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Electives packing list

Post date: 05/03/2019 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 02/04/2019

We have put together the following basic packing checklist for you to refer to. This is by no means exhaustive, but there are some useful ideas.

Take the originals and copies of: 

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance and contact number (including embassy contacts)
  • Flight tickets and contact number for the sales office
  • Indemnity documentation from Medical Protection
  • Driving licence - if applicable
  • Copy of correspondence with accepting institution
  • Document with contact details for:
    • next of kin
    • medical school contact
    • destinations
    • accommodation
    • local organisations.

General kit

  • Student ID card and holder
  • Travel adaptors
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • A 'yellow book' (the pocket guides and the BNF are excellent, plus anything else relevant to study)
  • Other items may include a stethoscope, gloves, hand wash, antibiotics and a post-exposure pack.

Medical supplies - dependent on elective location

  • Malaria tablets
  • Medical pack (all in ones are good, available from high street chemists). Make sure they are sealed to aid you through customs.
  • Post exposure HIV prophylaxis (PEP) kit
  • Antibiotics (after discussion with GP)
  • Plenty of oral rehydration sachets (buy them from your chemist)
  • Paracetamol.

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