Top Ten Tips For the Best Road Trip Ever

Top Ten Tips For the Best Road Trip Ever

There is nothing more fun than an old-fashioned road trip. I love taking to the open road and exploring our country. Now, I’ve been a “road tripper” for some time and though I love air travel, I love the road trip because that’s how you can really experience the country. So it’s time to get your favorite tunes and munchies ready and plan your open road trip adventure with these ten easy road trip travel tips.

1. Plan your trip. First, you need to determine where you’re going to go and then plan your trip. Planning doesn’t have to take a long a time, but you do need to know the route you’re going to drive and points of interest along the way that you’re going to want to stop and explore. Half the fun of a road trip is seeing the sites along the way. I like to MapQuest my trip and have that as my main plan of attack for my road trip. GPS is very popular these days and I recommend them, but you can’t always rely on them when you hit construction zones or accidents on your journey. That’s why it’s essential that you have a real map with you for the areas you’ll be traveling to and to plan alternate routes if necessary.

2. Make your hotel reservations BEFORE you go. Part of the fun when traveling on the road is stopping wherever your heart desires, but there’s nothing worse than a “no room at the inn” experience on a road trip. You may not realize that there is a “Comic Book Trade Show,” “Strawberry Festival” or convention in town while you’re visiting and there are no rooms to be had. If you do not book your reservations in advance, not only are you running the risk of having to sleep in your car but also you can’t manage your road trip budget effectively. If you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends, consider staying at an all-suite hotel or even renting a time share, a great option for families taking a road trip. Did you know that 90 percent of people who own a timeshare don’t utilize it on a regular basis? Many great offers can be found at some of the bigger hotel chains that offer timeshares and many of them even have a washer and dryer. For my road trip to Scottsdale, I booked a fantastic one-bedroom suite with a kitchenette at a time share property directly through the hotel for just $100/night including tax at the Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas.

3. Give your car a full tune up before you go or consider renting a car. One week before you go on your road trip, take your car in for a tune up and ask your mechanic to ensure the car fluids are topped, air pressure in your tires is at its best for highway driving, and any other necessary concerns regarding your vehicle are addressed. Should you need to get something fixed, it is best to do it at a place you can trust before your road trip. Plus, it can be more expensive when it is a have-to situation. Also, make sure you pack a roadside safety kit just in case of an emergency. For me that kit includes my American Automobile Association membership card (Premier Membership). If you have a car that is no longer under warranty or has automatic roadside assistance, then a American Automobile Association membership is a necessity as it will save you a fortune in the unfortunate event you have a break down and have to have your car towed. If you’re at all concerned that your current vehicle is not “road trip worthy,” then you may want to consider renting a vehicle for your road trip. I did this for my trip to Arizona as I found a great deal on a rental car and had the peace of mind for my road trip.

4. Pack your own food and plan a picnic. I used to be addicted to stopping at fast food joints on a road trip. There was something that felt fun about that on a trip but I’ve since learned that I prefer to pack my own food for my journey. It doesn’t just keep me eating healthier, but it also saves money, too, especially if you’re traveling with your family. Also, if you plan ahead, you may find that there is a great stop for a scenic picnic in your travels and packing a picnic is so much better than flying through the Drive-through. If you do make a stop, either for a picnic or to explore a cool sight along the way.

5. Bring great music or audible books with you! Music is truly the soundtrack of our lives and every road trip needs a soundtrack. I think of my trip to Seattle every time I hear a Phil Collins song from “No Jacket Required” because that was the primary music I was listening to on that trip. I think of the Bahamas Harbor Island and the amazing walks on the Pink Sands Beach every time I hear Wilson Phillips music. It’s sort of like having a theme song for every vacation but hearing the music even today will evoke fun memories of wonderful trips. I also love catching up on books I’d like to read but somehow find it easier to listen to. That’s where audio books come in and you can download them to your mp3 player, iPhone, or other PDA device. !

6. Don’t forget to pack a boredom buster bag for the kids. One thing I’ve learned from producing for TV’s “The Travel Mom” Emily Kaufman, is that if you’re traveling with kids, you need to make sure you have plenty to entertain them during your road trip. She calls this the boredom buster bag. Don’t forget to pack some kid music your children like along with fun travel games that include magnetic board games. DVD players are an option for really long trips and as long as your child isn’t prone to car sickness. Of course, electronic games will keep your kids occupied but I would encourage you to limit the time on these toys especially if you’re traveling through some great scenic areas. It’s an excellent chance to bond as a family and your child’s memory of the trip will be lost if they’re lost in a Game Boy.

