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Sister Missionary Clothes Packing List for LDS Mission Trip (Updated for 2023)

Posted by Dianne Chen on
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Packing for a mission can be a daunting task. So we designed this list to give you ideas on what a typical sister missionary clothes packing list looks like to get you inspired and excited to pack.

Things to keep in mind before packing your mission clothing:

LDS Sister Packing and Organizing Her Luggage Using EzPacking Cubes

  1. Choose climate-appropriate fabrics for your mission destination.

  2. Choose blouses & dresses that are made with anti-wrinkle fabrics.

  3. If larger items are taking up too much space in your luggage, prioritize versatility. You can also ship it to the training center, if that option is available.



Blouse for LDS Mission Trip

☑ 10 to 12 blouses - Consider getting packing boards to prevent blouses from wrinkling.

You can never go wrong with neutral colors like black, white, and beige. But don’t be afraid to experiment with prints and colors either.

Pack blouses with varying sleeve lengths (e.g. short, half, long, quarter). But, when in doubt, go for the three-quarter length sleeves. They are more versatile and can transition from formal to casual quite easily.

    ☑ 10 to 12 shirts - Bring shirts which you can use as sleepwear or loungewear, active wear, and for P-Days.

      Dresses and skirts:

      Dress and skirt for LDS Mission Trip

      ☑ 1 to 2 Formal Dresses - Consider getting a dress cube to prevent your LDS dresses from wrinkling.

        ☑ 3 to 4 Casual Dresses - Sister missionary dresses are great options if you’re in a hurry and need to put a quick outfit together.

          ☑ 6 to 8 Skirts - Consider the forms of transportation you’ll be using at your mission destination. If using bikes is an option, consider bringing more a-line skirts instead of pencil skirt. Choose neutral or solid colors to get more outfit options.


          Coat and beanie for LDS Mission Trip

          ☑ Insulated hooded jacket - Choose a style that has a removable hood to fit more temperature variations. Choose 3-in-1 systems, so you have an option to wear each item separately to fit temperature variations.

          ☑ Parka - Choose a style that has a removable hood to fit more temperature variations.

          ☑ Coats - Bring 1-2 coats. Choose from any of these styles:

          ‣ Long winter coat

          ‣ Puffer coat

          ‣ Duffle coat

          ‣ Wool coat

          ☑ Cold-weather gear





          ☑ Jackets

          ‣ Active wear woven jacket

          ‣ Suit jacket

            ☑ Blazers, Cardigans, Sweaters

             2-3 cardigans

             2-4 nicer sweaters

             1 blazer

            ☑ Windbreaker - This can also be included as part of your exercise outfit if you’re working out outdoors.

            ☑ Raincoat - Recommended if you’re going to tropical countries, where there’s a high amount of rainfall. Depending on your baggage allowance, consider getting this at your mission destination.

            Sleepwear / Loungewear:

            Pajamas for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ 2 Pajama Sets - One option for cold weather and one for warm. 

            ☑ 1 Robe - This item is optional but recommended.

            ☑ 4 to 5 Joggers / Sweatpants - These can also double as sleepwear.

            ☑ 4 to 5 Sweatshirts / Pullovers - Bring neural colors to wear with any outfit

            ☑ 5 to 7 Shirts - These can also double as sleepwear.

            Pro Tip: If you’re going to use shirts for sleepwear, choose long sleeve shirts for its versatility. It keeps you warm in cold weather, but it can also keep the mosquito bites to a minimum if you’re in destinations with warmer climates.

            Socks / Tights:

            Undies and socks for LDS Mission Trip

            Bring 5-6 pairs of different types of socks for rotation. 

            ☑ Compression socks

            - For exercise or athletic activities.

            - Has strategically placed cushions which offers more protection and support.

            - Minimizes swelling. 

            ☑ Crew and knee-high socks

            - Recommended when you’re wearing boots.

            ☑ Wool socks

            - Recommended for cold weather destinations.

            - Can also be included as part of your sleepwear.

            ☑ Liner socks

            - For ballet flats, brogues, moccasin, loafers, canvas shoes, mary janes, etc.

            ☑ No Show socks

            - For sneakers. 

            ☑ 3 to 4 Nylons for formal occasions.

            - Stick to simple / subtle patterns.

            - This is optional but recommended.


            ☑ 8 to 12 Temple Garments

            - Read the latest news on new Stretch Cotton garment style for women issued by the LDS Church.

            ☑ 10 Pairs of Underwear

            - Always remember extra for that time of the month.

            ☑ 6 to 8 Pairs of Bras

            - Bring different neutral colors (white, black, skin tone).

