Travel Tips

A little research and planning can go a long way to insure that one will have a safer, more economical and enjoyable medical tourism trip. A little preparation helps to keep one’s belongings safe while they’re travelling away from their country.

Healthwayz helps to list the resources one needs for planning the health tourism journey. It reminds its patients of all those little details so that they can relax and enjoy their travel.

Trip Planning

Organising Documents

  • Make sure that the passport is up-to-date for the duration of the medical trip.
  • Check Visa requirements. For patients coming from most of the countries Medical-Visa has to be arranged before leaving their home.
  • Making sure suitable travel insurance is organised.

Booking Flights/Accommodation

When booking your air tickets and accommodation, always ensure that it includes all taxes and surcharges.

Vaccination

Before embarking of their medical travel, patient should consult their doctor to check what vaccinations are needed and what medicines required to be carried along.

Securing Home-front

When one is away from home, there are certain small things that need to be taken care of. Ensure arrangements are in place for someone to look after bills, plants and posted mail. If one is leaving their house empty consider for someone to house-sit for safety purpose.

Things-to-do List

It would be worth taking pains to list the things that one plans to do while away. Researching the internet about the medical travel destination would prove to be handy. There could be special events that one can attend if fully recuperated.

Listing Packing Items

It is advisable to a medical traveller to start preparing their packing list a few weeks in advance. The items can then be packed just as per the packing list a day or two prior to travel date.

Financial Requirements

Find out the currency that will be needed in the destination country. Credit cards can be convenient, and most hospitals and hotels accept them.

Staying in Touch

It advisable to carry an address book along with all important contact details in it. Note the foreign codes and write them in the address book. Before starting on one’s trip, make sure to let people know you will be away and how they can contact.

Packing Tips

Security & Keeping Details Safe

Scan passport, passport photos and air tickets and store all this in web-based e-mail account.

Split Valuables

It is advisable to split valuables like:

  • Bank cards
  • Cash
  • Travellers’ cheques
  • Credit Cards
in different pockets, bags and wallets when packing. In case one is robbed they won’t be strapped of cash (unless all bags and wallets are stolen)

Backpack Pack Tip

When one is packing things in a backpack, place lighter items at the bottom and heavier ones on the top. This way the bag will feel lighter as it rests on one’s lower back! It is smarter to place the things one uses most often on the top. Dirty clothes are perfect to pack at the bottom of backpack.

Keeping Plastic Bags handy

It’s always handy to keep a few plastic bags around certain items, especially toiletries. These can:

  • Counter any leakage
  • Be useful to keep dirty clothes in
  • Be used as garbage bag, or even
  • A makeshift umbrella
Ziplock or other airtight plastic bags are the best.

Clothes

It is advisable to pack only those clothes you think will be using. If travelling for more than three weeks be ready to wash your clothes on the road too!
Suitcase with Divider
It is better to travel with a suitcase having a divider. However, for those using one without one, a piece of cardboard makes an excellent divider! It helps keep one’s clothes neat and organised. It also makes airport inspection a lot hassle-free.

Do Not Wrap Gifts

As it is a good idea to carry around small gifts, foreseeing that they will have to be shown during airport check-ups, it is better not to pre-wrap them which could be a waste of time.

Flashlight/Torch

It is advisable to carry a torch/flashlight along to counter darkness in case of emergency. When packing these do not forget to turn the batteries around so that they won’t get discharged in case they get accidently turned on.

Wrapping Shoes

To make sure other things in your bag stay clean and odour-free place shoes inside old socks and then inside airtight ziplock bags.

Things to Carry in Carry-on Bags

Keep any medication and important papers in the carry-on bag. On long flights with multi-stopovers, it’s also advisable to pack fresh change of clothes in case of delay due to long haul.

Ready to Pack?

Once ready to pack for your medical travel, check-out Healthwayz Packing List topic to help get most out of the trip by planning well and packing everything!!

Staying

Packing List

Essentials

  • Address list and list of important contact numbers
  • Backpack, suitcase, sports bag
  • Healthwayz itinerary
  • Pens / pencils
  • Notebook / papers
  • Valid passport
  • Reading glasses (if applicable)
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Essentials

Finance Related

  • ATM card
  • Cash in currency local of destination
  • Calculator or currency convertor
  • Credit card
  • Money belt for safety

Clothes and Accessories

  • Dresses
  • Jeans, pants, or trousers
  • Jumper or sweater
  • Under garments
  • Pajamas / Sleepwear
  • Shorts, skirts
  • Shoes, sandals, slippers, socks
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Cotton handkerchief or tissues
  • Scarf
  • Raincoat
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries

  • Comb or brush
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Glasses or contact lens equipment
  • Cotton buds
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Hair gel or spray
  • Lip balm
  • Make-up
  • Mirror
  • Moisturiser
  • Shaving kit (shaving cream, razor, shaving brush)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sleeping pills
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream
  • Talcum powder (useful against prickly heat, in shoes, on sticky zippers and more)
  • Tampons and pads

First Aid Kit

  • Band aids
  • Compression bandages
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Insect/mosquito repellent
  • Iodine/hydrogen peroxide
  • Medicine/prescribed drugs
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Replacement/rehydration salt sachets
  • Small scissors
  • Vitamin pills
  • Water purifying tablets

Other items

  • Backpack rain cover
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Chewing gum or mints
  • Diary or organiser
  • Electrical adapter and plug convertor
  • Pack of cards or other recreational items
  • Gifts for doctors and nurses always appreciated
  • Guide books
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • iPod, MP3 player, discman (including music and batteries
  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone, SIM card
  • Mosquito net
  • Passport photos
  • Photocopies of important documents (in case they are stolen)
  • Recharger for electronics and electrical items
  • Swiss army knife
  • Toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Watch
  • We wipes
  • Ziplock plastic bags