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As far as what to bring besides what is on the list, there really isn't anything you need to have besides what you are supposed to bring (see Clothing List)...
The mission bag, backpacks and briefcases:
In short, I'd say wait to get one in Brazil, and you can decide whether you'd like the harder briefcase for the nicety of sitting on it, or the softer side briefcase for the nicety of fitting more in it.
Don't bring too much!
When I packed my bags, my mom wanted to make sure that I had tons of stuff. She packed me an extra blanket, tons of bars of soap, office supplies, etc. They all got in my way most of the time. I ended up leaving most of it at various places on my mission. So my point is, you can get pretty much anything in Brazil that you can get here. I suggest that rather than trying to bring America with you to Brazil, instead that you let Brazil into you when you get there. In other words, become brazilian during the time that you are there and you will be able to serve the people better.
Nice small things to bring
Some things that brazilians would really like you to bring would be:
1) Pictures of your home town: Show them to people when they ask, but don't spend your hours looking at them yourself.
2) Pictures of the prophet and apostles, temples, etc.: These can be great presents to people who are baptized. You can write a special message on the back for each one. Be careful though, everyone will want some, including members and other missionaries! These were the best things that I brought because they are flat and can fit in the bottom of a suitcase well. Smaller pictures are great too!
3) Other than that, maybe some maple syrup extract in case you can't get it in the city you are in. Learn to make pancakes and the syrup. Your comps will love you! You will be using a gas stove with probably a small pan. There may or may not be a spatula in your apartment, but you can always buy one downtown. I wouldn't bring it with you...
I hope that helps a little bit. Remember, you are there to represent the Lord, the more you put your heart into the work, the happier you will be!
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