Some common spices in the U.S., such as cream of tarter or taco seasoning, are not available in other countries. Since these spices weigh very little, it may be wise to take them with you on your mission. Check with your mission office or search online to see which spices are not available in your mission.
You should apply for your mission four to six months before your availability date, and be aware that if you serve a foreign mission, you may not actually leave for the field for many more months because of visa delays.
Video streaming systems such as Roku don’t work well in foreign countries because the broadband system is too slow to stream. Moreover, if you use a lot of streaming time, the provider will charge you greatly increased fees.
Prescriptions for medicine usually won’t be accepted in other states or countries. You will need to find a local doctor to issue your prescriptions.
Foreign countries have a different DVD format that the US does, so bringing DVDs is a waste of space unless you also bring a US DVD player. If you plan to rent DVDs from a store, buy your player after you arrive on your mission. Frequently, your apartment will already have a local DVD player that a previous senior couple purchased and left.
It is embarrassing when missionary couples argue or criticize each other in public. Practice now treating your “companion” with respect and courtesy. Members will look to you as an example of healthy Latter-day Saint marriages.
Set up two bank accounts before you leave for your mission, and get bank cards for each of them. In the account that you plan to use for everyday expenses, keep a smaller amount of money. Put the card for the second account in a safe place and keep most of your money in that account.
Start now resolving and stabilizing any health problems you may have. All senior missionaries have health problem, but the better you control your health, the easier your mission will be.
Your mission application provides many opportunities to add comments to a specific area of inquiry. Add extra information freely. The more the missionary committee knows about your situation, the better they can inform the general authority who will assign your mission call.
If you want to serve your mission in a foreign country, apply for a passport as soon as you can. Passports last many years, so applying early won’t cause you any trouble and will save you the stress of waiting for a delayed passport.