Team Member Packing Checklist
This list may be modified by individual team captains as needed
Most airlines allow two checked bags and one carry-on. VIM requires that each team member pack one carry-on for personal use. Team members will be responsible for no more than two large suitcases or duffel bags used for bringing Bibles, teaching materials, medical/dental supplies for clinics, and construction supplies for work project and/or other team materials, depending on the type of ministry trip. The following items are not provided by VIM and should be part of your personal packing. Check with your team leader and cross off any items not needed. Also, items like sunscreen and bug spray can be shared. Split items like that among team members—everyone does not need their own.
Bible Deodorant Sunscreen
Passport Towelette Packs Sunburn lotion
Notebook/Pens Feminine Protection Razor/shave cream
Toilet Paper (2 rls) Shampoo/Conditioner Handkerchiefs
Contact lens items Toothbrush/paste/floss Pocketknife*
Personal snacks Camera/batteries Sunglasses
Sweater/Light Jacket Flashlight/batteries Comb/brush
Water Purification Tabs Air mattress Watch (cheap)
Soap Sheets/blanket Mosquito Netting
Towels/washcloth Small Pillow Work Gloves
Spending money Alarm Clock
*Each team member will be able to place a small personal products pouch in one of the duffel bags. Pocket knives and liquid items can be placed in this pouch which leaves more room in your carry-on luggage and which generally cannot be in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing suggestions for construction teams: Work pants/jeans, T-shirts, work boots, underwear, white cotton socks, and bandanas are your everyday basics. Sneakers, hat, sun visor, bathing suit (conservative type), and rubber thong sandals for showering, are other considerations of necessity.
Men: Bring two pair of work pants/jeans, shorts (knee length), and casual evening outfits (Suits if required by foreign contact).
Women: Work pants and knee length shorts are permitted ONLY if permissible. The team leader should check ahead of time with the foreign host(s). Otherwise, pack dresses and/or loose-fitting long cotton skirts (calf length mostly, some areas require ankle length), short and long sleeve blouses, no sleeveless or halter type shirts. Pack one or two casual type outfits for church services or in case of going to a nice restaurant.