Each team member will bring the following:

ONE PIECE OF LUGGAGE PROVIDED BY YOU containing all of your personal gear and weighing 50 lb. or less (rolling duffle recommended). We ask that you travel with luggage with inline skate wheels and a telescoping handle for ease of travel and packing. We recommend purchasing a TSA lock.

ANOTHER PIECE OF LUGGAGE PROVIDED BY YOU or BY EASTSIDE (rolling duffle preferred). We will pack this piece with ministry gear during our “Pack and Pray”. Each person will be responsible to see their luggage through airport check in, customs, and in country transport.

BACK PACK (Soft) which will serve as your carry-on and as your day-pack on the field.  (No purses, women!) In this backpack you should pack a change of clothing, prescription medications, snacks (no fruit or water) and small toiletries (3 oz or less in a clear, one-quart ziplock or TSA approved bag – see TSA Guidelines below). These toiletries will be used in the event that your luggage is delayed upon our arrival on field, for any overnight stays associated with our flights.

Eastside will provide each team member with the following:

Travel Wallet (with passport & other travel docs)

Luggage Tags


With the primary goal being to keep our borders and those traveling across them safe, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has put in place the following policies & procedures. Our teams are expected to cooperate fully with TSA officials and to conduct themselves in a Christlike manner at all times.

3-1-1 CARRY ON POLICY: 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-lock bag or TSA approved zippered pouch; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. The three ounce container size is a security measure.

Dress The Part: Transportation security officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. You will need to remove any metal and place it in the tub, including belts. Do the team a favor and eliminate any unnecessary metal from your person before walking through the metal detector (i.e. -jewelry, phones, change, belts, etc.)   Travelers are required to remove their shoes before entering the walk-through metal detector at all U.S. airports and put them through the x-ray machine for inspection.

Getting Through The Line Faster: Passengers are asked to bear in mind the following advice to help make their passage through the airport as efficient and comfortable as possible.

Pack an organized backpack to help transportation security officers see what’s in your bag. Innocent items can actually appear to be potential threats in an X-ray image, simply by the way they’re packed.  

Be advised that you will be required to remove electronic items from your backpack and submit them separately for x-ray screening. Small electronics, such as phones, can remain in your backpack.

Prepare your 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, ziplock bag of liquids before arriving at the airport and have handy.

Pack coats and jackets in your checked baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection.

Be prepared, when it’s your turn, to place shoes, ziplock bag of liquids, outerwear, passport wallet, pocket items and metal items in the tub.

Do not wrap gifts. If a security officer needs to inspect a package, they may have to unwrap your gift.

Make certain you have everything before you leave the security area and that your travel wallet has been returned to around your neck.

When in doubt, leave it out. If you’re not sure about whether you can bring an item through the checkpoint, put it in your checked bag or leave it at home. You can check http.// to find out what’s allowed.

Think Before You Speak: Belligerent behavior, inappropriate jokes and threats will not be tolerated. They will result in delays and possibly missing your flight. Local law enforcement may be called if necessary.

Put The Camera Away: Passengers are not permitted to take photos inside any security area or customs area of the airport. A warning will be issued and in some cases the camera may be confiscated. So just put the camera away until you have completely cleared either of these areas.


Most likely your bag will not be searched, but there are random security checks and you may be pulled aside and asked to take your bag to a table where it will be checked. These random checks are for the protection of everyone. If you are singled out for a security check, RELAX! It doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong or that they suspect you of anything. Simply take your bag where instructed, provide the combination to the TSA Agent, stand back and allow them to do their jobs, answering any questions they may have. They will be careful with your things and close your bag once they are finished. Your team won’t go anywhere until everyone has been checked in.

When someone asks if you packed the bag yourself, if anyone gave you anything to put into your bag, or it was out of your possession, you can honestly answer YES– you packed the bag yourself. And NO – no one gave you anything to pack and NO, it was never out of your possession. These questions are designed to determine if you know what is in your bag and if there was an opportunity for someone to sneak something malicious into the bag. Even if we helped you pack the bag at Pack & Pray, you were still instructed to note what was inside so that you could answer these questions honestly. The ministry bags were locked up safely at all times. Feel free to explain that one bag is your personal gear and the other contains items our team needs for our project, as well as items for our missionaries.