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Truth for Today Medical Missions “Caring hands reaching hardened hearts” TFTBMI is registered as a non-profit organization in the United States of America. A ministry of Truth for Today Baptist Missions, Inc.,  P.O. Box 91207   Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37412 USA

Packing Suggestions

Each person will be expected to transport one bag of team supplies in addition to their personal bag.  The team bag may contain medicines, eyeglasses, or general supplies. With this in mind you are encouraged to pack “light” and fully utilize the carryon baggage and “personal item” allowances.  

Medical scrubs may be worn for the clinics by both medical and non medical personnel.  They are light and pack easily.  

Footwear should be protective as well as comfortable.  High heeled shoes are not recommended.  

On most trips we will be attending at least one church service with the host pastor or missionary.  Different churches and different cultures tend to have different ideas of appropriate dress. Specifics for each trip will be provided to team members via e-mail.  General guidelines for men would include slacks or kakis and a dress or polo style shirt.  Clean tennis shoes in good repair are acceptable.  For ladies skirts or dresses below the knee and no sleeveless tops.  Sandals or dress flats are acceptable. Don’t forget to pack your travel size Bible.

Each person should bring:

Flexibility and a smile

A small flashlight

A small pocketknife or multi-tool

A small umbrella and/or light weight rain gear

A hat for sun

Sunglasses if needed

Personal toiletry items (most 3rd world hotels do not provide any, airlines        only allow 3oz bottles in carry on luggage)

A water bottle


Insect repellant (non aerosol per airline regulations)

Personal medications

Snacks if desired

Pen (in your cabin luggage to fill out immigration forms)


Toilet paper (travel size)

Hand sanitizer (travel size)


A color copy of your passport facepage packed separately from you passport.

Flexibility and a smile (we know they’re on here twice; they’re that important)

Medical Personnel bring your stethoscope.  If you will be a provider, it would be very helpful if you could bring a portable diagnostic set (otoscope, ophthalmoscope), a pen light, and any other equipment you may need for a basic examination.  A BP cuff and a small digital thermometer may also be helpful.  If you are unable to bring a portable diagnostic set, please let us know as we do have a limited number of extras.  

Many countries have 220 voltage.  If this is the case we will let you know by e-mail and you will need to bring a small converter if you have any electrical equipment that does not have a “smart” plug.

The cost of the trip includes accommodations and meals in country.  You may wish to bring extra money for souvenirs, local attractions, snacks, and meals in the airports.