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Packing for a Mission Trip

Packing for a Mission Trip

We have decided that our trips would not just be expeditions for travel sake, instead each would become a vehicle to lasting and positive change. Our purpose is to make bad situations better, good circumstances great and to promote people who have been marginalized in life.
— Javier Mendoza

Travel Lightly


We are traveling for the journey as much as we are the destination within the context of making a sustainable difference in the lives we reach out to. We want to start by making sure that our focus is on the objective and not so much on our packing. 

Your mission trip dress code should be comfortable and cool. Our destination can be very hot during the day (no AC) and sometimes very rainy (tropical rain all day). 

For Church don't worry about impressing anyone. Clean, casual clothes are perfect. 

For most other times, walking around town or while at the various ministry locations please dress modest, and comfortable. We will all be in close quarters and we want to all be comfy while staying mindful of our hosts and fellow team members. Be Sure to Check the Weather in La Ceiba

Open toe shoes/sandals are ok for the majority of the trip, but please be mindful of the fact that we may be visiting work sites, and maybe walking on dirt roads so it may benefit to you to also pack tennis shoes or similar closed-toed footwear. 

Please Make Sure all of your belongings fit within the Airline Requirements. Please note that you will be responsible for paying the airline directly for luggage fees beyond what the airline has listed as ‘FREE’ or included bags.

You can refer to respective airline regulations for specific questions concerning weight and dimensions and total number of luggage pieces you are permitted. 

American Airlines Baggage Site

Delta Airlines Baggage Site

United Airlines Baggage Site

What Can I Bring? TSA Website >>>

***It's a great idea to pack a change of clothes along with any immediate needs such as toiletries and medications in your carry-on.***




Below is a very basic packing list that may be used as a guide to help you pack lightly, and efficiently. 




  • One carry-on (example: backpack)

  • One Main Checked bag or suitcase (on wheels) – Not exceeding 50 lbs.


  • Passport

  • Bible, notebook, and pen


  • Light jacket – rainy weather is possible

  • Clean, Lightweight Shirts/Tops

  • Jeans, Shorts, Capris or other lightweight bottoms

  • Clothes for a couple of church services

  • Socks/Undergarments

  • No expensive jewelry

  • Swimsuit (modest)


  • Supportive/comfortable shoes for walking. (You may wear flip flops during most activities, however, a closed toe tennis shoe may be preferable for the terrain and certain activities.)


  • Insect repellent (with DEET suggested)

  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 30)

  • Antidiarrheal medicine (preferably tablets) · Personal medication /pain reliever

  • Antibacterial Gel

  • Personal items

Miscellaneous (helpful items)

  • Camera/Phone

  • Charger, (Honduras uses Same outlets as U.S.)

  • Portable Battery Charging Powerbank

  • Personal Spending money (May visit local markets, personal snack & drinks, etc)

  • Reusable Water Bottle, (Must Be Empty when going through security)

  • Sunglasses & Hat (Bright Sun and heat can be a factor for some)

  • Hand Sanitizer or Wipes

  • Personal Amount of Bathroom Tissue (because you never know which bathrooms will supply it)

  • Medications/Pain Reliever

  • Snacks: Trail Mix, nuts, nutrition bars