How & What to Pack on Your Mission

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WHAT TO PACK

Here’s an as-complete-as-I-could-get-it packing list for all us sister missionaries! I looked at all the other sample packing lists I could find, combined them, and added everything in my suitcase that wasn’t already on the list. I hope this helps! click the following link for a printable of the checklist

Complete Sister Missionary Packing List

Sister Missionary Packing List

BAGGAGE                                                                                                                                                    

          2 suitcases (62 dimensional inches, 50 lbs max)

1 carry-on suitcase (45 dimensional inches, weight varies), or a duffel bag (good for splits            in the field)

         Space/vacuum storage bags

          Luggage Tags (Deseret Book has some cute sister missionary ones)

          A larger cross-body purse for tracting/everyday

          A smaller bag for P-day/service

          $200 for possible additional expenses at airport

          Quarters for calling at airport

          Passport holder (waist) {Check with your mission, they may keep your passport in the office. If that is the case, you really don’t need to spend money on this}

 

MTC                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

          Photo Identification (in hand)

          Immunizations Record (in hand)

          Passport (in hand, unless already at MTC)

          Visa (in hand, unless already at MTC)

          Temple recommend

          Four-generation pedigree chart

          Copy of patriarchal blessing

          Copy of call

          Sm photo album with pictures of your baptism, family, friends, temple etc.

          $ for additional expenses, i.e. $20.00 to purchase a pillow and blanket/comforter when arriving

          Health insurance info

          Own bedding and sheets unless you wanna use the ones from the last elders that stayed there…

          Febreeze or something to unstink the place

          Shower bag/caddy (you can buy shampoo & conditioner etc. there)

          Shower shoes

          Lanyard (w/ pull out string)

          Snacks! (also, leave a list w/ your mom of your favorites)

          Reusable water bottle

Studying

          Scripture case/bag

          Scriptures-in your native language, they give you your new language ones at the MTC

          Pens

          Pencils

          Colored Pencils

          Highlighters

          Permanent markers

          3×5 cards

          Sticky notes

          Study Journal

          Little notebook for language study and remembering words and phrases

          Another misc notebook

          Accordion file for letters, cards, talks, spiritual thoughts, etc.

          Mints

          Hand Sanitizer

          Travel size Kleenex

          Small lotion

          Mini hymn book

          Mini Preach My Gospel (w/ cover or front and back laminated)

          Plan of Salvation diagram in mission language

          The Missionary Library

True to the Faith

Our Search for Happiness

Our Heritage

Jesus the Christ

 

CLOTHING                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Everyday Wash and Wear (get a list of where to shop here

          10-12 shirts

          8-10 skirts

          2-4 dresses

          3-5 Cardigans

          1-2 blazers

          5-6 t-shirts for bed, exercise, and service

          3-4 bottoms for bed and exercise

          1-2 good jeans for service

          1 robe

          Temple suitcase *if your mission has a temple and if that temple does not rent out clothes

For Cold Missions

          Good coat

          Jacket or peacoat

          1-2 raincoats

          4-5 sweaters and heavier cardigans

          Winter Hat

          3-5 Scarves

          Ear-muffs

          Gloves

          Running head band

          3 Cotton leggings

          3 Fleece lined tights

          3 Wool socks

          Boots

          2-3 boot socks

Replace some of the skirts with wool and thick skirts that will repel snow and rain

Replace some t-shirts with hoodies or sweatshirts

Underclothing

          10-15 pairs of garments

          5-6 white or nude bras

          4-5 sports bras

          4-5 pairs of underwear for… that time of the month (and yes it’s ok to wear them during that time as long as you still wear your garments over them. I asked the temple worker :D)

          3 slips (white, black, tan)

          3-5 undershirts/halftees

          Spandex shorts for riding bikes

          2-3 pairs of tights

Feet

          2-3 proselyting shoes-sturdy, waterproof, and long lasting

          Rain boots, if needed

          1 pair of tennis shoes for exercise and service

          1-3 Sunday shoes

          1-2 shower shoes

          1 pair of slippers

          10 pairs of ped socks

          5 pair of regular socks

          Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts!!

