer outreach teams. Here's a story from Kenny, who just graduated from his Discipleship Training School. One day on my DTS outreach in Peru, we were...
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Where Is “Home”?

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staffer, Molly McCully. Home. I've felt it in many places. I have felt it sitting on the porch swing at my parents’ house in Ohio, as I look out...
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Fundraising for DTS

When communicating with incoming DTS students a question we often receive is, "How do I come up with the money for DTS?" Here are our top tips! Pray Pray, pray, and then pray some more....
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Mission Trip: Accomplished. Now What?

A follow-up to last week's post on coming home well (tips for what we call "re-entry"). Mission trips change us. They radically alter our perspective. They open our eyes to the needs of the world and ways God can use us to...

Coming Home from Your Mission Trip

You did it! You raised the money and went overseas, where you served and sweat and poured yourself out. Now you’re heading home. In the missions world we call this “re-entry” – and it’s not always easy!...
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Do Mission Trips REALLY Matter?

Jamaica, mon! Beautiful beaches, bobsledding, and Bob Marley – that’s what Jamiaca’s all about, right? Not for me. When I hear “Jamaica” I think orphanages, vacation Bible school, and never wanting to leave. Jamaica was...
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In Case You Hadn’t Heard, I’m Not Normal

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Libby Thorngate. My roommate has a nightly routine of stepping on the bottom bunk where I sleep to launch herself into the top. I've gotten so used...
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Brave Love

A guest post from Leah Miller, a student in our School of Ministry Development, about the summer mission trip we hosted here in Louisville. I watched her walk away, the girl I'd met 20 minutes...
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Sharing Your Testimony

“Could you share your testimony?” Those words instill fear in our hearts. A testimony? Me? What will I say? If that sounds familiar, read our responses to the concerns we hear the most often. “I...
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How to Minister Cross-culturally

Remember the first time you went to a friend’s house as a kid? For many of us, we soon discovered that not all of the same rules apply. In your house the fork is always...
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Is a Mission Trip for Me?

Whether it’s summer vacation, spring break, or even a whole semester, there are a lot of ways you can spend your time. Why should a mission trip be at the top of the list? Change your...
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Cultural Whiplash

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Libby Thorngate. This time it's a latrine that reminds me why I love my life.Not that I've been in desperate need of reminding. These past few weeks...
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5 Ways to Ruin a Mission Trip

It’s coming soon: your summer mission trip. You’ve been looking forward to it for months. You’ve seen the pictures, heard the stories, and everyone says the same thing: going on a mission trip will change...
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“I’ve tasted hope & I’m never going back.”

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Molly McCully from our ministry in Nicaragua last summer. It was afternoon ministry and we had made sandwiches to take to kids that hang out at the...
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Your Funds Won’t Raise Themselves

6 Practical Tips to Pay for Your Mission Trip “If God wants me to go on this mission trip, then the money will come in.” Ever hear someone say that? (Ever said it yourself?) While...
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Working to Fulfill God’s Dreams

A guest post from YWAM Louisville staff member Amos Ford. What does it take to fulfill a dream? You might say many things like determination, clear vision, or "not giving up". Often examples are cited...
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What We Won’t Leave the Country Without

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...
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Going On a Mission Trip? 6 Things NOT to Bring

6 Things Not to Bring On A Mission Trip 11 Things to Bring On A Mission Trip Don't Leave Home Without Recommendations This post is second in our series on mission trip preparedness - check...
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Going On a Mission Trip? 11 Essentials for Your Packing List

11 Essentials for Your Packing List 6 Things Not to Bring What We Won't Leave Without We thought we'd share some "what-to-bring" tips for anyone who's heading out on a mission trip. Some of them...

5 Reasons to Do a DTS

5 Reasons to Do a DTS Ever wondered if Discipleship Training School it's for you? We asked both current and former DTS students, and they've given us five reasons why you should seriously consider doing...
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A Big Moment for 4K

    The YWAM 4K team has been praying since the beginning to see it grow into the powerful tool God called it to be. For years, it has been slow going, yet not lacking...

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