A Small Space in Your Suitcase Can Make a Big Impact in the World!

We know it can be hard to travel these days with all of the concerns and restrictions, but let’s try not to forget to help where and when we can.

What we're giving through Pack for a PurposeDid you know you can make a big impact on the lives of children around the world if you Pack for a Purpose?

How did we not know about this organization?

It’s such a simple way for us to use available space in our luggage to provide supplies to communities we visit – and we just had to share our good luck in finding out about it!

Here’s the scoop:

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By just making room for 5 pounds, you can bring:

– 400 pencils or
– 5 deflated soccer balls with an inflation device or
– A stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff and 500 band-aids

It’s easy! Go to the Pack for a Purpose website and find your destination. They’ll let you know what supplies are needed in that area and how they will benefit the community you are visiting.

It adds up! Since their inception in December 2009, the global travel community has donated more than
30,000 pounds of needed supplies to schools, clinics and orphanages worldwide.

How did we find out about this wonderful charity?

Parador Resort & Spa in Costa Rica

When we went to Costa Rica we stayed at the amazing Parador Resort & Spa.

We already knew that, as an eco-resort, they pride themselves on their commitment towards sustainable tourism, community outreach and education.

Then we saw this:

“We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.”

Click here to see our heartwarming visit to the school we packed for!

Now, happily, we can say:

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And we will do so from now on!

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

YOUR TURN: Did you know about Pack for a Purpose? Would you consider making room in your suitcase on your next vacation? Isn’t this a great idea?

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32 thoughts on “A Small Space in Your Suitcase Can Make a Big Impact in the World!”

  1. What an awesome way to help out and give back to local communities when you travel! I just bookmarked this website so I can participate when we travel to these destinations.

  2. Great post – when we travel to poorer nations we often bring pencils and coloured crayons. The kids always love it.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  3. We are just beginners at this but so far have taken a small amount of school supplies to Guatemala, Thailand and Turkey. We are leaving in a few days for India and researching what to take now. I love this concept and appreciate that you are helping spread the word.

  4. This is a great idea! And one I’d never heard of either. I shared on Facebook so more people will know about it. This is also a great way to make sure that the things we send get to their destination. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love this! Just checked out the packing wish list for Laos and picked a high school that is in need. We are headed there for our spring break. Thanks for sharing, Veronica and David!

  6. Pack for a Purpose wants to thank you so much for being “pack for a purpose travelers” and for helping us spread the word!

    With appreciation and warm regards,
    Rebecca Rothney
    Founder of Pack for a Purpose

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