What to Bring

What should I take on Commission Unto Mexico?

  1. Spirit of unity and plenty of smiles
  2. Bible, pen or pencil and notebook
  3. Earplugs (in case one of your roommate snores)
  4. Passport or passport card for border crossing
        Under 18 on the day the trip begins? Your parents must sign a permission document and have it notarized.
  5. Work gloves
  6. Waterless hand sanitizing lotion
    Brands include Citrus II, Coleman, Dial, Mediderm, Purell and Safehands.
    Get the waterless, alcohol-based lotion rather than just antibacterial soap. Waterless hand washes kill 99.9% of germs in 15 seconds. <
  7. Wet wipes (to be used, for example, for cleaning up)
  8. Diarrhea and upset stomach remedies like Imodium or Lomotil
  9. Aspirin or your preferred headache and pain remedy
  10. Decongestant
  11. Dramamine, if you have problems with motion sickness
  12. Personal hygiene items
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and other personal toiletries
    • Electric razors and hair dryers from the U.S. can be used since electrical current in Mexico is 110 volts, 60 cycle.
  13. A water bottle to refill at the hotel each day and to use at the job site
  14. Money for tips.
    Tips at the hotel are not included in our package. If someone from the hotel helps carry a suitcase, they should be tipped. The waiters at breakfast and the maid should be tipped.
  15. A supply of your favorite packaged snack foods
  16. Table games
    Missionary Laura Sylvester liked to say, "The UNO game is always fun in two languages."
  17. Small Spanish/English dictionary
    Harpet-Collins has an inexpensive paperback one
    Another great Spanish language learning book is Barron's Spanish Visual Lanuage Guide
  18. For tool suggestions, click on the "construction" page [ tools flyer ]
Optional ministry items:
  1. Treats for VBS events (balloons, pens, bags of candy, etc.). For information on balloon animals and balloon sculptures, click on the "evangelism" tab. Click on the "advice" page tab to see what previous participants suggest that you bring.
  2. Small tools (tape measure, screwdriver, hammer, masonry tools)
  3. Clown suit and/or puppets
  4. Boxes of crayons, scissors or other craft items for VBS events
  5. Socks — particularly children's sizes — to give away.

Forbidden items

  • Alcohol, drugs and tobacco. This is a Nazarene Work & Witness event. We are a drug-free, total abstinence community of faith.
  • Fireworks. Every New Year's eve, Mexicans get injured and killed with fireworks. For safety reasons, SNU -- as well as Work & Witness -- has a "no fireworks" rule on this trip.

What should I wear?

You will need work clothes, plus something to wear for church services.
Choose clothing that will keep people's eyes on Christ and not on us. Our witness for Christ is far more important than for us to feel "comfortable."

Men: Cutoffs or tanktops will not be allowed. Such apparel will leave the impression that we are crude. Suits are not required for church services, but you should wear slacks and a sport shirt.

Women: Slacks/jeans may be worn while working or sightseeing but not in church services. Please do not bring shorts with you.

The nights are cool and the days are warm. So, bring clothes that are suited for both temperatures.

Layers of clothing is probably the best way to dress.  Often the nights will be quite cool and then the temperature will rise dramatically during the day.

Need more information?

E-mail us: mexico@snu.edu  Call us: 405-491-6314
Write us: Commission Unto Mexico, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th, Bethany, OK 73008 

"I left my heart in Mexico." -- Jennifer Branigan