7. Remember, a road trip is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. One of my all time favorite road trips was the day my niece, Jessica, and I drove 52 enchanting miles on the “Road to Hana” on the island of Maui in Hawaii. I’ll never forget that the guide book said, “Remember, Hana is not a destination, it’s a journey.” Hana is located about 52 miles from Kahului, however a typical trip to Hana takes at least three hours, as the road is very winding with approximately 620 curves over 59 bridges, 46 of which have only one-lane. This delightful road trip is a memorable journey that winds through a lush, tropical rain forest that is laced with tumbling waterfalls, black sand beaches, scenic lava cliffs, fresh fruit stands, and tropical hillsides. Jessica and I stopped at least ten times including one stop to picnic on that black sand beach. We took photos by waterfalls, delicious fruit stands and beautiful tropical flower gardens. You should treat your road trip vacation the same way we did our Road to Hana: Enjoy your road trip as a journey, not a destination.

8. Make good use of every stop. I like to plan my stops for fuel, food, and restrooms so that I utilize my time efficiently and don’t waste time making three stops instead of one. Probably the most important thing is that every time you do stop, make sure everyone in the car uses the restroom (even if they think they don’t have to right then). This will cut down on the stops you’ll make only for that purpose. Also, if you’re traveling with kids, and you just need to stop for the restroom, I recommend stopping at a Starbucks. Parents can get a coffee or an ice tea, the restrooms are clean, and there are not a lot of distractions for kids (like toys to buy) that a truck stop or gas station may have. Use the Starbucks store locator at their website to help you plan your stops before you go. Do be a “good egg” and make a purchase at Starbucks while you’re there.

9. Avoid Trouble. When you’re on a road trip, you need to be street wise. Don’t be a target for crime by leaving your valuables on the seat in your car (DVD players, Game Boys, etc.) and don’t advertise you’re on a road trip with pillows and blankets every where. When you park your car, hide your valuables and road trip creature comforts. If you are proactive at keeping your “I’m on a road trip clues” clearly hidden, any thief or troublemaker should just walk right by your car. Other street wise considerations is to always park where there is good light and foot traffic and make sure your windows are rolled up and the doors are locked whenever you leave your car. You may also want to purchase items like “the Club” if you like that extra insurance for safety. Finally, when you’re driving, watch your speed. Speeding gives you the chance to get a ticket and more importantly, it decreases your time to react if the need should arise. If you are the driver, you are responsible for your passengers. When you see signs that say, “Speed limits are photo enforced,” believe them. Other good driving tips include avoiding rush hour, especially in bigger cities, and whenever possible take turns driving with other people in the car. You’ll also want to avoid driving at night if you are not familiar with your surroundings.

10. Get a Go City Card and save up to 55% on attractions and theme parks at your vacation destination. Last year, I flew my 8-year-old niece, Alexis, and 10-year-old nephew, Tyler, out to Los Angeles for their spring break (using Southwest Airlines Reward Miles, of course) and we took a road trip down to San Diego. That’s when I discovered the money saving Go City Card for San Diego. With this card, I saved hundreds of dollars in admissions to Legoland, the Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Zoo and other attractions including a Whale Watch on the Pacific Ocean just by purchasing a Go San Diego Card.

Instead of paying individually for each local attraction, you pay one price for up to 40 attractions (depending on the city your visiting) and you get to create your own experience, tailoring your activities based on what you like to do, while also enjoying tremendous savings. For example, with the Go Los Angeles Card, you can choose one, two, three, five, or seven day cards at a low, pre-paid price to gain access to 40 included attractions. This saves up to 55% compared to buying tickets directly at Universal Studios Hollywood, LEGOLAND California, Knott’s Berry Farm, Paramount Studios, the Queen Mary, and many more attractions. Go City Cards are available in many cities and vacation destinations in the U.S. including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Honolulu, Orlando, Miami, Seattle, Blue Ridge and even Toronto.

Final Tips: Don’t forget your cell phone and make sure you’re “hands free” when you do use it while driving. In many states, it’s the law, but it’s also down right dangerous. Always use your cell phone “hands free” when you drive. Don’t forget to update your software on your mobile before you leave because you don’t want to be charged higher rates for roaming charges. Finally, it’s a real good idea to email a copy of your itinerary to other family members or friends in case of an emergency – this is especially a good idea for women traveling together. Now, drive safe and have fun!

