Useful Items to Pack

Some useful items to pack are suggested below. Items needed will differ depending on destination, length of trip, and activities planned. For documents, make copies and carry both the photocopies and originals separately when traveling. Upon arrival, carry a copy of the passport when out and about and keep the original in a safe place.


  • International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis
  • Credit card information
  • Medical insurance provider information
  • International driver's license
  • Medical History Form/Vaccination Status Record
  • Copy of recent electrocardiogram if a history of cardiac disease
  • Passport, with 4 extra photos
  • Visa(s)
  • Traveler's checks
  • Airline tickets

First aid items:

  • Adhesive bandages or gauze and tape
  • Blister pads
  • Alcohol swabs for disinfection, in individual packets
  • Antibacterial soap, hand wipes, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic and antifungal ointments, creams, or powder
  • Bandage rolls (Ace wraps) for sprains and strains
  • Cough syrup or lozenges
  • Disinfectant for cuts and scrapes
  • Hydrocortisone cream (topical cream for itching, bites, and skin irritation)
  • Oral rehydration solution (ORS) for diarrhea, dehydration
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers


  • Antacids (e.g., Zantac, Prilosec, Tums)
  • Antihistamine (e.g., Benadryl) for allergic reactions
  • Antimotility medication (e.g., Imodium or Lomotil)
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (e.g., Pepto-Bismol) for intestinal distress
  • Birth control pills
  • Laxative/stool softener
  • Pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • Prescription medications, labeled in original bottles
  • Vitamins

Other items:

  • Condoms for disease protection
  • Electric plug adapter, current converter
  • Facial tissue in small packets
  • Flashlight, batteries, candles, matches
  • Insect repellent with DEET or picaridin
  • Insecticide with permethrin for clothing, netting, and other fabrics
  • Mosquito netting
  • Spare glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, cleaning/wetting solutions
  • Scissors
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins
  • Heating coil, chemical purifiers, filter for water purification