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5 Star Rated Luggage for Missionaries

My luggage was lost in the airport on my way to my mission in Russia. I didn’t have to worry about this requirement. I just bought some crates when I got there. Generally, the requirement for LDS missionaries is that they have two suitcases and one carry on. Sometimes, missionaries over pack in the MTC and end up offloading stuff they don’t use in their mission territory. I like to pack light but bring a lot of luggage so you can come home with souvenirs, etc.

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There are special requirements for individual missions. Here are some: If you are assigned to Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, or South America, you may have two bags with a combined weight of 70 lbs., and your carry-on luggage can weigh up to 20 lbs. If you are assigned to serve in El Salvador or Guatemala, your two bags can have a combined weight of up to 100 lbs., and your carry-on luggage can weigh up to 20 lbs.  These Special Requirements are subject to change and do change frequently.

The important thing to do is check with your packet and mission president before you go to the MTC to see if you have special requirements for luggage.  The general rule, as far as I can tell is for missionaries to have a three piece luggage set.  If you are traveling outside of the U.S. and your carry on can only weigh 20 pounds, than you won’t be able to put much into your carry on.  You will not be able to load it up with books.

These ‘Packing Cubes’ are actually a decent way to keep your suitcases organized, your Mission clothes creased and clean and separate.

You will also need a traveling towel for the MTC and if you are going foreign, you may want to take your own towel.  I got some Russian towels that were water repellent.  The towels were useless.  I had to shake myself dry.  Here are some good water absorbing travel towels that would pack nicely with your mission luggage:

Don’t Forget a Sewing Kit.  I actually used my sewing kit about 20 times or more to sew up my pants.  We had a chair in one of my apartments that would catch into my pocket when I was sitting down and rip the pants at the pocket.  The first time it happened, I took them in to get fixed.  After that, I just used some thread and needle and did it myself.  Wasn’t the best job in the world, but it wasn’t the worst and with our limited funds it was worthwhile.  I should have asked my Mom before I left how to do patch sewing jobs, but I didn’t so I learned on my own.  Here is a decent sewing kit to take:

The night before we left the MTC, we put our items into individual garbage bags and then suctioned out the air with a vacuum to create extra space for more stuff.  It worked great to get the suitcases closed.   However, it added to the weight because there was so much stuff in each suitcase.  I had to pay the airline extra money because my bags were too full and exceeded the weight requirements.  In the end it didn’t matter as my luggage was the only luggage not to arrive at my destination in Russia.  It was a cold sad day.  Might want to bring an extra $50 dollars just in case your luggage is overweight and you can’t offload anything (Or whatever it costs now).

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Good News for Parents: Paying for a Missionary to be gone is cheaper than paying for a kid to be home.

This means, you can afford good luggage.

Alternative #1:


Highest Demand – Not always available

Alternative #1.5:

Traveler’s Choice Sedona 3-Piece Hardside

Good alternative to the sometimes “unavailable” Samsonite Luggage


Travelers Choice Three Piece

Comes in other colors. Purple is cool too though.


American Tourister Three Piece Spinner Luggage

Rated #1 by a survey of Greeney Missionaries – Rated #3 by us


*Mission Thought: What does being Trunky Mean?  It means you want to go home.  My favorite companions were those that could talk about good times at home and would sometimes look forward to the future but weren’t so Trunked out that they couldn’t think of anything else. I don’t give advice, especially to missionaries because every mission is different and every experience is personal.  However, I would say, Relax, don’t take yourself so seriously, enjoy your time away from home, look positively toward the future. 


Travelers Choice Hardside


For the Everyday Missionary

American Tourister Spring Spinner


*Mission Trivia: How many languages do Missionaries Speak?  By our best estimates, it is around 110 (which may not include every dialect of every native language).  Here is a list of some of the languages that missionaries learn: English – Mandarin – Spanish – Arabic – Portugese – Russian – Japanese – German – Javanese – Vietnamese – Korean – Wu – French – Turkish – Italian – Cantonese – Thai – Polish – Hausa – Burmese – Ukrainian – Tagalog – Yoruba – Swahili – Uzbek – Amharic – Fula – Romanian – Oromo – Igbo – Cebuano – Dutch – Kurdish – Serbo/Croatian – Malagasy – Sinhalese – Chittagonian – Khmer – Somali – Hungarian – Greek – Akan – Kazakh – Zulu – Czech – Kenyarwanda – Haitian Creole – llokano – Quechua – Kirundi – Swedish – Hmong – Hiligaynon – Mossi – Xhosa – Belarusian – Konkani

Moving up the List:

Olympia Luggage 3 Pack Expandable Set


*Thought on the Olympia Three Piece Luggage: This luggage is moving up my list and will soon be considered for Top 5 and maybe higher.  I like it for mission luggage because it is heavy duty, easily recognizable with its bright colors, easy to wheel around, it is lightweight so you can stuff more stuff in there.  Good set of luggage.  

Others to Consider:

American Tourister Fieldbrook

Rockland Luggage 3 Piece Metallic Upright Set

This is Moving up to the Top Three Soon. Top of the Line Missionary Luggage.


*Mission Thought: To tell you the honest truth, I was somewhat happy to lose my luggage.  I’ve never been much of a clothes guy.  A couple pair of clothes and I was ok.  Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t the stinky kid on my mission.  We had a bathtub that we would dump suds into and I would wash all my clothes once a week or more.  The dirt would flow down the drain.  We would then hang our clothes up on the deck on a clothes line or we would just lay them on the furnace.  They would be stiff as boards when they dried.  


Rockland Luggage Navigator Spinner Polo

Definitely a Good value Here. $125.00

Samsonite Impulse 3 Piece Luggage Set

Lowest Price on Good Samsonite luggage

Some missionaries already have a carry on suitcase or backpack and would be better off with just two piece luggage. If you are planning on taking a bigger backpack, this may be the way you want to go.

Samsonite Luggage Lightweight 2 Piece Set

Lightweight. Great Choice. Get a backpack too

Rockland Luggage 2 Piece Spinner Luggage Set

Rockland Luggage 2 Piece Spinner Luggage Set

Buy Two of these and a backpack. You’ll be set.

Digital Luggage Scale

Want to be popular at the MTC? Bring this luggage scale…

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