Before Your Next Trip, Learn to 'Pack for a Purpose'
If you're planning a trip abroad and want to help the community you're visiting without making a binding commitment, Pack for a Purpose has some pointers.
According to the organization's website, sacrificing a small amount of space in your luggage can have a big impact on the communities you visit. For example: with only five pounds' space you can transport 400 pencils, a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff and 500 band-aids, or 5 deflated soccer balls and an inflation device.
Packforapurpose.com also provides a guide to destinations around the world, what supplies are needed at each location, and where you can drop them off when you get there.
Not all of the destinations are off the beaten path either. One of the supply drop off spots is the posh
Ritz-Carlton in Cancun which is currently collecting school supplies for the nearby Colonia Chiapaneca School.
To find out how you can help, visit packforapurpose.org.