2012 Mission Trip: Things to Bring to Peru

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  • Posted on June 16, 2012

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Peru 2012 Packing List

What you pack will be key to your comfort and health on this trip. Before you leave your home, carry your luggage around and imagine yourself in a crowded airport.  Remember you will have to carry your own luggage! Each team member is allowed one (1) carry on and one (1) checked piece of luggage. Nothing over 50 pounds! Many team members have packed one wheeled carry-on and had plenty of clothing for the trip – no need to pack much! Your important items must be in your carry-on (I.e. passport, money and medications).  Please do not bring anything that cannot be replaced or that has a high monetary/sentimental value.  One to the Other Ministries will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. Be advised, you bring your belongings at your own risk.

joses-hands-packing-listClothing for this trip needs to be modest.  As ambassadors for Christ and visiting ministers in the Peruvian churches we must have the highest standards possible.  Even though you will see many different types and styles of dress, both in and out of the church, we are asking you to place personal preferences aside and dress conservatively. Nothing above the knee for skirts, shorts should reach your fingertips when your hands are at your sides, and no sleeveless shirts. (This will be easy to follow in Peru as it is winter there in July!) For safety reasons no open toed/heeled shoes during ministry (medical/sports/drama). If these guidelines are difficult for you, remember, it’s only a few days!  Remember to wear your mission t-shirt on the trip to Peru! Thanks!

Entire Team:

  • Bible/Notebook/Pen
  • Travel Documents (Passport/ID/Tickets) Not in suitcase!
  • Mission manual
  • Comfortable walking shoes and church shoes
  • One nice outfit for church
    • Gents: Shirt with collar – no jeans
    • Ladies: skirt or dress – no bare shoulders, knee length
  • Clothing – pack less than you think you need! Drama team will spend most of their time in costume! Comfortable, casual clothing is fine. Think layers for warmth rather than thick, bulky clothing.
  • Work gloves in case we help with construction/paint etc.
  • Water Bottle (reusable – you will fill this and carry it with you each day)
  • Powdered Gatorade (or other flavors to add to water bottles)
  • Vitamins
  • Lock for luggage in hotel room
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen (for swimming in the hotel in Dallas)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit
    • Gents: no Speedos
    • Ladies: Modest One piece (no exceptions)
  • voltage converter/transformer (electricity in Peru is 220v not the 110v we have here in the US) – you cannot plug in anything without one! OTTOM is not responsible for any fried electronics!

Recommended Items

  • Jacket/Coat for evenings (temps will be high: 60’s, low: 40’s)
  • Small flashlight
  • Camera
  • Personal medications (headaches, allergies, something for travelers diarrhea/constipation) A small package of prunes is highly recommended.
  • Travel sized Spanish/English dictionary
  • Snacks
  • Small laundry detergent to wash costume in your sink

Medical Team:

  • Scrubs/Lab coat for clinics
  • Personal medical equipment (stethoscope, bp cuff, horoscope) Labeled with your name on it!
  • Small flashlight

Remember don’t pack your passport – carry it with you!

Other Notes/Things

This is intended for 2012 Jose’s Hands Ambassadors going on the 2012 mission trip to Peru.

  • Passport and photo copy of passport to keep in luggage
  • Cash, small bills
  • Notify your bank and credit card company that you will be in PERU
  • Personal medications
  • Snacks, powerbars, peanuts etc….
  • Sunglasses
  • Flash light
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses if needed
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • NO CELL PHONES (use calling cards instead, call from hotel)
  • Baby wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Ear plugs
  • A nice, thick hoodie (Temperatures in Lima can range from 20F to 65F, It will be winter in Peru so please dress accordingly)
  • Hat or hair covering
  • Purell hand gel
  • Suitcase (try to pack light)
  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes
  • Close tip comfortable shoes for working
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Fanny pack
  • Surgical scrub tops and pants (although JH will be providing you with 1 pair)
  • Shower sandals (just in case)
  • Jeans and shirts for evening wear
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light
  • A small Medical Reference book
  • Additional items: Back Pack

Contaminated food and water are the leading cause of illness to travelers. Follow these tips for safe eating and drinking:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.
  • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Make sure food is fully cooked, although Peru is known for their ceviche, this is your own risk to take
  • Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

Diseases from food and water often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to bring diarrhea medicine with you so that you can treat mild cases yourself.

Other Health Tips
To avoid animal bites and serious diseases (including rabies) do not handle or pet animals, especially dogs and cats. If you are bitten or scratched, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention to determine if mediation or anti-rabies vaccine is needed.

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