Trip Tips

Required! If you are going on a VOSH trip, you must be a VOSH California member and sign the Legal Release Form
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Do you use a Retinomax 3? If so, please read…
The government  have  imposed new regulations on putting batteries in checked luggage. This essentially affects only those with the new Retinomax 3 which uses Lithium batteries.  Spare lithium batteries, such as those used to power the R’max 3 may no longer be placed in checked luggage.  They must be in carry-on bags.  And the limit is two of these larger lithium batteries per person.  So, share the load with you fellow teammates in carrying those 4 or so Retinomax 3 batteries. The rules seem to say that each battery should be in a ziploc bag, so I would suggest taking that simple step.

If you get in any disagreements with TSA, I suggest keeping this government document with your Retinomax.  For the Retinomax 1 and 2 owners, it’s business as usual.  I would suggest putting each battery in a ziploc bag from now on.

General Travel Information

VOSH programs have an impeccable travel record going back 30 years. In almost 50 missions, VOSH/California has never had a participant injured. We have had our share of insect bites and “Montezuma’s Revenge” but never any serious ailments. Our trips are planned by highly seasoned travel and mission specialists. Planning includes air arrangements, immigration and visa preparation, local transportation, local housing, meals during the clinic hours, translators and security.

We have traveled to El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua during times of civil strife. Our clinics ran without incident in every location visited. Local hosts were careful to avoid serious trouble spots and local police and private security assured uneventful missions. We provide all VOSH teams with USA team leaders and local hosts with exceptional language and cultural capabilities.

We are all painfully aware of the changes that occurred in travel after September 11, 2001. In order to insure smooth and uneventful missions, VOSH/Cal works directly with the air carriers to per-arrange baggage and personnel check-in here in the USA and abroad. We generally pre-clear customs on the remote end.

Our purpose is to have an enjoyable and fun-filled trip. We go to extraordinary lengths to provide that experience of a lifetime.
Handy Packing Tips
Here are some handy guidelines for traveling with VOSH/Cal:

Be sure that you membership is paid.  Trips are reserved for members only!

Have a current passport

Photocopy the front page of the passport and keep in separate location

Have name tag on all luggage

You will be notified if a VISA is required and we coordinate this for you.

Always a good idea to have current Hepatitis A & B shots.

Specific areas require additional shots: we’ll let you know what is needed!

Doxycycline tablets (100mg: once a day) are a great anti-malarial and terrific as prevention for intestinal problems.
Bring all medications as a carry-on
Sun block is usually essential
Bring a spare set of glasses and spare contact lenses
Pack light- maximum of one check-in and one carry-on
Bring good walking shoes.
Jeans and Dockers are perfect.  Many countries frown on women in shorts!
One good outfit for local social events
Leave ties, suits and prom dresses at home!
Check the Internet for international weather
Light rain gear as needed.
Light jacket or sweater depending on altitude and time of year
Bathing suit and towel for the beach.  Many sites don’t have large bath towels!
Doctors should bring their re-chargeable hand tools, cover paddle, penlight
2 or 3 tools for dispensing
Bring 1 or 2 bottles of mydriatic and topical anesthetic
A box of handy-wipes for clinic hygiene
Bring one roll of toilet paper (from home) for the special remote locations
A “Lonely Planet” travel guide is always handy.
If you have any questions… ASK THE TRIP LEADER !