This is going to seem like a really random post and that would be because it is haha.
But recently someone either emailed me or left me a comment asking me what I packed for Africa when I went to Uganda last summer. That is a very valid question because 1) Even if you’ve been out of the country, it’s most likely way different dress than Africa. 2) You most likely are trying to pack light. 3) Theres no CVS if you forget something 4) You are about to have some long travel too.
Like I said, it’s been a year so I’m not 100% sure of what I packed but since it was such few things I have a pretty good idea! Plus you are getting the better version of things I also WISHED I had packed.
First off, our group leaders told us to pack in a carry-on size bag. I’d definitely recommend this as well because you do not want to get all the way over there only to find out your luggage got lost or is late. Plus a carry-on is all you really need anyway. If you do not already have one or are looking for a new bag I’d suggest this one 10/10. I got this bag specifically for that trip but have been using it frequently ever since. Sadie and Brighton ended up getting the same one as well. It was the perfect size and you can carry it on your arm or put it on your back. The workers at the Patagonia store told me its actually not regulated carry-on dimensions, but because it’s a soft bag it fits great, and they all use it and have never had issues with it. We didn’t have any problems either.
We wanted to respect the natives and try to follow some of their customs for dressing so for the girls it meant long pants and longs skirts/ dresses and covered shoulders. Jeans are pretty hot for a normal day so I would try to find something a little cooler/ breezier. Korie found us a bunch of skirts on sale at Cato and they worked great. I had a little jumpsuit that I tied a shirt up with it as well for the day we needed to dress a little nicer. Also the last day I just wore my black pajama pants!
What I packed for 1 week:
travel day: leggings + t-shirt + sweater + socks
1 romper/ jumpsuit
pajama shorts + 2 sleep shirts
athletic shorts (wore for rafting the Nile)
travel day: same as first just wear different shirt
fanny pack (super helpful for phone, germ-x, chapstick)
melatonin (great for plane and jet lag)
germ-x (always good)
baby wipes (^)
snacks (duh…always. haha but really I liked to have some cliff bars!)
journal (all your days will get mixed up and you definitely want to remember!)
downy wrinkle releaser (ALWAYS carry this!!! not just for wrinkles but freshens up your clothes so you can rewear things!!)
and of course your toiletries, just keep them super light and regulation size for flying
also I didn’t worry about a hairdryer
Don’t sweat the packing! Just bring your essentials. Don’t stress over makeup or how you look. I promise, you will not care when you get over there. Plus when you’re over there you sweat whatever makeup off anyway haha. Plus it’s not like anyone else will be able to bring much more than what you are bringing! Whatever reason you are going over there for, especially if it’s for missions, just remember why you are going. It’s not about how you look or what you have, its about loving the people you are going to see. It’s about spreading the love of Jesus and helping to empower these people.
Kind of related but not really…if you are reading this go right now and read Galatians 5 the Message version. GO. So good.
Hope this is helpful to some of you!
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