Accessories

          3-5 Belts

          5-6 headscarves and headbands

          Ribbons/clips

          2-3 small leather watches & batteries

          6-8 necklaces in all colors and styles (including your YW medallion 🙂

          Earrings

          Bracelets

          CTR ring and a few other small rings

          Little roll up flat jewelry holder with lots of pockets

 

TOILETRIES                                                                                                                                                                                                             

          2 micro-fiber bath towels Or 2 regular towels (microfiber=thin and light for packing but absorb better than normal towels (Deseret Book/Bed Bath and Beyond)

          2 hand towels

          1 face towel

          1-2 wash cloths

          Feminine supplies (possibly enough for 18 months if serving foreign)

          Handheld mirror

Face

          Face wash

          Face lotion (if this makes your face shiny/if going somewhere humid, put on before bed)

          Oil blotting sheets (esp. for tropical places)

          Foundation

          Concealer

          Bronzer

          Blush

          Mascara

          Eyelash curler

          Eye shadow

          Eyeliner

          Chap stick

          Lip Gloss

          Makeup brushes

          Makeup sponges

          Makeup mist and set if going somewhere humid

          Q-tips

          Big makeup bag and a small makeup bag (big-leave home, small-bring with you for the day)

Teeth

          Toothbrush (w/ holder)

          Toothpaste

          Floss

          Mouthwash

          Retainer

Body

          Soap in container

          Body Wash

          Razors w/ refills

          Shaving cream

          Perfume

          Febreeze (in hot climates, won’t get sticky like perfume and will better mask BO from sweating)

          Deodorant (if you’re going to be sweating a lot-use men’s, it’s the same just stronger. Also, put it on before bed to let the salts and stuff work while your sleeping)

          Body Lotion

          Hand Sanitizer

Hair

          Hair spray

          Moose &/or gel

          Hair brush, comb, and pick

          Hair ties

          Bobby pins

          Shampoo

          Conditioner

          Mini blow dryer

          Curling iron

          Straightener

          Shower cap

          Hair style book

Nails

          Clippers

          Files

          Cuticle trimmers

          Clear nail polish

          And a few cute colors

          Nail polish remover (I get the ready-to-go pads so you don’t have to worry about cotton balls and remover)

FIRST AID                                                                                                                                                                                                              

          Prescription medications

          Multivitamins

          Ibuprofen

          Aspirin

          Advil

          Midol (enough for 18 months if serving foreign)

          Pepto-Bismol

          Decongestant

          Nyquil

          Cold medicine (Dayquil)

          Throat Spray

          Cough drops

          Aloe vera

          Anti-acid

          Antifungal cream

          IcyHot

          Rice bag to heat up

          Instant ice compress

          Afterbite

          Antibiotic ointment

          Band-Aids

          Moleskin

          Thermometer

          Earplugs

          Diabetic Medical ID bracelet, if needed

 

OTHER                                                                                                                                                                                                              

          Small Sewing Kit

          Scissors

          2 sets of eye glasses (cases and cloth to clean glasses)

          Prescription for eye glasses

          Laundry Bag

          Tide TO GO pens

          Lint roller

          Gallon zip lock bags, sandwich baggies, a few garbage bags

          Clothes hangers

          Small Flashlight / Headlamp

          Book light

          Alarm clock with no radio

          Mini handheld/necklace fan &/or neck coolers

          GPS Device?

          Batteries

          Plug international converter thing, if needed

          Mints

          Handkerchiefs

          Workout Book

          Recipe book

          Duct tape

          Gorilla Glue

          Wallet

          A 3×5 card with loved ones birthdays and other important dates to remember

          Stickers!

          Command strips/putty (that won’t leave marks on walls) to hang stuff up!

