Tips to get ready for Foreign Trip
What to pack what to leave
Packing for a trip is infinitely easier when you have just done laundry. we literally mean stuff. A good rule of thumb is to keep your baggage light, keep in mind that you will need to carry things around as you travel and, especially if you are doing outdoor volunteer work, your clothing may look worse for wear by the time you are done. Check the expected climate for your time abroad and pack accordingly. Do not forget to bring any project tools recommended or required by your volunteer-sending organization or NGO abroad, as well as any needed household items like a pillow, linens, medicines, toilet paper, etc. Jay Wilson with IC Volunteers suggests that you also pack a few comfort items that might be hard to find abroad whether its your favorite hand lotion or breakfast cereal as they can sometimes be invaluable as you navigate the ups and downs of culture shock. Another good item to bring is pre-addressed envelopes so that those you meet abroad can stay in touch with you after you return (be sure to buy international postage once you are there).Try to keep to a minimum or even possibly just leave at home valuable items like jewelry and expensive electronics. Not only will these make you a target for theft but, if you're volunteering in an economically depressed area, they can serve to visually exacerbate the difference between the haves and have nots. Similarly, try not to bring too many items that will just end up in the trash (e.g. individually or plastic-wrapped items). Having a small environmental footprint is another way of being a good partner abroad.