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Guidelines for the Amount of Luggage You Should Carry with You

Whether you’re going on a humanitarian journey for the first time or you have traveled many times before, you should always carefully pack for a humanitarian destination.

Choose the amount of luggage based on research

Traveling light is the golden rule for all humanitarian travelers. This is something that is mentioned on just about every (humanitarian) travel blog you come across. Traveling with little luggage is just more comfortable. Remember, not every country has stores where you can buy convenience items that you might have forgotten. That’s why our other important rule is: research your destination. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there laundry facilities nearby?
  • Do I need mosquito netting for protection against malaria?
  • Are tools provided or do I have to bring my own?
  • What’s the climate or the weather like?
  • Do I have unlimited access to electricity?

By so doing, you get a clear overview of everything you might need at your destination.

Humanitarian travel to Rwanda demands different gear than traveling to the Philippines. There are some absolute essentials regardless of your destination, such as:

  1. Travel medical kit
    A basic travel medical kit could help you in a dire situation. Being prepared with basic supplies can prevent infections and discomfort caused by unexpected injuries. Even something simple like a splinter can be easily treated when you’re prepared.
  2. Dictionary
    Sounds funny, right? Bring a dictionary to enhance communication with the local population. Your humanitarian endeavors will be made even more difficult if communication is weak or virtually nonexistent. Alternatively, consider installing a dictionary app on your mobile phone as the paper edition is heavy and occupies unnecessary space.
  3. Purifying water kit Water is life.
    Bring a purifying water equipment to keep water illness at bay. In most humanitarian destinations, clean drinking water isn’t always available. Even potable water can contain elements that your body is not used to. In some locations, water is a hard-to-find resource; independent of its level of purity. Therefore, it is recommended that you bring a reserve purifying water kit.
  4. Small backpack
    More often than not, you will need to transport some commodities or personal essentials from your residence to work site or vice versa. A lightweight, durable and waterproof backpack will satisfactorily serve this purpose.
  5. Mobile phone
    Your mobile phone is an essential tool needed to communicate with your colleagues and keep in touch with your family back home. Research options for getting an international SIM card before you leave or unlock your phone so you can purchase a local, pre-paid SIM. You don't have to carry lots of electronic devices because they could get lost, broken, or stolen. Nevertheless, volunteering is an experience that you don't want to let go to waste by being distracted with too many gadgets.
  6. Durable shoes
    Walking could take up a lot of your time. Be prepared. Bring durable shoes which are comfortable and built to last. Test them before you go. Never wear new shoes on a trip.
  7. Universal power adapter
    A mobile phone will need charging. What is the use of bringing it along when you don't have access to a source of energy? Electrical sockets differ in different countries and continents. Bring a universal power adapter.

Our travel consultants at Raptim will provide you with information on what you should take to a humanitarian destination. We possess unmatched knowledge about traveling to vulnerable and remote locations. Helping those who need it most is what matters most to us. Do not hesitate to contact any of our offices for more information about packing for humanitarian travel.