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Humanitarian Aid Packing Essentials

You’re really excited because you are heading to a foreign country or a disaster area. But do not forget to prepare your journey with these packing essentials. Probably in the developing world where you will be helping people in need. But you need to be prepared starting with the packing essentials listed below. You’ve done all of your homework, applied for and received your VISA and passport, and purchased your travel tickets from a well-known humanitarian travel company 🙂 We gave you the best and flexible deal available. Now here are some humanitarian aid packing essentials.

You got your immunizations in plenty of time for them to be effective and a checkup from your dentist. The NGOs in your area have been in touch with you about safety precautions and news on the weather to help you decide on what clothes to bring in your newly purchased backpack. Write down the contacts for the closest American embassy and the nearest hospital in your notebook. So, now what? Do not forget some insurance and than let the final packing begin! Here are some packing essentials to start with.

Essentials Packing List for Humanitarian Travel

Make a list of the essentials to pack. Include the personal things that you will need like your cell phone with a backup or solar battery. For you eye protection two pairs of prescription glasses, sunglasses, and safety glasses. Don’t forget a couple of pens for your new journal. Also pack good hiking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, soap, moisture cream, band-aids, hand sanitizer. Mosquito netting, a foldable hat that has netting attached, a scarf, and lightweight rain gear are among the essentials to pack. Sometimes clothes and gloves are listed based on your research on your area that will need to be washed with camping detergent and may have to be sewn with a sewing kit.

Flashlights and candles lit with waterproof matches for that late-night writing about your experiences and the task of traipsing to the bathroom/outhouse/latrine, maybe with your favorite toilet paper. Your favorite feminine hygiene products need to be handy and don’t forget a toothbrush or two.

Last but not least are ziplock bags, small and large. These are handy for your photocopies of important documents such as passport, medications, chronic illnesses, and medical license. Buy a comfortable money belt for the actual documents that can be worn inside your clothes. It can hold the documents and any cash, credit cards and driver’s license. Note their cancellation numbers listed in your journal.

All of these items can go into one backpack with fold-out wheels that you will be able to carry with you at all times? If it won’t fit into the overhead luggage compartments and you have to check it, separate your essential documents, phone, meds, favorite protein bars, water purification tablets, spare underwear, and personal hygiene items and put them in your carry-on bag.

Travelling with a medical condition

You’ve seen your doctor for any essential medications, especially for those dreaded UTIs. We’re frequently inspired by humanitarians who are not willing to let their state of health limit their efforts and are so dedicated to helping those who need it most. It is a selfless gesture that means a lot, and we have a huge of respect for it.  In detail, this ranges from bringing supplemental oxygen to carrying insulin shots.

Even being in a wheelchair doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do humanitarian work. We have multiple compassionate clients who, regardless of being constrained on a wheel chair, make each and every of their humanitarian travels

What to Consider Before/After You Pack

When you are confident that you have packed everything you need, you will want to recheck those important facts about the villages, countries, or disaster sites. Review the pre-travel training for unexpected situations like helping stressed people in an earthquake area or volcano eruption in Hawaii.

What if you offend someone or accidentally harm someone? Do you know who the local authorities or disaster relief workers are? Do they speak English? Are you going to work with locals in Africa at an animal rescue? Will this require some special skills and attention to potential dangers poachers? Are you traveling to a large city, like, for instance, in Japan after the nuclear disaster? If so, you will be able to purchase many items there including special equipment and clothing.

Get to know the local customs

Have a look at our articles about local customers in Bangladesh, Nepal, Venezuela, The Philippines, Ethiopia, Sudan, Haiti, Kenia or Uganda. Also review your notes about religious practices and the treatment of women. And, when you have all of these facts in your head, recheck your packed bags again, and above all, be flexible and as relaxed as possible about your exciting and rewarding new travel adventure!!!

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