            ☑ 2 to 3 Slips

            - Bring different neutral colors (white, black, skin tone).

            - Match it to the lengths of your skirts and dresses.

            ☑ 2 to 3 Pairs of Thermal Underwear

            - Recommended for cold weather destinations.

            ☑ 4 to 5 Pairs of Leggings

            - You can use these as an added layer of modesty when wearing skirts or dresses. These are especially useful if you serve in a specially windy area. Also, recommended if your main transportation is bikes.

            P-Day and Other Activities:

            Other clothes to pack for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ 1 to 2 Pairs of Jeans

            - Boot / straight cut.

            - Stick to neutral colors like blue, black, or khaki.

            - While the missionary handbook encourages wearing regular missionary clothes, it also points out that “[i]f this clothing is not appropriate for a specific activity, make sure that you maintain a clean, modest appearance.

            ☑ Shirts and/or Blouses

            - Stick to simple designs and patterns.

            ☑ Pullovers, Cardigans, Jackets

            - Stick to simple designs and patterns.


            ☑ 1 to 2 Activewear Outfits

            - Bring 1 to 2 of each items for rotation:

            ‣ Sample Set #1: Sports bra, sports socks, short/long sleeve activewear t-shirt, joggers, windbreaker

            ‣ Sample Set #2: Sports bra, sports socks, short/long sleeve activewear t-shirt, training/track pants, woven activewear jacket

            - Add for cold weather if working out outdoors:

             Thermal underwear

            ‣ Wool socks

            ‣ Hoodie/sweatshirt

            ‣ Ear muffs

            ‣ Gloves


            Shoes for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ 2 to 3 Pairs of Walking Shoes

            - Prioritize comfort and durability.

            - Choose shoes with thicker soles for added protection.

            - Make sure to get footwear recommendations from your doctor if you have flat feet or other foot conditions.

            - Waterproof your shoes if they aren't already to make them last longer.

            ☑ 1 to 2 Pairs of Dress Shoes

            - Recommended for formal events.

            - Bring one pair of leather flats and one pair with a bit of a heel.

            ☑ 1 to 2 Pairs of Training / Running Shoes

            - Recommended for workout sessions.

            - Also can use these for a casual P-Day look.

            ☑ 1 to 2 Pairs of Winter Boots

            - Since boots take up a lot of space in your luggage, consider versatility when choosing your boots. Check that the length goes well with all your skirts and dresses.

            ☑ 1 to 2 Pairs of Flip Flops / Indoor Slippers

            - Recommended for use in the bathroom / shower. 


            Bags for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ 1 Everyday Bag

            - A leather shoulder bag or cross-body bag is a good option for hands-free travel.

            - Make sure that it's lightweight.

            - Try to get a design that can easily transition from casual to formal.

            ☑ 1 Eco Bag

            - Recommended for P-Day or when running errands.

            ☑ 1 Anti-Theft Waist Pack

            - Recommended if there are many reports of theft in your mission destination area.

            ☑ 1 Set of Clear Packing Cubes

            Discount for EzPacking's clear packing cubes

            - Recommended to keep your luggage organized.

            - A set of packing cubes can even double as closet and /or purse organizer.



            Accessories for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ Jewelry / Hair / Hats

            - Avoid bringing valuable jewelry like family heirlooms or mementos.

            - Choose conservative styles and designs.

            ‣ Bracelets

            ‣ Earrings

            ‣ Necklaces

            ‣ Rings

            ‣ Inexpensive Watch

            ‣ Headbands

            ‣ Pins

            ‣ Hair ties

            ‣ Sunglasses / Hats / Belts

            ‣ CTR ring, YW medallion


            Toiletries for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ 1 Toiletries Kit

            - Manage your baggage allowance and bring only 1-2 weeks worth of bathroom necessities. Simply refill/restock on P-Day when you're running low.

            ‣ Shampoo

            ‣ Conditioner

            ‣ Toothbrush

            ‣ Toothpaste

            ‣ Floss


             Feminine hygiene products - Note that tampons aren't as common in Asian countries.

             Foot deodorant / spray


             Cotton pads

             Contacts solution

             Wash cloth

             2 Towels

            ☑ 1 Skin Care Kit

            ‣ Facial wash

            ‣ Body wash / soap

            ‣ Toner

            ‣ Moisturizer

            ‣ Sunscreen (For face and body)

            ‣ Lotion



            Makeup Essentials for LDS Mission Trip

            ☑ 1 Makeup Kit - Choose waterproof makeup or products meant for oily skin if you're going to warm weather destinations.