Bedding

          2 flat twin sheets

          2 fitted sheets

          2 pillow cases

          Blanket or Comforter

          Small travel pillow

          Dryer sheets or peppermint essential oil (keeps bugs away when put on/under bed posts)

Protection from the elements

          Umbrella

          Insect Repellent (contains DEET, 20%-35%)

          Insect repellent arm bands (can put anywhere)

          Sunscreen 45 SPF or higher

          Sunscreen stick

Camera

          Extra SD cards

          Charger/batteries

          Camera case

          Two flash drives so you have backup copies of pictures in case your camera gets stolen

Music

          IPod, MP3, or USB with church music

          IPod charger

          Speakers

          Sheet music for any instrument you play

Letters

          Address book

          Stamps

          Lined letter paper pads

          Envelopes

          Mailing address labels

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Hermana Weller. http://hermanaweller.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-complete-sister-missionary-packing.html

Sister Donohue. http://zackarlie.blogspot.com/2013/10/sister-missionary-packing-list.html

Tips for Sister Missionaries Blogspot. http://tipsforsistermissionaries.blogspot.com/p/sample-packing-list.html

Sister Brennan. http://gospelgirlrm.blogspot.com/2013/07/10-things-you-wish-you-would-have.html

Sister Dunne. http://hermanadunne.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/sister-missionary-checklist-with-printable-versions/

 

HOW TO PACK

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Aaaaand here are the best packing tips I’ve found so far to help maximize space, ease, and efficiency.

Pretty much, there are three ways to pack clothes: rolled, flat, or bundled (#1-4)…

 

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1. a) THIS is the absolute best way to roll t-shirts. While b), The Duds.com, This is probably my favorite post for packing tips. This post features the rolling technique-rolling all your clothes sleeping-bag style to maximize space and prevent wrinkles.

 

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2.  From One Good Thing by Jilleethis is my other favorite post. Instead of rolling, she says to lay everything as flat as possible. This way you can layer and layer and layer and have room on top to put shoes and makeup etc. I also like the use of space in between bars as shown in the picture above.

 

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3.  To go along with laying it all in flat, use this tip and just bag 7-12 clothes straight from your closet.

 

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4. Try the bundling technique shown above.

 

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5.  Also, try using those space vacuum bags you can get pretty much everywhere (I got mine at WalMart and Dollar Tree).

 

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6.  From Real Simple, this one’s actually as good if not better than my previous favorites because it’s so good. Keep following the slideshow dealio, it covers everything.

 

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7.  From Real Simple.com again, here’s 8 steps to a perfectly packed suitcase. I especially like #6 – place a dry cleaning bag between each layer of clothing to prevent wrinkles and, to get a certain layer up easily, just pull the ends of the bag up on either side.

 

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8.  The Chic Geek says to lie shirts on top of each other and then fold them arms in and roll the body up towards the neck to save space and prevent creases.

I’m thinking you could also do this by outfit. Roll a skirt and shirt together and just unpack       outfit by outfit.

You could also put outfits in Ziploc baggies. thinkin out loud here…

 

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9.  OK, another one from Real Simple. These guys are bomb. I like tip #4: Drape longer pieces like pants and skirts. Fold longer items in half, filling the length of the bag with them, alternating waists with hems at the ends. Tip: Pick bulkier items to wear on the plane so they don’t take up precious luggage space.

 

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10.  Click here to see a flight attendant shows you how to pack 10 days worth of clothes in a carry-on.

 

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11. Straight from Prepare to Serve.com, here’s some really good tips for packing a carry-on.

 

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12. Click here for “Top 10 Tips for Packing Luggage”.

 

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13.  Last but not least, a few little lovely tips. a) use a place mat and a ribbon to roll up some necklaces. b) pack your jewelry in a hard sunglasses case (or two). c) store rings and earrings in a pill box. d) use buttons to keep your earrings together.

 

Hope this helps. Good luck packing!!!

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11 thoughts on “How & What to Pack on Your Mission

    • They have them there, very easy to get. They were a little more expensive than here, but not enough to have someone send them or to pack a whole bunch. I just brought a box to start with and that worked out just fine:) (Also I needed them in the MTC/first bit of the field but didn’t need them for another 5ish months after if you know what I mean haha, so that’s something to consider too, though that doesn’t happen to everyone)

      • codlingm11 says:

        Awesome, thank you! I know a lot of foreign missions tell you to pack them for the whole time and I wasn’t sure if Jamaica had… good quality ones I guess

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