Things To Bring

joses-hands-packing-list-214x300This is intended for 2013 Jose’s Hands Ambassadors going on the 2012 mission trip to Panama.

  • Passport and photo copy of passport to keep in luggage
  • Cash, small bills
  • Notify your bank and credit card company that you will be in PANAMA
  • Personal medications
  • Snacks, powerbars, peanuts etc….
  • Sunglasses
  • Flash light
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses if needed
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • NO CELL PHONES (use calling cards instead, call from hotel)
  • Baby wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Ear plugs
  • Swimsuit (just in case) – one piece for women
  • Hat or hair covering
  • Purell hand gel
  • Suitcase (try to pack light)
  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes
  • Close tip comfortable shoes for working
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Fanny pack
  • Surgical scrub tops and pants (although JH will be providing you with 1 pair)
  • Shower sandals (just in case)
  • Jeans and shirts for evening wear
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light
  • A small Medical Reference book
  • Additional items: Back Pack

Diseases from food and water are the leading cause of illness in travelers. Follow these tips for safe eating and drinking:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.
  • Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.
  • Make sure food is fully cooked, although Peru is known for their ceviche, this is your own risk to take
    Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.
  • Diseases from food and water often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to bring diarrhea medicine with you so that you can treat mild cases yourself.

Other Health Tips

To avoid animal bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague) do not handle or pet animals, especially dogs and cats, If you are bitten or scratched, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention to determine if mediation or anti-rabies vaccine is needed.