Short Term Mission Trip Packing List

Blessing Hearts International Short-Term Trip Packing List

Please keep in mind that electricity is not a given in Haiti, and pack accordingly.

IMPORTANT: Everyone needs to bring a nice set of clothes for church on Sunday morning. Men need to wear a shirt with a collar—Haitian men wear shirts and ties to church if they can afford it. Women need to wear a skirt or dress that covers the knees. Women, no plunging neck lines or spaghetti straps, please.

Long shorts and t-shirts can usually be worn around the mission compound. Skirts may also be necessary depending on the nature of the destination and project. Again, no spaghetti straps or plunging neck lines for women. Determining what is appropriate will be up to the group coordinator, and overall, the mission directors.

In addition, please pack the following:

  • When staying at the mission home, take linens (twin sheet set) and towels. It is recommended to take items that can be left at the Dorcés’ compound. If you don’t have items to leave, just take what is needed for the week.
  • At least two pair of shoes is recommended. A pair of gym shoes or thick-soled, closed-toed shoes are required. A pair of dress shoes for church. Flip flops are great for around the mission home. We also suggest water shoes to wear at the beach.
  • A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from the sun. Insect repellent with deet.
  • Antiseptic wipes are nice to clean hands with or a small bottle of hand sanitizer works well.
  • Some small packs of Kleenex to use as some of the restrooms do not have toilet paper—this is common in 3rd world countries.
  • A water bottle; the Dorcés will have water available whenever you travel. Hydration is very important.
  • Bring a modest swimsuit if you want to swim. Ladies, no bikinis or two-piece suits.
  • Transportation will include riding in the back of a truck, so hats and bandanas are useful.
  • Showers will be available, but rare, and there may not be hot water. Please bring soap and shampoo. Travel size works well. Also pack other toiletry items and any medications you’ll be taking.
  • It is strongly advised to leave fine jewelry at home. This is a good idea when visiting any third world country. Also leave hair dryers, curling irons, etc. at home.
  • Chloroquine is a common medication for malaria prevention. Keep in mind it must be taken at least 1 week before trip, depending on the prescription your doctor gives.
  • Bring your Bible, journal or notebook and pen or pencil for devotional/quiet time.
  • If you think you’ll want to take pictures, you may want to consider bringing a disposable camera.
  • Bring a flashlight.
  • It is suggested to take only one credit card – less to worry about. You may also bring money for souvenirs that will be made available at the compound.

Don’t forget, no aerosols or liquids in your carry-on!