Trip Cancellation Travel Insurance

Trip Cancellation Travel Insurance

Looking for a trip cancellation only plan?

Stop looking. Trip cancellation only plans are not available. Neither are trip interruption only plans. All trip cancellation / interruption travel insurance plans are package plans that include some (or a lot more) medical, emergency evacuation, luggage, travel delay and other common coverages.

Here are the 2 parts of a trip cancellation travel insurance plan:

Trip cancellation coverage (before you leave on your trip): you, a close family member or a traveling companion gets hurt or sick before you leave (and your doctor advises you against traveling). Travel insurance reimburses you the money you lose. This is especially important if you’re concerned about a pre-existing medical condition.
Trip interruption coverage (after you leave on your trip): you, a close family member including a non-traveling family member, or a traveling companion gets hurt or sick while you’re on your trip and you have to return home early. Travel insurance reimburses you the unused value of your trip plus pays the cost of one-way airfare up to its limit.

How does trip cancellation travel insurance work?

You book a cruise, tour or other trip that requires you to pay money up front. Sometime before the trip, the money you paid becomes all or partially nonrefundable. What I mean by nonrefundable is, that if you were to cancel your trip, you will not get any cash refunds.

How the trip cancellation benefit works:

Let’s say, you and your spouse paid $5,000 each for a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Two days before you’re supposed to leave you’re going out to get the mail and you get hit by a cement truck. In my examples, no one ever dies, but if you are hit by a cement truck i’m sure your doctor would advise you against traveling.

The fact that your cancel your trip just two days before you were supposed to leave, means that it’s highly unlikely you’re going to receive any refund on the $10,000 ($5,000 each) you paid for your trip. However, if you had bought a trip cancellation travel insurance plan some time in the days or weeks or months prior to being hit by a cement truck, and had insured your $5,000 per person trip cost, your trip cancellation travel insurance plan will reimburse you 100% of the money you lost on the trip, or in this case the full $10,000.

However, let’s say you only insured $3500 each of your $5,000 per person trip cost. In this case, the maximum amount of money you will receive from your trip cancellation travel insurance plan is $7,000 ($3,500 each), which is the maximum cost you had insured.

How the trip interruption benefit works:

You get to South America safely and this time, your brother-in-law (who you’ve never really cared for), is going out to get the mail and he gets hit by a cement truck. Even though you’re sure he deserved it, out of respect you and your spouse cut your trip short and return home early.

Returning home means your interrupted trip will have some unused value as will your return plane tickets. Plus, you’ll have to buy an expensive one-way last minute ticket home.

For the purposes of this example, your unused trip will be worth $3,000 for each of you. If you had insured your full $5,000 per person trip cost, your trip cancellation travel insurance plan will reimburse you up to $5,000 (and on some plans, a maximum of $7,500) of the money you lost on the trip plus the cost of the one-way last minute ticket home.

The maximum reimbursement depends on the percentage of trip cost you plan covers for trip interruption. Some plans state it as 100% of trip cost, while others cover as much as 150% of trip cost.

I hope this makes sense to you. If not, post a comment here or contact me and I’ll do my best to help you understand trip cancellation travel insurance.

Five Road Trip Ideas

Five Road Trip Ideas

Road trip ideas? It’s a pretty vague concept.

However, here are our five of our favourite ideas, in five different continents:

North America
Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA
Nothing screams “road trip” more than the thought of cruising down the highway with the windows down, driving music on and sun shining.

For that reason, no list worth its salt could exclude this classic trip.

The 123-mile route starting in Monterey and ending in Morro Bay threatens sensual overlaod, such is the beauty and diversity of the five-hour trip across the central Californian coastline.

From the Redwood groves of Big Sur through the breathtaking altitude of the stunning Garrapatta State Park, every mile of this route offers something worth seeing – an unforgettable photo opportunity. Even stopping off for something to eat is a worthwhile experience, pushing this into solid gold road trip ideas territory – Nepenthe, a restaurant perched 800 feet above sea level offers the kind of views you simply can’t buy.

However you choose to enjoy this route, its one with wonderful diversity, and all the while hugging the beautiful Pacific coast.

Europe
Yorkshire, England
The biggest county in England, Yorkshire is traditionally divided into three areas, or “ridings”, the north, west and east.

It’s one of the most diverse areas in the country, offering vibrant city life and humble, unhurried villages, making this one of the best trips in the UK.

