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Save Money on Baggage. Fees: Pack with a Purpose

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Before you travel to Dunbar Rock, go to the website, select "Central America," then " Honduras," and then select "Villa on Dunbar Rock" to find out what materials, mostly school supplies and clothes, you can buy and bring down with you for Guanaja's children.

Pack for a Purpose is a nonprofit doing this for children living in remote areas worldwide, showing travelers how they can supply them with everything from pens and pencils to sports equipment and shoes. Antibiotic ointment and bandages are also appreciated. (There are other participating dive resorts in the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific -- click on "List of All Destinations.")

The website gives updated advice on how to pack for your destination in order to avoid problems with customs if what you're bringing might appear to be commercial quantities. Supposedly the airlines won't charge you baggage weight for bags labeled with the "Pack for a Purpose" tags. Several of our group filled collapsible cloth duffels with 30 pounds of supplies -- we weren't charged baggage fees, and the items were greatly appreciated.

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