Pack for Medical Travel

How to Pack for Medical Travel

Christie Auyeung Medical Travel, Travel Leave a Comment

After deciding to have medical treatment abroad, choosing a doctor, and making all the necessary logistical arrangements comes the next step in medical travel – packing and heading off to the destination country.

Patients may be anxious about packing because they don’t want to forget anything. The good news is, apart from a few essentials, most items can be purchased in the destination country. In fact, it’s often recommended to pack as lightly as possible to avoid having to lug around a heavy luggage after a surgery.

So what should patients plan to bring on their medical trip? Here’s a general guideline for items to pack:

General Travel Essentials:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driver’s license
  • Travel and/or medical insurance
  • Credit cards
  • Cash (both home currency and local destination currency)
  • Travel itinerary (including flights, hotel, agenda provided by MedRepublic)
Medical Essentials:
  • Medical history file and relevant medical reports
  • Contact information for the patient’s primary doctor at home
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical travel itinerary
  • Digital/hard copy of correspondence between patient and doctor/facilitator
  • Medications for diarrhea or upset stomach
Clothes (depends on weather of destination country):
  • Comfortable walking shoes and/or sandals
  • Loose fitting, comfortable clothing (pants, shirts, undergarments, socks)
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses/sun hat
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Soap & shampoo
  • Lotion/sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Cosmetics
  • Feminine products
  • Towel
  • Brush/comb
  • Laptop
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers
  • Water bottle
  • Glasses
  • Books/magazines
  • Handbag/knapsack/fanny pack
  • Ziploc bags
  • Snacks

And last but not least, bring a companion if possible! It is always recommended to bring a friend or a family member, especially if the procedure requires someone to help out during the immediate recovery stage. Companions also help make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.

Got more questions about medical travel and how to prepare? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

Christie is a UChicago grad currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys tap dancing, learning to windsurf, and trying new foods.