A dear friend of mine is going on a short term missions trip to Africa in a few weeks. Watching her, and listening to her, prepare for her trip has brought back fond memories of my own short term missions trips, and I wanted to give her a practical gift for her trip. While my short term missions trips were to Central America, El Salvador to be exact, I know that practical gifts (and money) mean a lot to the short term missionary! Thanks to Mosquitno, I was able to give her bug repellent bracelets to take with her.
Mosquitno bands are all-natural mosquito repellent bracelets. They are Deet-Free non-toxic silicone bracelets that are infused with natural citronella oil. Each bracelet lasts up to 150 hours, is waterproof, and comes in a resealable pouch (just in case you only need to wear it a few hours at a time). I may not be able to fit in her suitcase (trust me, I would try for a trip to Africa!!!), but I know these bracelets will.
Mosquito bites aren’t just annoying, they are a potential health hazard since mosquitoes can carry (and spread) deadly diseases and illnesses like West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Malaria. I know these Mosquitno bands will go a long way toward keeping my friend mosquito bite free AND safe.
I recently took the kids to a local park, that is notorious for it’s insect population since it has a LOT of trees, and I took advantage of the opportunity to try one of the bracelets out myself. I always put mosquito repellant stickers on the kids clothes, but often forget to put them on my own, so the bracelet came in handy. While I usually come home from that park with multiple bug bites, I managed to escape a four hour stay at the park with NOT ONE BITE while I had the bracelet on. Awesome!
Anyway, as I was thinking about my friend and her upcoming mission trip, as well as my previous mission trips, I couldn’t help but think that there are some things just make practical missionary gifts. Here’s just a few:
- Mosquitno Bracelets- if the climate is tropical or rainy, the mosquitos are sure to be present.
- Antibacterial hand wipes- clean water isn’t always available for hand hygeine.
- A journal- a small notebook or journal that will easily fit in a small bag is a great way to document thoughts and experiences.
- Light Sticks- the snap and shake kid. They are great for low level lighting excursions AND make a neat trinket for the kids that the missionary will be ministering to.
- Granola bars- it sounds silly, but small portable snacks are an awesome travel gift. Just make sure you know if the missionary has any allergies you need to avoid.
- What else do you think would make great, practical, gifts for a short term missionary?
- Check back tomorrow, because I’ll be posting a giveaway for Mosquitno bracelets!