Start in the rolling hills of the national park the Yorkshire Dales in West Yorkshire, and visit quaint, wonderfully laid-back towns such as Kettlewell and Skipton stopping in the country pubs and B&Bs, then head north east towards the county’s second national park, the North York Moors, and explore the heather-filled hills that stretch right out towards the north sea. Spend an evening in beautiful seaside town Whitby (of Cptain Cook and Dracula fame) then drive back through the moors to the historic city of York – Britain’s most haunted city, and undoubtedly one of its most beautiful.

Oceania
North Island, New Zealand
Sometimes road trip ideas are more than just that – sometimes taking a road trip is simply a necessity. No visit to New Zealand can be complete without a road trip of the country’s north island.

In this diverse country, you can take your pick from thousands of permutations, but we recommend doing one that goes between Auckland and capital, Wellington.

Road trip ideas can be tailored to your specific needs, and nowhere is it more apparent than on this route, where, depending on your exact route, you can expect to find lakes, rainforest, volcanic fields and mountains. With natural beauty at every turn, this is one of the most fulfilling trips you could take.

Asia
Bangkok to Singapore
Like to be ambitious? Step right this way. A road trip from Bangkok to Singapore will take in a mammoth 1,250 miles, but we can pretty much guarantee it’ll be about the most stunning car journey of your life.

Taking in everything from jungles to rainforests, to plantations and stunning beaches, if you have a few weeks to spare, this could be every kind of break you ever dreamed of rolled into one. Bookended by two of the most impressive urban areas on the planet, with road trip ideas like this, it’s the kind of trip that the phrase “trip of a lifetime” was coined for.

South America
Argentina, La Cuarenta
If you like trips to involve desolation, you’ve come to the right place.

La Cuarenta is possibly the loneliest road trip in the world, but the feeling of isolation and desolation it brings – many roads off the Ruta Nacional 40 the route takes simply lead to nowhere – allow a sharper focus for the simply gorgeous things you’ll find along the way – Andean lakes, incredible wildlife and pre-Colombian roack art.

Trips like this won’t be for everyone. High winds can prove hazardous to motorcyclists, while the sheer desolation can be intimidating in itself, but if you’re of the adventurous kind, it’ll be the kind of trip you’ll be telling the grandkids about.

When working on road trip ideas, all require careful planning. Always make sure your vehicle’s had a good service before you head off, make sure you carry some extra petrol in a jerry can, and make sure you have a comprehensive map. Take non-perishable food and drink, too, as well as blankets.

The unexpected can and does happen on road trips, whichever road trip ideas you concoct – that’s part of the fun, but always make sure you’re fully prepared should things go awry.

This guide alone can’t begin to provide a comprehensive range of wonderful road trip ideas, but hopefully it’s given enough food for thought in whatever road trip ideas you go with.

First-hand experience has taught me how overwhelming it can be to plan for a trip and often it’s the little things that can contribute to a stressful situation.

Steps to a Fun Filled Bus Trip

10 Steps to a Fun Filled Bus Trip

10 STEPS – HOW TO ORGANIZE A FUN FILLED BUS TRIP

1) DECIDE ON A PLACE TO GO
You want to go places people want to go to. A trip across town to the local Mall or Movie theater is not something people want to do on a Bus trip. Also a place with a high entrance fee is not always appealing, for example if the bus cost $30.00 and the venue cost $100.00 many may not be able to afford to this.

Some place like New York City, Washington D.C. or Baltimore, MD. Have many options and a trip On Your Own works well. Where as places like Annapolis, MD. Atlantic City, NJ., PA. Grand Canyon have less options and need to be more structured.

Generally speaking the more structured the higher the cost. Bottom line you need to know your people, Age, Interests and Physical abilities.

I once had a senior group on tour that had 5 or 6 places to tour, by the time we got to the last place most were so tired they didn’t even get off the bus, as a matter of fact they didn’t even want to stop for supper they were so tired. So this tour was too much for the age and physical ability.

2) PICK A DATE FOR YOUR BUS TRIP
Once you have a place or Destination you need to decide on a date. Sometimes this can be the hardest decision. Everyone gathers around checking their date books and seeing what works for everyone. This won’t happen, schedules are too busy. You need to pick a date making sure it is far enough in advance that plans can be made, announcements given and flyers prepared. Again know your group. If they are middle-aged with younger children, work and school have to be taken into consideration. Were as a Senior group is ready most any date or time of the week.

