Recommended Personal “Go Kit” for MRC Members

This Packing List is a general example of things volunteers may need for a short-term deployment. Items may be added or deleted based on the specific requirements of the mission, and adapted to special environmental considerations, weather at the disaster area and personal needs. 

Remember: Pack smart, as you will need to carry your own gear.


  • Photo ID (Government-issued such as a driver license)
  • Clinical License/Certificate


  • Clinic appropriate clothing (shirts/slacks or scrubs)
  • Shorts (with pockets if possible)
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts / Underwear/socks (pack sturdy socks)
  • Sweatshirt/Sweater
  • Light rain jacket/gear
  • Warm coat/jacket
  • Functional shoes (comfortable/protective) (e.g. tennis shoes, hiking boots)
  • Hat with a brim (consider a stocking cap for cold weather)
  • Pajamas
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops, river shoes, etc.)

Hygiene items

  • Shampoo/Soap
  • Tooth brush/Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Contact lens solution/case with extra lenses
  • Laundry powder/camp soap


  • Exam kit (stethoscope, thermometer, tongue blades, otoscope, BP cuff, gloves), if indicated
  • Watch
  • Travel alarm
  • Penlight
  • Quality ear plugs/eye covers
  • Towel/washcloth
  • Fanny Pack/Small backpack

Sleeping Gear (may not be needed)

  • Sleeping bag/blankets/bed linens/pillow, if indicated
  • Air mattress (self- inflating preferred), if indicated


  • Snacks (such as power bars, granola bars, trail mix)
  • Water bottle

Personal Medications

  • Personal medications (prescriptions, NSAIDS, vitamins, etc.)

Volunteers with legally prescribed medications should plan to bring an adequate supply of those medications as they may not have access to a pharmacy during their deployment.


  • Cell phone and charger
  • Leatherman or other multipurpose tool
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses in cases
  • Eyeglasses
  • Cash for food and incidentals and one ATM/credit card
  • Small flashlight or headlight with extra batteries if needed
  • Work gloves
  • Lock and cable to secure your personal belongings (pack your items in a bag that can accommodate a lock and cable - camping and travel stores sell such lock/cable devices for travelers)


  • Reading material/playing cards
  • MP3 player
  • Envelopes/stamps
  • Sunscreen
  • Foot powder or spray
  • Small Ziploc bags
  • Pens/paper
  • Personal journal

Please be aware: Firearms of any sort are strictly prohibited unless approved by proper authorities.