Planning well saves energy. This is particularly true on mission trips. Decision fatigue is real.
What’s the plan for dinner?
Are we assigning van seats or can students choose their own?
Should we set up beds or do the orientation first?
Devotions before or after free time?
What time is lights out?
What do we do if somebody loses their water bottle?
The strain of thinking about and deciding upon those questions, one after another, in the first several hours of your trip, will put you at a mental and emotional energy deficit right away.
Think about them before you leave, then. You’ll be glad you did.