3) PICK A STARTING AND ENDING TIME
Once you know where your going and when you are going. Now what time are you going to start and end your trip. The families with younger school aged children need more time to get ready in the morning, some seniors are not ready to start their day at 5 AM and also many need a little more time to get ready. Starting your trip between 7 AM and 9 AM is a normal starting time. What ever time you decide you must make it FIRM.

As for an Ending time, again, know your people. Children need rest and those who have to work the next day also need their rest. Seniors usual tire earlier than others and most don’t like to drive late at night. Also you need to consider how long from your destination it will take to get home. If it is a 3 hour drive and you want to be home by 8PM you can’t leave for home at 7PM.

4) ESTABLISHING TRIP COST
The Bus has one set cost that can be divided by 47 the number of seats on the bus. This is simple division with the exception of the needs of others and or the addition of added personnel such as Tour guides or Host if applicable. Also if there are any admission cost, this also needs to be added to the trip cost. You also need to decide if meals are included or if that would be extra for everyone to provide for themselves

5) HAVE A CONTACT PERSON
Having a contact person or team is vital to the success of your trip. Don’t have more than 2 or 3 people in charge. The old adage To many cooks spoil the soup comes to mind. Make sure the contacts keep in communication with one another so everyone is on the same page. Knowing how many seats are sold, and who has or hasn’t paid. Also if the trip is sold out it is good to have a cancellation list just in case someone needs to back out or there is a sickness at the last moment.

6) ADVERTISING YOUR TRIP
Now that you have the elements of your trip, it is time to get people onboard. Advertising your trip doesn’t have to be expensive. If this is a social, school or church group, members can pass the word. Bulletin boards, Church handouts, School papers just to name a few. You can’t start to early even is the trip is 6 months away fill the trip (ASAP) as so as possible.

7) SIGN-UP, DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Have a sign up sheet or Trip request form so you can track how many people are going and how many are needed. It is very important to keep the tally up to date so you know where you are at. It is wise to request a deposit when someone signs up to make sure the people are really interested, than have final payment due some time before the trip date, so there are no last minuet surprises the day of the trip. Tickets are not necessary but some people want tangible evidence that they have a seat reserved.

8) DURING THE BUS RIDE
For your people who are seasoned travelers this is redundant. But there are always new travelers who just don’t know. On our Bus trips we allow people to bring food and drinks onboard. Let your people know this, for kids it is extremely helpful and some people have medication and need to eat or drink with it. On every bus there are hot and cold spots. It is advisable to bring a sweater or small blanket also a pillow or an extra cushion can be helpful. Encourage your people to bring reading material, games, puzzles, etc. Also our bus is equipped with video both VHS and DVD feel free to bring some along. It is also acceptable to play game and have prizes this makes the ride go faster and it is more fun.

9) DAY OF TRIP
If there are admission tickets purchased DO NOT give them out until the day of the trip preferably on the bus while on your way to your destination. The reason for this advise is so no one has forgotten or lost their tickets prior to the trip. Lost of forgotten tickets are just that. The venues have prepared and sent the tickets. No ticket No admission.

10) EXTRA THOUGHTS
Everyone traveling should have someone at home, either a family member, neighbor or friend that knows where they are and what times they will be away. If they are going on an extended trip be sure to have your mail and papers picked up or delivers halted until your return.

Everyone or at least every group should have a cell phone. Even if you don’t have a cell phone plan go to Wal-Mart and purchase a disposable one for the duration of your trip. This is for emergencies or if you get separated from the group so you can contact your leader or they can contact you. It is very hard these days to find a pay phone or at least one that work.

How to Plan and Organize a Mission Trip

How to Plan and Organize a Mission Trip

1. Promote, Promote, Promote – Start Spreading the Word As Soon As possible!

Talk With Your Pastor – Ask his blessing and help in promoting your mission trip. Ask him if he would promote and talk about the trip from the pulpit.

Put Announcements in Your Church Bulletin – Announce it up front, promote it from the pulpit, call people, talk to people; ask for stories of people who have already gone on a short-term mission trip, do a skit, do whatever you can to get the word out.

Put a Sign Up Sheet In The Lobby of Your Church – Put out a nice, attractive, sign-up sheet in a well-known spot and encourage people to sign up if they’re interested in going. Your first step is to throw wide the net and gather all who have any interest.

Put Together an Information Trip Packet – Along with the sign-up sheet, if you have the capability, put together a mission trip packet that answers as many questions as you can think of. This will provide information prior to your information meeting to better inform those interested.

