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What to Pack

  • Summer clothing (shorts, t-shirts, modest tank tops, sandals) No short or skimpy shirts, short shorts, spaghetti strap tops, etc.  Consider wearing the same shorts more than one day to decrease packed items.
  • A pair of tennis shoes or good walking shoes
  • One nicer outfit for church (Men: slacks and short sleeved dress shirt or polo shirt. Women: skirt or slacks, sleeved top or dress with sleeves.)
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Personal toiletries – shampoo, razor, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, contact solution, etc.  Same sex team members may consider sharing shampoo, etc to cut down on packing.  Pack bottles with liquids in a Zip-loc bag to prevent spills in your suitcase!
  • Hair dryer, electric razor, etc.  They have standard outlets and electric items work fine in Jamaica with the exception of clocks (the power is 50Hz).
  • Towel and washcloth for the shower
  • Beach towel
  • Modest swimsuit
  • Camera or digital camera, extra film, batteries, memory cards, charger etc.
  •  Bible
  • Small journal and pen
  • Stationary – you may want to leave a note for a favorite child when you leave etc.
  • Sealed packaged snacks if desired. Granola bars, etc. Don’t take anything that will melt!
  • Ear plugs (in case your teammates snore)
  • Flip-flops to use in the shower and on the beach if desired
  • Small flashlight
  • Battery powered alarm clock
  • Contact wearers: Bring extra contacts – just in case.  Also bring your glasses.
  • Any prescription medicines you are currently taking
  • General medicines: benadryl, aspirin, Tylenol, aloe lotion, pepto-bismol, etc.  Consider making one pack of OTC drugs as a team.
  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer for when you are out in the community

Consider packing all your clothes and personal items in your carry on and using your checked bags for donated items, or consider sharing a suitcase with another team member.

Consider using Rubbermaid bins instead of suitcases.  The 22 gallon bins fit within the Checked Baggage requirements of many flights. Just duct tape the lid on. You can usually fit more in the bins than in a suitcase.  KBM can use the bins for storage, bless someone in the community, etc.  When you come home you won’t have to wait to claim your bags, getting through customs heading home is quick and easy.

Do NOT plan on doing laundry while you are at My Father’s House unless it is an emergency.  There is plenty of laundry to keep up with already!

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