giving back || PACKING

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Travel is our religion. We love it, it’s a precious and luxurious gift. Every journey enriches the soul, filling us with collections of beautiful stories, providing us with sense fulfilling inspiration, and enables us to become aware and appreciative of what makes us all unique and wonderfully diverse. That is why when we travel to places that have people who need help we like to give back. We try to provide others with a little something to aid in leaving a small positive footprint wherever we go, a gift of thanks in return for the gifts we are given in visiting a country. We were delighted to discover on our recent trip to Jamaica the organization Pack for a Purpose. Their mission is simple “…to positively impact communities around the world by assisting travelers who want to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit”. And the action is even easier to support them, all you have to do is “use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to communities you visit”.


We packed a bunch of school supplies that we purchased at [pencils, wall charts, flashcards & games]. We then delivered them to the staff at Goldeneye Hotel & Resort upon our arrival. The goods were later collected by Jonathan Gosse – the Executive Director for – Oracabessa Foundation. Jonathan was so kind as to email us some pictures with where our supplies ended up, along with this note:

“Thanks for your generous donation through GoldenEye’s Pack for a Purpose programme.  Just a quick note to let you know that I picked up the items and delivered them to Race Course Basic School which is about 1 mile east of GoldenEye.  I’ve attached a couple photos to give you some idea where the items went. Thanks again!”




On your next trip I encourage you to do the same it is as simple as:

1. Check with Pack for a Purpose for the country you are visiting.
2. Purchase goodies that are required.
3. Pack them into your luggage.
4. Deliver them to your hotel / tour operator at your destination for delivery.

Some places you can actually go to the schools or organizations to deliver them in person. It feels good ‘giving back’.


16 responses to giving back || PACKING

  1. kalayman20

    I’m so glad I stumbled across this post. I love to travel and most of my traveling has been for volunteering purposes, but if I ever travel for leisure to a place that could use some positive impact I will be sure to keep this organization in mind. What a great idea to help travelers leave a positive impact.


  2. CascadeBob

    Good stuff. We found this Henry Miller quote so closely matches our travel experience that we’ve adopted it as our website’s motto, “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”

    We’ll take things like nice cotton sheets and towels as gifts to family and friends in Mexico during our frequent trips there. They can get them, but they’re much cheaper to buy here in the States. We’ve also noticed that in many countries things like writing paper and pencils & pens are expensive and kind of hard to come by.


  3. myhouseisabackpack

    Thank you for sharing this information on your blog! We are heading to South America and have been looking at ways we can contribute in some small way to say thank you and give back to the amazing countries we visit! You made my day with this post, truly grateful xSN

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  4. Fiona Dunlop

    Fantastic. You are an inspiration in so many ways. I think my religion is the same as yours I am just not “practising” at the moment!

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  5. lruthnum

    This is such a brilliant idea – will definitely look at doing this when I go travelling next year. So lovely to see the pictures of where your items ended up and to know the good they are doing!

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