Set a Date For an Information Meeting – About one month after you have started promoting the trip, have an information meeting to inform those interested and to answer everyone’s questions. Some issues to cover would be; finances, food prep, Vacation Bible School prep, trip schedule, meeting schedule for trip planning, and etc.

Announce the Procedure for Group Registration – As part of your meeting, let those at the information meeting know how to get on board. It works well to set a $25.00 or more non-refundable registration fee for group registration. For some reason, money firms up decisions.

Establish the Total Cost – Take into consideration travel, insurance, food, and other costs. Take into account the three following factors in planning your trip that need to be decided that will affect your trip cost:

Food Costs – Try to calculate what food cost will be. Think about things like food while traveling and food on your mission trip.

Building Materials for Work Projects – Some mission organizations provide building materials as part of their fees, others do not. Be sure to check this out as it could be a huge factor affecting your total costs. For many teams, helping out with building is a major part of their trip and experience. It also helps those you go to serve as well.

Ministry Costs & Plans – Will you do ministry outreaches? Take into consideration costs for Bibles, Tracts and Vacation Bible School supplies.

2. Establish Your Group!

Set Up Your Meeting Schedule for Group Preparation & Training – You will normally need a minimum of about 6-8 meetings to allow adequate time for Vacation Bible School and ministry prep. Don’t forget your spiritual prep which is the most important of all.

Set Up Money Due Dates – Set up a schedule for Team Members that lets them know when their funds are due for your mission trip.

3. Establish Your Mission Trip Prep. Meetings & Schedule!

Here are some items you might want to consider in your mission trip prep meetings:

Fund Raising Help and Ideas for Team Members – An important part of making your mission trip happen is fund-raising.

Vacation Bible School Prep – Most mission teams do Vacation Bible Schools on their mission trips.

Community Outreach Prep – Also, mission teams do Community Outreaches. You might want to come prepared for that as well.

Testimony Prep – A great way to help others is by sharing your testimonies.

Meal Prep – If your trip includes your own food prep, an option to consider if you don’t have a cook, is to designate a kitchen and meal coordinator to oversee the meals and kitchen. Divide the group into food teams and allow them to plan the meals (with the oversight of the kitchen and meal coordinator). Some meals can be pre-cooked then prepared on site if your mission trip is not too far away. Make sure you have healthy meals as you will be exerting extra energy while on your trip.

Lodging – Be certain to know what your lodging accommodations will be like. You obviously want a safe, somewhat healthy environment for your team. It’s okay to suffer some, but if you can transfer the energy you would expend on suffering into effective ministry then that’s ideal. If we’re called to suffer then we should, but if we don’t have to do so unnecessarily then that’s better.

Spiritual Prep – Don’t neglect this important area. Without right hearts we have nothing to offer. One of the great benefits of a mission trip is that you have a wonderful platform for discipleship training. The trip can serve a much larger purpose than the time you’re serving. Try to get as much mileage out of your discipleship training time as possible and think of ways to disciple and use the group or individuals upon returning home.

Paperwork Prep – It’s good to start early if some don’t have Passports. It can take up to a couple months to get them so let your team know up from so they can get started on them. Passports are now required (with some exceptions) for re-entry into the U.S.

Training Prep – Don’t forget you’re going to be ministering cross-culturally and you need to prepare your team for this. There are many tools for doing this on the Internet. Please look at the resources links below for help in this area as well.

Safety Concerns – It’s common for folks to be concerned with safety on a mission trip. While sharing the Gospel is never risk free and we should have the faith to trust God will protect us, we shouldn’t be foolish as well and put ourselves into harm’s way if we don’t have to.

4. One Month Prior to Trip Departure!

Double check your Master Checklist – Make sure you’ve covered all your bases and nothing is forgotten.
Order Bibles and Tracts – If not already done yet, make sure to order Bibles and Tracts for your ministries.
Vehicle Insurance – Take into account you might need vehicle insurance for your mission trip if you are traveling by land.
Daily Devotionals – During the week of your mission trip, it’s great to have group devotions each morning.
Group Tee-Shirts – If you would like, you can design your own tee-shirts for your mission trip. This can be very valuable and act as a great keepsake and reminder of God’s work in each person’s life.

5. Final Departure Plans!

Paperwork Checklist – Make sure you have all of your paperwork and passports in order. Important note: We recommend that all paperwork be kept in a briefcase or etc. in the possession of the leader at all times as folks can easily lose their paperwork.

Review the Master Checklist – To be sure you’ve remembered everything.