Pack For A Purpose
Pack for A Purpose is an organisation that had its genesis in the travels of Scott and Rebecca Rothney. An intrepid and generous young couple, Scott and Rebecca discovered that although they had limited luggage allowed on a Safari in Africa, the airline was allowing them to pack more then they needed...
They decided that for their next Safari they would pack some extra things for a nearby school, like pencils and some soccer balls. What transpired after that was life changing for them and for a whole lot of children around the world, and led to the birth of Pack For A Purpose. Scott and Rebecca have compiled a list of valuable items that you may consider packing when you go on your next trip overseas. It may mean not packing that extra t-shirt, swimsuit or pair of shoes but what you get in return outweighs how you look on your overseas adventure!
Before You Pack
Check with your airline and travel agent to determine the current luggage allowance to your destination.
The following new items should be taken out of their original packaging and placed in the lightest possible plastic or fabric re-sealable bags: pens, pencils, erasers, individual pencil sharpeners, solar calculators, protractors and colored pencils.
The following items should be kept in their original packaging to prevent breakage: crayons, chalk, plastic and wooden rulers should be wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent breakage. Games such as Scrabble®, Connect Four®, Dominoes® and Bananagrams® should be left in their original packages.
Any medicines that you bring should have an expiration date at least 8 months after the time you are bringing them.
Expensive items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs etc. should be put in plastic or fabric re-sealable bags and packed in your carry-on luggage.
The following new items should be taken out of their original packaging and placed in the lightest possible plastic or fabric re-sealable bags: Band-Aids, bandages and any other items where the weight would be reduced by eliminating the original packaging.
For more information about this great organisation, and ideas on what to take with you on your next trip, check out the Pack for a Purpose website.
Photographer: Anthea Paul