Travel Info

Travel Check List

This summary should be printed and reviewed at packing time. These recommendations come from two of our most experienced mission veterans: Pete Williams and Denise Bolduc.


  • Airline Ticket
  • Passport (original and photocopy)
  • Cash, traveler’s checks if wanted
  • 10$ US for Country Entry Fee (if required for the country you are traveling to)
  • Charge card that has been notified of overseas travel dates
  • Phone that has been cleared for overseas use (if wanted, charges vary for carrier)
  • If you are going with MMI in the Dominican, they will rent you a local phone for a small fee that is very economical compared to US Charges. This perk may not always be available however on every trip


  • 3-4 t-shirts, under wear, socks
  • 2 pairs of pant/shorts
  • Light weight jacket/fleece
  • Swim suit
  • Sun Hat
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • 1 pair of close-toed shoes (sneakers or clogs)
  • 1 pair of sandals (flip flops, Tevas, etc.)
  • 3-4 pairs of scrubs

Personal hygiene: (travel or sample size)

  • Soap/shampoo
  • Shave creme/razors
  • Tooth brush/paste/small bottle of Listerine to rinse, you don’t use local water for this
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush
  • Sunscreen/block
  • Repellent (with DEET)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper (travel size)
  • Listerine for rinsing tooth brushes.
  • Baby wipes for personal use.
  • Medications: (personal and prescription)
  • Prescription meds in original bottles
  • Tylenol/Motrin/Aleve
  • Tums/antacids
  • Anti diarrhea
  • Anti nausea
  • Personal medical stuff:
  • Stethoscope
  • “Tools of your trade”
  • Gloves sterile vs. non sterile

Odd and Ends

  • Lightweight small sleeping bag or sheets, pillow case, and plastic mattress pad (you never know how old the bedding is you will be sleeping on)
  • 1 to 2 water bottles (pack socks and under ware inside them so they don’t become wasted space in your luggage)
  • Nylon cord/twine
  • Small flashlight (LED lights last longest) with extra batteries (not in carry on)
  • Camera (a bunch of disposables work great – put your name on them)
  • Journal and/or note pad
  • Playing cards
  • iPod or other headset used for music
  • Comfort food: (non melting) nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, crackers, whatever puts a smile on your face


  • EAR PLUGS since some of the accommodations include dormitory style rooming in.
  • Prepare an overnight bag in your carry on with a change of clothes, personal medications, and toiletries (in a Ziploc).
  • Remember that you cannot carry on to the plane, any sharp objects: scissors, nail files, nail clippers, etc. Also, any liquids which will be in your carry-on (including things like chap-stick – should be in a Zip lock bag – or it will be confiscated at ground security). And all liquids should comply with the size restriction of the airline.
  • Using “compression” bags for your clothing, to eliminate as much air as possible is a very good idea when needing to find more space in your bag.
  • Put aside one “outfit” for dinner our last night.
  • Also recommend beside hand sanitizer either handi wipes or baby wipes as a method of refreshing yourself.
  • Also highly recommend putting together your own personal first aid kit!

Volunteer Checklist (printable)

Here you can create the content that will be used within the module.