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We have put together the following basic checklist for you to refer to when packing for your elective. 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 Dental Protection
  • Driving licence - if applicable
  • Copy of correspondence with accepting institution

Document with contact details for:

  • next of kin
  • dental school contact
  • destinations
  • accommodation
  • local organisations.

General kit

  • Student ID card and holder
  • Travel adaptors
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • 'The Yellow Book' (CDC Health Information for International Travel)
  • Other items may include a optiloupes, 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.