Many airlines have changed policies for the number of checked bags allowed internationally. Once you receive your tickets through Paradise Bound, please check with the airline your team is flying on. If two checked bags are allowed please limit your personal belongings to one suitcase and one carry on. Your second bag, if allowed, will be used for ministry supplies. Husbands and wives will likely be in separate rooms: Pack accordingly with separate suitcases if need be.
Notes: All sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and washcloths are provide by PBM.
- Plane ticket or confirmation #
- Copy front and back of your medical insurance card
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, shaving items, brushes, combs, etc.)
- Personal medications
- Contacts or glasses
- Spending money: You will need $14-20 for meals eaten out. Most groups eat at a restaurant 1 or 2 times. You will visit a market on your free day. Some people spend $10 on souvenirs and others a lot more. US dollars are used in the market, but it is very difficult to cash traveler’s checks. Make sure all cash is newer or un-ripped bills or they will not be accepted.
- Flashlight (small)
- Snack food (granola/breakfast bars, etc. Meal times vary greatly, snacks are very important.)
- Germ-X or other waterless sanitizing hand gel
- Bug spray (though bugs are very minimal)
- Sunscreen: very important
- Camera (can be digital or disposable)
- Batteries (extras for camera, flashlight, etc.)
- Water bottle or canteen (Very, very important!! We have all the purified water you cold ever drink, but you need something to carry it in.)
Camouflage clothing is not allowed (hats are ok). Please avoid clothing with the US flag and other US national symbols. We have never had a problem, but depending on world events outside our control while you are Guatemala, we would not want to create one.
Work clothes will get dirty or possibly stained and there is no need for dress clothes. Ladies, you may wear skirts, but do not have to; pants are fine. Washing machines may, but likely will not, be available so please pack accordingly. Many people leave their work clothes with us to distribute during subsequent outreaches.
Please dress in a way to impress those we serve with the love of Christ, not the bodies that He gave us. Please keep your jewelry to a minimum, don’t bring anything you couldn’t lose. Some leave their wedding rings in the U.S. We have never encountered a problem, albeit, we want to keep it that way.
- 3 pair of jeans or other long pants (Hiking Pants are perfect, as are scrubs for working in. Shorts are not allowed for most villages; however, there are exceptions so please check with your team leader.)
- 6-7 t-shirts, etc.
- Casual shirts for travel and around the mission base.
- Casual shorts (not too short)
- Pajamas or shorts and T-shirt to sleep in.
- 2 sweatshirts or a light jacket (Very important; it can get very cold in the evenings.)
- 1-2 raincoats/ponchos (Only necessary for May thru November teams.)
- 1-2 pair of hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes. Many leave their shoes with us to distribute to poor families. You will not be able to wear sandals on the worksites or villages (see below).
- 1 pair of shoes or sandals for travel and leisure around the base; these will not get dirty. (The shoes you wear to the villages CANNOT be used inside the mission base).
- Sandals/flip flops to wear in the shower (optional)
- Candy, stickers, crayons, coloring sheets, footballs, soccer balls, nail polish, and so on to give away in your outreaches. All are great ways to break the ice and develop relationships. No balloons or bubbles please.
- Film: it is very expensive to buy and/or develop here.
- Cards or other games for free time.