Got room for one of these in your backpack?

Got room for one of these in your backpack?

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There is an awesome way to put a bit of extra space in your luggage to use on your next trip. If you haven't heard of these worthy organizations (thanks for the tip BootsnAll!) check them out: Pack for a Purpose or Stuff your Rucksack / They will give you a list of specific items that are much needed in developing nations, like school supplies, medicine or toys, and you can deliver them to a community, knowing that your time and effort are having a direct impact.

If you've participated in an initiative like this drop me a line, I'd love to add a personal account to this post.

And as a side note, talk about packing efficiently: An ex-coworker of mine, Claire Ward, is doing her journalism masters documentary on a really cool topic—ColaLife an organization that takes advantages of Coca Cola's distribution routes to reach remote communities with supplies. They've developed modestly-sized medical kits that can be stuffed into the empty spaces coke bottle leave in their crates, and thus can be distributed anywhere Coke goes. Follow her journey here.

New York Rendez-Vous

New York Rendez-Vous

Yarn Bombing Colborne

Yarn Bombing Colborne