PREPARING FOR A TRIP

If you are already signed up for a mission trip or if you are just looking for more information, below is a list of Questions and Answers that we have compiled to help prepare you for this upcoming adventure.

 
If you have additional questions or can’t find an answer you’re looking for below please email us at trips@ridenature.com.

What should I bring?

Basic traveling needs. PASSPORT, Clothes, shoes, socks, deodorant, etc. A suggested packing list will be sent out to you at least one-month before the trip. We do suggest/recommend bringing a refillable water bottle.

What NOT to bring!

Drugs, weapons, large amounts of spending money, alcohol, pornography of any kind, tobacco products, etc…

Physical Preparation

If you are elderly or are prone to health problems, we strongly recommend a thorough physical examination before traveling. Also, medical identification (tags, bracelet, card, etc.) must be carried by anyone with chronic illness such as diabetes or heart conditions. Our trips typically require some form of work and strenuous activity and may require standing/walking/working for long periods of time. Persons with mental illness or physical disabilities are required to disclose such information to the Mission before being approved to travel. If you have special needs while traveling (such as a medical condition, food allergies, or other special requirements), please let us know before your trip, and we will try our best to accommodate you as best as possible. Be sure to bring whatever you need with you in your carry-on luggage.

Medical Kit

We recommend that everyone brings a mini medical kit in their carry-on. This would include simple first aid equipment, any prescription medicines you are taking, Band-Aids, first-aid ointment, diarrhea medication, ibuprofen, nyquil, insect-bite medication, etc. We’ll also have a full first aid kit, but we recommend others bringing a small med kit as well.

Do I need to get any shots or immunizations?

Depending on the location of the mission trip, immunizations vary. Please consult your family doctor with any questions regarding this. We as an organization recommend the following vaccines; Hepatitis A/B and Tetanus/Diphtheria (DT)

What if I’m NOT a surfer or skater?

We gladly welcome ANYONE to join us on our trips, even those who may not call themselves a “surfer” or “skater”. While our trips ARE focused on action sports outreach, all that we ask is that you have a heart and desire to see others reached with the Truth of Jesus Christ and are excited to see that happen through action sports outreach.

What is the food like on the trips?

Cultural Dish. Depending on the location of the mission trip the food we eat varies. While we try very hard to build solid relationships with the individuals located in the areas we are working in we prefer to eat the local food and experience the culture of the area.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

With married couples or trip leaders/coordinators many times we offer private lodging. If you would like to have private accommodations please inform us of this when you are applying for the trip. On all mission trips though, regardless of any circumstances girls and guys are separated in different sleeping areas with leaders in each area as well.

Will there be A/C?

Many times yes. Most always, especially with teams working in the summer months we will always have air conditioning. On an occasion we might spend a couple of nights in a location without A/C, but generally speaking we are in a location with Air Conditioning available.

How much spending money do I need to bring?

Unless we notify you in advance that you will need to bring additional spending money for activities/surfboard rentals/etc…the only spending money you will need to bring will be for snacks and souvenirs.

What is the dress code for mission trips?

On the mission trips that we’re doing work projects we ask that everyone bring; pants, closed toe shoes, and work gloves. For girls: no short shorts, no low cut shirts, culturally accepted clothing, etc. For guys: well if you’re reading this because you’re wondering if you can wear something, we would prefer you leave that item of clothes at home

What kind of bathing suit should I bring?

Girls: Please bring a one-piece swimming suit, rash guard or t-shirt that you can wear on top of your two-piece if that’s all you have. Guys: Board Shorts. NO speedos please… at least the for the rest of the group!

Where can I download a sample support letter, prayer lists, and other resources to help raise support and prepare for this trip?

You have come to the right place! Below you’ll find an extensive list of resources, sample support letters, prayer lists, and more. Feel free to download these, begin reading through some of this information, and share them with others. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Biblical Principles for Fundraising

Church Support

Cross Cultrual Praying Suggestions

Foundations for Fundraising

Fundraising Ideas

Health Tips for Eating Internationally

Packing Smart

Prayer Strategy

Praying

Sample Support Letter for Trips

Support Raising Cards

Support Team Roster

Thoughts Before Returning Home

Tips for Writing Support Letters

World Religion Beliefs

Can I go on a trip by myself?

Absolutely. As we lead mission trips all throughout the year, whenever we have openings in trips we welcome others to apply to join the team.

What is the minimum age to go on a trip?

Unless you a traveling with a parent or legal guardian, or with a church or school group you must be 18 years old or older to come on a trip alone.

Can I help lead/organize a trip?

Girls: Please bring a one-piece swimming suit, rash guard or t-shirt that you can wear on top of your two-piece if that’s all you have. Guys: Board Shorts. NO speedos please…at least the for the rest of the group!

What kind of bathing suit should I bring?

We are currently looking for individuals to help lead and organize mission trips throughout the year. As a trip leader/coordinator you are responsible for recruiting and organizing the mission’s team, assisting in trip fundraising and fundraising coaching for the team, communicating with the group before the trip, and help leading the trip on the grounds. Ideally we are looking for youth pastors, small group/Bible study leaders, or teachers for positions like this. Generally speaking when someone assists in the organization of a trip like this, we as an organization cover the leader’s expenses for the trip making their trip free. For more information about being a trip leader or if you are interested in leading a trip please email us at trips@ridenature.com

Does Ride Nature lead church/school groups on trips?

Absolutely. In fact we prefer to lead mission trips with groups and individuals all from one area. Many times we have experienced that the individuals on mission trips grow closer as a group, developing deeper relationships with one another, and growing spiritually. For this reason, we encourage and welcome groups to travel together on mission trips with the goal and intent that they grow closer and stronger as a group. If you would be interested in having Ride Nature lead your youth or school group on a mission trip contact us today at trips@ridenature.com.

Do I need a passport?

Yes. Unless you are traveling within the U.S. or to Puerto Rico you will NEED a passport. If you do not have a valid passport check with your post office for an application or go to the U.S. Department of State website: http://travel.state.gov/passport to applu. If you are applying for a new passport before an upcoming mission trip, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process.

We ask all individuals traveling on our mission trips to bring a colored copy of the first two pages of their passport and to keep those in their carry-on luggage.