Packing List

The one question most people ask! I did not ship a barrel since I’m from Northern CA and it was way too expensive. When I first got to the island, I had two checked bags (50 lbs each), a carry on stuffed to the max, and my backpack stuffed to the max as well. Below are items I brought with me/suggest bringing. Also, when I go home over break, I don’t bring clothes with me since I already have clothes home. I carry my backpack and 1 checked bag in which I stuff a carry on luggage & weekender inside the checked bag so that when I go from home back to Dominica, I can check 2 bags with one of them being a size of a carry on luggage. I’m pretty good at packing so it’s always more of a weight issue. You’ll also learn that you mostly want to bring food back! I also calculated how much of hair and skin care products I use in a semester so that I knew how much I needed to pack with me. And tip: ALWAYS PUT ELECTRONICS IN YOUR CARRY ON!

RUSM SUPPLY LIST: you can find more information from Ross and the most recent supply list here

  • You can find most your supplies online which is what I did. I had them shipped to my home and then packed and brought it with me to the island. If you’re starting in the January class, you can find so many deals during the holidays! I subscribed to so many medical supply and scrub stores to get their discounts too (gotta think on that med school budget).
  • 1 pair of each scrubs is fine but I liked having 2 so that I could do laundry whenever I wanted and had a clean pair (especially for anatomy or if I got something gross on it). For the blue scrubs, it was nice to have an extra pair for when I went to clinics
  • Dissection Kit: any general one is fine. You’re in a group and often times we share our tools
  • Ophthalmoscope and Otoscope: you don’t need to get the one that’s listed on their list (it’s so expensive!). A lot of people order a generic one. I purchased a PocketScope and I like it because it’s battery operated and it’s small enough to fit in my white coat pocket and scrubs. You can find new or gently used ones on eBay for really great prices.

FOOD

  • Granola bars
  • Peanut butter (it’s expensive on the island)
  • Mac & cheese (I chose the microwavable kind since it doesn’t require butter since that is expensive on the island)
  • Spices
  • Seasoning mixes
  • Those foods in packets that are easy pot meals
  • Favorite snacks (Cheese It’s, Goldfish, Wheat Thins, etc.)
  • Popcorn
  • Favorite candy (chocolate, Sour Patch Kids)
  • Coffee!
  • Mints/gum

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • NUMBER 2 PENCILS! (you need them for your anatomy and neuroanatomy practicals)
  • Any of your favorite pens
  • Refill ink for your favorite pens
  • White Out
  • Highlighters
  • Sheet protectors
  • Post it tabs
  • Post it notes
  • Notebooks
  • Pencil/Pen holders
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Envelopes

CLOTHES

  • 2 pairs of green and blue scrubs (breathable ones for blue ones because you wear blue scrub bottoms when you go to community clinics and it gets HOT)
  • Professional clothes (you wear your white coat so for tops for girls it’s fine if it’s sleeveless and for skirs/dresses, make sure it’s knee length when you measure like when you’re in middle school and make sure it doesn’t rise up when sitting)
  • Workout clothes
  • Bathing suit
  • I brought two nice dresses with me (1 was for my white coat ceremony and the other is a little black dress)
  • Casual dresses/Rompers
  • Breathable and packable rain jacket
  • Sweater (it gets cold in the classrooms!)
  • Towel & beach towel
  • Purse

SHOES

  • Closed toe shoes for anatomy lab
  • Running/Tennis Shoes (I brought 2, one to actually work out in and the other for comfort and when I’m in scrubs/clinics)
  • Rainbows
  • Saltwater sandals
  • Sperrys
  • Toms
  • Converse
  • Oxfords
  • 1 pair of black flats
  • 2 pairs of heels (<3 in heels though!) – nude and black
  • Chelsea rainboots

HYGIENE/PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • All my facial care products
  • Makeup – foundation, 2 lipsticks, my everyday eyeliner, mascara (you don’t bring too much because it gets so hot here so I mostly just brought my everyday wear and like one nice lipstick for if I ever go out)
  • Nail polish (I love painting my nails!)
  • Nail care
  • Shaving cream
  • Tampons, liners, etc.
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Any other dental hygiene
  • Contact lens cases
  • Contact solution
  • Contacts
  • Eye drops
  • Items for when there’s no water or when the water is brown and you can’t shower: dry shampoo, baby wipes, and facial cleansing wipes

ELECTRONICS: I backed up my computer at home onto an external hard drive and kept that hard drive at home. I also brought an external hard drive with me and backed my computer to it (taking precautions!). However, I use Dropbox for all my school work so it’s all cloud based.

  • Surface Pro
  • Two surface pro pens
  • Batteries (AAAA for surface pro pen, AAA, AA)
  • Macbook Pro
  • External hard drive
  • Headphones – noise cancelling if possible (and bring an extra pair in case one breaks)
  • External portable phone charger
  • 2 phone charger wires
  • Portable bluetooth speaker
  • HDMI cable

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Ibuprofen
  • Cold medicine
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Allergy medication
  • Kleenex tissue (travel packs)
  • Klean Kanteen
  • Hydroflask coffee mug
  • Bed sheets
  • Quilt comforter
  • Oven mitt
  • Cooking utensils (check with landlord to see if they provide)
  • Pot & pan (check with landlord)
  • Dish washing soap
  • Sponges
  • Raid
  • Bug spray
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lighter (you need to use it for the stove)
  • Birthday candles (the ones they sell here aren’t good because it doesn’t have the string so there’s nothing to light except wax) – I celebrate all my friends birthdays so candles are a must for me!
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cord
  • Something from home that makes you happy like photos

For more packing advice from others, please check out the helpful documents in my “Life in Dominica” section