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The week will feature one of the most well-known events a lot of US families look forward to all year. That being,…Black Friday. Of course Thanksgiving itself (now only two days away!) is a much loved family-celebratory-day-of thanks. But, for some, this ushers in the beginning of mega-sales and abundant shopping trips. Regardless if you participate in Black Friday shopping or not, most people will find themselves needing to purchase a wished-for gift for a special someone at some point in the next few weeks. Being #prepared as a volunteer traveler includes having desired items packed to keep your comfort level high and your sanity intact.

Referring to websites, and results from our Facebook Page poll, here is a list of items travelers may be wanting, along with example products provided. Disclaimer: we do not receive compensation for any items purchased through this blog post. In addition, this is a sample list. There are items and categories not mentioned but will be added in future posts.

Luggage, containers, and more. Before you purchase anything, you should consider the receptacle that will hold your stuff. Especially if you are taking only a carry-on bag. There are countless options out there that will hold everything from your small toiletries to packing cubes for your t-shirts and jeans.

Clothing-type Items. Have you thought about packing a towel that dries quickly and is a personal luxury in that far-from home volunteer space? What about shoes that take up little space and are very comfortable? These are examples of clothing-type items that people should consider when packing their bags. Popular categories, according to our Facebook poll respondents, also includes weather appropriate clothing, and apparel that will with-stand a natured-based volunteering experience.

Entertainment. Both enroute and at your destination, there are items you will want to take with you to keep you entertained. A book, a note-pad, a small card game, or coloring book will go far as you spend time whittling hours away in airports, airplanes, and nights in destination accommodations where Internet access might be limited. Noise-reducing ear-buds, headphones, and other tech-related gadgets are a welcome addition to any traveler’s wish list!

Food. Are you vegan, have specific food allergies, or simply would like to be #prepared by having familiar foods on hand to assist you with the introduction to unfamiliar cultural food. When I travelled to Tanzania last summer, I packed food-related items such as protein powder mixes, almond milk, and a small blender, to create breakfast smoothies that helped keep my digestive tract happy in a foreign environment.

Camera. Last but not least, you’ll want to ensure you snap all those treasured photos with a camera that suits your photography experience and matches your budget. Many travelers are, for example, using smartphones to capture breath-taking images with add-on trendsetting equipment. Others prefer to use a more traditional camera that can be grabbed at a moment’s notice without having to take a non-international compatible personal camera phone as well.


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