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Frequently asked questions

Pack For A Purpose

Who can use Pack for a Purpose?
All travelers can participate. Travelers can add value to their vacations, honeymoons or business trips by using the information found on the Pack for a Purpose website http://packforapurpose.org/. When you choose to bring needed supplies to community projects at your destination, the graciousness of your act not only enriches the local community, but also enhances the joy of travel.

How do I participate?
Participation is easy! Below are the five steps.
1. Select your destination.
2. Find a lodging and a project it supports.
3. Choose the supplies you wish to bring from the specific items requested.
4. Drop off the supplies at the lodging.
5. The supplies will then be delivered to the community-based project.

Can I still participate if I'm not staying at a lodging listed on the website?
Yes. All lodgings on the Pack for a Purpose website are delighted to receive requested supplies for their community-based projects even if you are not a guest at that lodging.

Is there a limit to the amount of supplies I can bring?
No. While we recommend 5 pounds (2.27 kgs), travelers can bring whatever they are able to. Many travelers have used all their checked luggage to bring supplies while other travelers bring only 1 kg. Whatever requested supplies travelers bring are greatly appreciated!

I want to bring medical, school and sporting supplies to the lodging where I am staying. What is the most efficient way to pack them in my luggage? Are there specific requirements I should be aware of regarding medicines?
Each category has it's own specific instructions to minimize the space required in your luggage and protect the items. For specific details, please visit our How to Pack page.

How can I find more information about your organization for media coverage or to help publicize Pack for a Purpose?
Please visit our Media Room, which features our press kit, logos, brochure and videos.

How can I participate if I don't travel?
You may always make a donation to support the work of Pack for a Purpose. If you are a U.S. citizen, your donation is fully tax deductible.