Packing with a Purpose

| December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas on ways to Travel with Purpose and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised by where I find new material. This morning I was reading my latest copy of the Costco Connection, a member magazine which includes advertising, as well as lifestyle and business articles. (Costco is a membership warehouse club in the U.S., where members can purchase a vast array of products from produce to funeral related items often at a substantial savings.)

The title of this article “Packing with Purpose” caught my eye.  I love the concept!  Use the extra room in your luggage to deliver donated items for those at your international destination who may be less fortunate than you. This could include delivering school supplies to Cancun, children’s clothing to Istanbul, or maybe sports gear and first aid items to Rwanda. We’re not talking about 40 pounds of supplies.  What about just 5 pounds?

Packing with a Purpose Costco Rothney

Photo from Costco Connection by Stanley Kariithi

At Pack for a Purpose founders, Scott and Rebecca Rothney have created a website where travelers can search for their destination from among 45 countries and find a hotel or other lodging that is willing to accept the items and deliver them to those in the community. Once you choose a destination you’ll also find a list of the items that are most needed in that area.

What a perfect way to give back to those host cities. Another benefit is that you’ll have extra room in your suitcase to bring home the locally produced items that you buy to help stimulate the economy there.  It’s definitely a win-win situation and sounds so easy.

I have personally witnessed the joy of delivering school supplies to children in Bosnia. You would not believe how much help and hope even the smallest gifts can bring.

Would you consider taking a few supplies to your next international destination?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this idea.

luggage by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

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