Planning Your Mission Trip To A Rainy Climate? What Should You Do To Prepare?

Posted on: 18 January 2016

If you're planning to spend the next two years on a mission trip in the Pacific Northwest, Central or South America, or another part of the world known for record rainfall, you may be wondering about the transition from a drier lifestyle. Being a missionary can be physically grueling work at times, and you'll want clothing and gear that can stand up to anything Mother Nature can bring. You'll also want to avoid spending more money than budgeted by buying needed supplies just as the season's harshest weather kicks in. Read on to learn more about the supplies you'll need before heading to your rainy and humid new destination.

Fast-drying clothing

If you're planning to do a lot of traveling by bike, clothing designed to dry in just minutes with body heat can be your best option. While it may seem counterintuitive to just accept getting wet, it can be difficult (and dangerous) to try to maneuver a bag and umbrella while also steering your bike through traffic or over sidewalks or bumpy walkways. By investing in a visor that will help improve your visibility during heavy downpours and fast-drying clothing, you'll ensure you always have dry clothes within just a few minutes after seeking shelter -- and will be able to use both hands while navigating your bicycle.

A bonus to fast-drying clothing is its light weight. This clothing is easily packed in your messenger bag for a weekend trip and can give you enough space in your suitcase to bring other treasures on your journey.

A durable waterproof bag

Keeping your Bible, Book of Mormon, handouts, and other important materials safe and dry is crucial to your mission's success. You'll likely want a messenger-style bag made from a waterproof nylon or PVC-coated material. You can buy LDS bags online that meet these specifications. These materials will help water droplets bead up and quickly run off the surface of your bag rather than soaking in or transferring any moisture to the bag's contents.

While having waterproof luggage can also be a good idea, this may not be feasible from a financial perspective. If you're concerned about your existing luggage spending time in the rain, you may want to invest in a few boxes of heavy-duty plastic zipper bags before your trip. These can provide an additional layer of security for medication bottles, priceless letters, or other items that may need to be packed outside your LDS bag on occasion.