C. What should you pack before departure?

Clothing and equipment requirements for a mission vary according to the location, climate, culture, season and the state of the local economy. You should expect to be fully independent and self-sufficient throughout the mission with regard to clothing and personal effects. During your periods of leave, you will have to consider restocking on personal items.

The following are recommended items to pack:

1. Documents and related items

It is advisable to store important information in more than one location, e.g. emergency phone numbers should not only be saved on your mobile phone.

2. Personal items

The following is a checklist of the items that you need to consider packing before going on mission. Some of them might be climate-, country- or organisation-specific. It is important to pack essential items in your hand-luggage in case your main luggage does not arrive on time. However, be aware of hand-luggage regulations and also keep in mind that in some places the use of a camera can be restricted or forbidden.

3. Medical preparations

Medical kit

Most organisations will ensure that you are equipped with adequate first aid kits. Some organisations advise you to purchase them yourself. If you are not issued with the necessary equipment, you should carry an individual medical kit to care for minor illnesses or injuries. The contents of the medical kit should be clearly marked, including the names of the medications and instructions for their use. It is recommended that a sturdy waterproof container be used to store the medical kit’s contents. For some quantities and types of medication, it is useful to carry a written declaration from a doctor that confirms they are required for personal usage. Suggested medical supplies include the following:

General kit:

Malaria prevention kit:

Diarrhoea treatment kit:

Blood-borne diseases prevention kit:

Skin protection kit:


For short-term treatment of oral rehydration, you may mix your own solution consisting of six level teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt, dissolved into one litre of clean water.

Medical records

It is recommended that you maintain your own health records showing important health data. Important information should include: