In this article, we’ll discuss some of the tips and tricks that will help you stay safe and comfortable on your mission trip. We’ve learned these through our extensive missionary trip and humanitarian travel experience over the last three decades. We’ve help thousands of people prepare for their missionary trips.
Reading this article, you’ll discover hints on staying safe while away, and learn how to decide what to wear on any mission trip.
Four essential safety tips for mission trips
While knowing what to wear on a mission trip will help to keep you safe, there are also other safety issues that might be worrying you. Here we tackle the four major areas of safety concern for any mission trip.
1. Money and Valuables
You won’t need a lot of cash to make a success of your calling. A few dollars for souvenirs should suffice. Leave valuables behind, perhaps taking just a couple of sentimental items for peace of mind and to remind you of home. When at your mission, keep cash and other belongings secure at all times.
Make sure that the church running the mission knows your special dietary requirements. They are used to dealing with allergies and intolerances, and will be able to provide a variety of food choices. However, they may not be able to guarantee that you won’t be exposed to certain foods. You may need to take supplementary foods with you. If you use an EpiPen to combat allergic reactions, ensure that you have it with you at every meal time.
It may be that you are needed to drive while at the mission, or be transported to other church groups. Make sure you are given maps and driving instructions to and from your destination. If possible, churches usually travel by a caravan process. Traveling in a group like this increases safety when driving through different communities, with more people looking out for each other.
Don’t rely on GPS to do your navigational work for you. If you’re worried about reading a map and using a compass, this simple map reading course will teach you all you need to know.
If you’re not comfortable driving, let your leaders know before traveling.
4. Emergency contacts
Make sure that you know the mission’s emergency contact details. Commit the emergency line number to your memory.
Make sure that the mission also has details of your emergency contacts. It’s rare that something goes wrong – but if it should, you’ll want your loved ones back home to be kept informed. Make sure that your loved ones also know how to get in touch with the mission should they need to.
What to wear on a mission trip
Deciding what to wear on a mission trip can be tricky. There’s a lot of factors to be considered. While some churches will provide a specific list of suitable clothing, others expect you to make the call based on your best judgement. But how do you judge what to wear on a mission trip to a place you’ve never visited before?
Here are four simple questions to answer, which will inform your clothing decision:
1. What’s the weather going to be like?
Consider the climate at the time of year during your mission trip. Think about temperatures and rainfall.
2. What is the local culture?
Take time to research the local culture. There may be standards of clothing that are expected of you, especially if traveling away from your mission base. You may be required to cover bare flesh, or wear headscarves, for example.
3. What activities will you be taking part in?
The activities that you will be undertaking will also have an impact on your mission trip clothing.
If you are walking door-to-door delivering God’s message, the clothes you wear will be somewhat different to those needed to stay comfortable and safe when helping to build a new church. Speak to the mission leaders and previous missionaries to find out what the best clothing will be.
4. Will you be doing a lot of walking?
If you’re going to be walking long distances, you may need to take walking boots.
Whatever the terrain, and whatever work you’ll be doing, make sure you have appropriate footwear. Dark shoes, and not open toes, are best for safety and are generally acceptable by all cultures. A tip here is to buy your footwear a few weeks before you travel. This way you’ll have time to wear them in and make sure they are comfortable to wear, walk in, and work in.
Final clothing tips
It’s always wise to err on the cautious side when deciding what to wear on a mission trip:
- Plain clothing, with a modest cut
- Plain T-shirts with no logos or designs
- Shorts should be on the long side
- Wear long skirts that are loose and not figure-hugging
If you’re in doubt about what to wear on your mission trip, speak to the church and ask its advice. You’ll want to be safe and comfortable. You’ll also want to show respect to the people and culture to whom you’re spreading the word of God.
Contact us today and we’ll be pleased to help with advice on the specific items that you’ll need for your destination, including medical requirements, the best clothing to take, and, of course, how to get there with the least fuss and at the best cost.