What to Bring
- One backpack, must fit under seat on plane
- One "carry on" bag, must fit in "overhead" bin
- Water Bottle (You may want to get one with a filter at L.L. Bean or a Sporting Goods Store)
- Spending money ($100-$300 dollars, depends on how much you like to shop)
- Sundries: Sunscreen, chap stick, sunglasses, hat
- Travel alarm clock/battery operated
- Ear plugs
- Rain poncho (cheap one)
- Bug spray/lotion
- Personal medication
- Personal toiletries, don't forget deodorant!!! Baby powder may also be helpful
- Camera, Ipod with extra batteries
- Reading : book, journal, etc.; pens/pencils/sharpies
You must wear pants when working or going outside of mission/guest house. Medical scrubs are available for MD's and RN's. Non-medical staff may bring their own scrub pants (Wal-Mart and uniform stores) and wear an FIH shirt when working in the clinics.
- Light weight pants and shorts
- Short sleeve shirts and T-shirts
- Cotton underwear
- Sandals or sneakers
- Bathing suit
If you are outside, you can wear CONSERVATIVE tank tops. You must have a skirt or dress when working or going outside of mission/guest house or Medical scrubs. Medical scrubs are available for MD's and RN's. Non-medical staff may bring their own scrub pants (Wal-Mart and uniform stores) and wear an FIH shirt when working in the clinics.
- Lightweight shirts, dresses, shorts, pants
- T-shirts, sleeveless tops
- Cotton undies
- Sandals, sneakers, bathing suit (Tank style or one piece; you must cover up with a T-shirt when out of the water)
Remember, you can wash your clothes so don't overpack. No towels or linens needed.
Haitian Travel Tips
- You must be up-to-date on your Tetanus shot
- Chloroquine is highly recommended as an anti-malarial drug. Dosage: 500mg; 1time per week. Start 1 week prior to travel, take a dose with you for the week OF travel, and continue once a week for 4 weeks after you return home. Call your M.D. for an Rx or see Paula. Hepatitis B shots are recommended
- We will pack a large "snack bag" containing peanut butter crackers, chips, dried fruit, etc.
- Take snacks with you each day and bring enough for any Haitians working with you
- Buy snacks to pack OR donate money
- All snacks are shared.
- We have found that a prescription medication Rifaximin 100mg once a day during travel has been very helpful preventing traveler's diarrhea. A prescription can be obtained through your local physician.