Plan Your Trip

By Alan Lull

What to bring

  1. Bathroom stuff. Bring only a hand towel. No need for a large towel.
  2. Neck pillow for the plane. Snacks / water
  3. Light color clothing / long shorts / tennis shoes (Ladies, it’s better to not bring spaghetti strap tops. Think “modest.”)
  4. Ear plugs / shower shoes / swim suit / foot powder
  5. CD player / journal / good book / BIBLE / plastic cup / spoon
  6. Sun screen / wet wipes / hand sanitizer / tissues / sun glasses/extra batteries
  7. Don‘t over pack / take just what you need
  8. Pens / Bible verses to memorize
  9. You can only take two suit cases, 50 lbs each, and one small piece to carry on.

    Gifts to bring:

  1. Crayons / markers / paints & brushes / Beanie Babies
  2. Big puppets / balloons / pictures from home & family
  3. Small rubber balls / checkers / light weight board games
  4. Posters
  5. DVD‘s rated G. / Educational / Worship / Christian
  6. Gum / candy that little kids can‘t choke on (Tootsie Rolls maybe)
  7. Soccer ball / volleyball / hair brush & combs
  8. Colorful rubber bands and beads for little girls‘ hair
  9. CD player with extra batteries & many CD‘s
  10. Large picture books to read to the kids
  11. Hacky sack
  12. Vitamins for each child (bring as much as you can)
  13. School supplies

The best way to give gifts (whether financial or actual items) is to talk with the person in charge of each location. They will be in charge of evenly distributing the gifts. Also, it would help if you let our office in Virginia know if you plan to bring gifts so we can let our ministries in India know.

You may also consider the idea of buying fruit, ice cream, or candy for all the homes which you visit as a gift idea. Just make sure that if you do it for one location, you do it for all of them. This will prevent any jealousy or hard feelings from occurring.