WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Team Leader Item

  • Bible

  • UCI leaders’ notebook

  • CD’s/cassettes and word sheets for worship music–or musical instrument(s)

  • batteries

  • airline tickets

  • passports

  • immunization record

  • birth certificate

  • driver’s license

  • paper, notebook, pens, pencils

  • duct tape

  • computer copies of Scriptures used and forms for daily plans etc (copies can be made in Haiti).

  • devotional

  • camera/film/extra batteries

  • locked box for daily security for passports/money/team money/personal spending money available at the Mompremier’s house (and an envelope for each individual’s )

  • stationary/addresses for writing supporters/ family/friends and a “letter to Jesus”

  • cake and frosting mixes for any team member birthdays.

Team Member Items

  • Bible

  • batteries

  • airline tickets

  • passports

  • immunization record

  • birth certificate

  • driver’s license

  • paper

  • notebook

  • pens

  • pencils

  • devotional

  • camera/film/extra batteries

  • stationary/addresses for writing supporters/ family/friends and a “letter to Jesus”.

Clothing for work/play/ministry

  • 2-3 long shorts or jeans/capris for work and play on compound

  • T-shirts

  • Skirts/Dresses (length to the knee or longer)

  • Blouses

  • Dress shirts/pants

  • 1 lightweight sweater/long-sleeved shirt

  • Tank Tops (No spaghetti straps)

  • underwear

  • socks

  • tennis shoes

  • dress shoes or sandals

  • flip flops for showers

  • belt

  • hat or cap

  • pj’s

Food (plan to share)

  • wrapped snacks like peanut butter buddy bars

  • granola/trail mix

  • mints

  • Crystal Lite or other dry drink mixes (for self and VBS)

  • Gator Aid mix

  • dried foods

  • peanut butter

  • coffee creamers

  • Pringles

  • crackers for snacks

  • Cheese spreads

  • jerky

  • cookie mixes

  • rice and noodle mixes

  • Spam

  • canned ham

  • tuna or chicken in pouches for Sunday meal

  • Gravy

  • chili

  • spaghetti sauce mixes

  • pepperoni

  • cheese for the ladies in the kitchen to use for meals.

Personal

  • prescription medications (especially antimalarial needed in Haiti)

  • Aspirin/ibuprofen/Tylenol

  • wet wipes

  • towels

  • soap

  • shampoo/conditioner

  • brush/comb

  • head/sweat band

  • cosmetics

  • fingernail file/clippers/polish

  • deodorant

  • contact solutions

  • vanilla scent (a natural repellent)

  • tooth brush in container & toothpaste, floss

  • personal insulated water bottle

  • razor

  • ear plugs if sensitive to noise at night

  • dryer sheets (act as a repellent).

Household

  • bug spray, repellent

  • lotion

  • plastic line for laundry

  • clothes pins

  • flashlight

  • toilet paper

  • alarm clock

  • (Sunblock available at UCI)

Supplies for ministry

  • (adults and children LOVE crafts of any kind) - VBS-style craft items, glue, glitter, scissors, stickers, construction paper, markers, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, craft kits for children and adults, useful tools (like paint brushes, paint rollers and tray, putty knife, saw, knives, chisel, wire brush, etc.)

  • Miracle Grow (or Walmart equivalent) for gardens

  • Bibles and tracts in Creole to distribute (to be bought in Haiti--$10/Bible)

  •  least 1 pair of work gloves

  • children’s clothes (especially t- shirts) for distributing at the nutritional center.

  1. Gifts

  • lotions

  • soaps

  • pads of paper

  • pens

  • cocoa mix

  • dish cloths

  • kitchen towel sets

  • covered plastic (like Tupperware)

  • glasses/pitchers/containers

  • candles

  • candy–especially chocolate

  • toys for children

  • perfumes

  • good knives

  • pocket knives

  • household decoration

  • T shirts

  • tins

  • kitchen utensils

  • Christian CDs and DVDs

Other needed items

  • “kindergarten-type” items

  • sticky-tacky for hanging things on walls

  • laminated posters of learning or inspirational kind

  • clear Contac paper

  • peanut butter

  • pre-sweetened Kool Aid

  • white chalk


    Additional Trip Tips

    • Keep all food items in sealed plastic (not glass) containers, Tupperware, or Rubbermaid–insect and rodent attractions.

    • Airlines won’t allow sharp items in carry-ons or aerosol cans in regular luggage.

    • Ladies, wear minimal makeup and jewelry. Less is better. No hair blowdryers

    • Modesty in dress is never offensive so consider others’ preferences before your own.

    • Leave photocopy of passport at home.

    • Dress up for Sunday church services: women wear dresses and skirts (no sleeveless for church, please), men wear button-down shirts and slacks - many wear ties.

    • Unwrap any new items from its packaging as they are more likely to pass through customs.

    • When filling out (on visa when going into the country) the reason for coming to this country, reply “visiting friends”. And when visiting Haiti, put as address: UCI, Caiman area, Bohoc, Central Plateau, Pignon, Haiti.

    • Take many small bills in to exchange–like $5's or $10's.

    • Give the missionary family... FAMILY TIME!

    • Have a “weigh-in party” the day/evening before to get weight distributed amongst team members, make sure there are no unplanned overweights, and to avoid hassles at airports. It is advisable to have luggage with wheels so you can take care of your own and avoid hassles with luggage carriers and their tips.

  1. Pack most small items (especially food) in sealable Ziplock bags.

  2. Plan to leave as many of your renewable supplies as possible for use in UCI ministries or by the missionaries. It is difficult and expensive to get many things we take for granted.

United
Christians
international

info@ucihaiti.org

P.O. Box 862
Cherokee, Iowa

51012

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