            ‣ Primer

            ‣ Foundation

            ‣ Eyeshadow (Choose a natural palette with subtle colors)

            ‣ Eyeliner

            ‣ Mascara

            ‣ Blush

            ‣ Lipstick (Choose natural and subtle colors)

            ‣ Lip gloss

            ‣ Powder

            ‣ Oil blotter

            ‣ Makeup brush travel set

            ☑ 1 Everyday Kit - This kit is something you can carry around with you when you're out on daily missions. Consider keeping these items organized in an Extra Small Cube in your purse.

            ‣ Lip balm

            ‣ Hand sanitizer

            ‣ Eye drops

            ‣ Oil blotter

            ‣ Powder

            ‣ Tissue

            ‣ Wet tissue

            ☑ 1 Tool Kit

             Always keep on top of your grooming with EzPacking Large Cube in Black to organize all your tools and products.

            ‣ Nail clippers

            ‣ Tweezers

            ‣ Razors

            ‣ Hair Products

            ‣ Hair dryer / Straightener / Curling iron (You don't have to bring all of these hair styling tools. Just choose one that you'll get the most use of based on your current hairstyle) 


            First Aid Kit for LDS Mission Trip

            Bring only 1 to 2 weeks worth and just refill/restock on P-Day when you're running low.

            If you have prescriptions, make sure to check if it's available in your mission destination. If it's not, make sure to bring enough with you for the duration of the mission.

             First-aid kit


             Pain reliever (Ibuprofen)

             Muscle pain patches / ointment

             Anti-itch cream

             Anti-fungal cream

             Insect repellent

             Cold medicine

             Cough drops


            Anti-diarrhea (Pepto-Bismol, Imodium A-D)

             Allergy medication (Claritin, Benadryl, Zyrtec)


             If you're bringing electronic devices on your mission, use EzPacking Cubes to organize cables, batteries, memory cards, and chargers

            ☑ Mobile Devices

            Two weeks before your departure make sure to contact the mission office to confirm whether you are authorized to keep your tablet. If you are, follow these instructions to setup your device.

            Check this article for further information on the use of electronic devices on missions.

             Pre-configured tablet

            ‣ 1 Point and shoot camera

             1-2 USB flash drive

             1-2 Memory cards

             1 Memory card reader

             Battery charger

             International power converter

             GPS device

            ☑ Self-Defense Tools

            Although many Sisters who have gone on missions say that they didn't feel the need to bring any self-defense tools, it doesn't hurt to be prepared.


             Pepper spray

             Small flashlight


            LDS Sister reading and reviewing scriptures while sitting outside

            ☑ Scriptures - An electronic version, along with other apps, are available here.

            ☑ Manuals

            - True to the Faith [Download]

            - Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage [Download]

            - Our Heritage: A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Download]

            - Our Search for Happiness by Elder M. Russell Ballard [Buy]

            ☑ 1 Study Kit






             Language study

             Scripture study


             Sticky Notes



            Always bring a copy of your important travel documents especially if you're serving your mission at a foreign country

            Use a Small Cube to organize all your important documents.

            Check with your mission president if you can securely store it at the MTC.

            Make sure to make a copy of all your documents and keep it on your email or send it to one of your family members:



             ID / Driver's license

             Health Insurance

             Immunization Sheet

             Address Book

             Debit / Credit Card

             Temple Recommend

             Four-Generation Pedigree Chart

             Copy of Mission Call Letter

             Copy of Patriarchal Blessing


            Reserve one EzPacking Clear Packing Cube for your miscellaneous items so you're always ready for anything during your mission

            ☑ Cash

            - For immediate expenses while traveling / emergencies.

            - For MTC expenses.

            ☑ Personal journal

            ☑ Shoe gel insoles and orthotics

            ☑ Alarm clock

            ☑ Waterproofing spray

            ☑ Umbrella

            ☑ Extra nametag

            ☑ Lanyard

            ☑ Wallet

            ☑ Coin purse

            ☑ Book light

            ☑ Small sewing kit

            ☑ Laundry stain stick

            ☑ Clothes hangers

            ☑ Water bottle

            ☑ 30-min workout book

            ☑ 1 Twin-size bed sheets

            ☑ 2 Pillowcase

            ☑ 1 Blanket

            Clear packing cubes LDS packing tips

            This packing list is just a guide, and is highly customizable to fit your mission destination as well as cater to your personal style. So don't hesitate to put your own touch to this packing list to make it all you. If you’re an Elder going on your first mission, make sure to check Mission Trip Packing List for Elders: How to Prepare for a Mission Trip.

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