We are in the midst of mission packing here! When it came time to pack ties, several of Peter's beloved ties made it into the suitcase. Ties are a big deal at my house. Certain requirements must be met if a tie will pass muster.
1) It must be made of thick, upholstery-like fabric. This will help to make a massive knot and it will help the tie to pass the "Does it stand sideways by itself" test, as demonstrated at Shannon's wedding:
2) The tie fabric must be unique. Eye-catching, if you will. The best place to find these ties is at Savers or the DI. A certain vintage flair is most desirable.
These days, missionaries watch 3 training videos online before entering the MTC. After watching these videos, Peter quietly switched out the most rakish group of ties for a more sedate collection. We'll see if I get a request for those fabulous ties in a week or so...