Many travelers want to give back to the communities they visit, but may not know the local charities or specific needs of the area. Pack for a Purpose, founded in 2009, works with hotels throughout the world and connects them with travelers to provide much-needed supplies for local schools and nonprofits.
The concept is simple: When planning your next vacation, check the Pack for a Purpose website to find a participating hotel in your destination. Each lodging has a list of supplies needed for community-based projects. Drop off the supplies when you arrive and the hotel will deliver them for you.
With just 5 pounds of baggage space, you can provide a school with 400 pencils, or 5 deflated soccer balls and an inflation device. Besides making a difference in the community, you’ll also have plenty of room to bring back souvenirs!