What to Bring

Everyone should bring:

  • A photocopy of picture page of your passport
  • Any prescription medications you may need
  • Prescription and non prescription sunglasses
  • A wash cloth, they never seem to have them in foreign hotels
  • Insect repellant
  • Moist towelettes such as Wet Ones. In case you need to clean up with out water
  • Sun screen
  • Swimsuit
  • Pepto Bismol or some other stomach soother
  • Anti-diarrhea medication – in case the Pepto Bismol fails!
  • A strong prescription oral antibiotic such as Cipro, in case you get sick
  • Needle and thread for clothing emergencies
  • Small bottle of laundry soap to wash clothes if needed
  • Flashlight – a small one will do
  • Toilet paper!!
  • A few band aids
  • Extra batteries for your camera
  • Alarm clock – preferably one that doesn’t tick!
  • A good sense of humor
  • A pleasant disposition
  • Tolerance for the unexpected

What Optometrists Should Bring Along

All of the above plus:

  • Retinoscopes and ophthalmoscopes
  • Spare handles and spare bulbs
  • Trial lens set, if you have one
  • Trial frame
  • Snellen acuity chart
  • Lens bars
  • Flippers
  • Penlights
  • Black garbage bags to darken rooms
  • Artificial tears
  • Your favorite dilation drops
  • Medication samples (contact your drug reps)
  • Latex free gloves if you feel you will want them
  • Copy of your license