How to Pack
When you Pack for a Purpose, please bring only the specific items requested by the community-based projects. This is what is needed and will be greatly appreciated. The lists have been well researched and unrequested items, even with the best of intentions, are largely inappropriate for the communities and are likely to have little short and no long term benefits for them.
Before You Pack:
Check with your airline and travel agent to determine the current luggage allowance to your destination.
The following new items should be taken out of their original packaging and placed in the lightest possible plastic or fabric resealable bags: pens, pencils, erasers, individual pencil sharpeners, solar calculators, protractors and colored pencils.
The following items should be kept in their original packaging to prevent breakage: crayons, chalk, plastic and wooden rulers should be wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent breakage. Games such as Scrabble®, Connect Four®, Dominoes® and Bananagrams® should be left in their original packages.
Any medicines that you bring should have an expiration date at least 8 months after the time you are bringing them.
Expensive items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs etc. should be put in plastic or fabric resealable bags and packed in your carry-on luggage.
The following new items should be taken out of their original packaging and placed in the lightest possible plastic or fabric resealable bags: Band-Aids, bandages and any other items where the weight would be reduced by eliminating the original packaging.
Soccer balls should be deflated by moistening an inflation needle and carefully inserting it into the valve. After the needle is inserted, gently apply pressure to the ball until the ball is deflated. Remove the needle and tape it to the deflated ball. The deflated balls can be stacked to save space or soft items such as socks can be positioned in the cavities. Each deflated soccer ball will weigh about 1 lb. (.45 kg).
For your convenience, pack all items so they can be easily located within your luggage and dropped off when you arrive at your destination.