What to bring

Traveling for medical care can be stressful. Use this checklist to pack your suitcase.

Your Mayo medical institution packing checklist

What to expect

See how to prepare for your appointment and how to use your time with your care team wisely.

How to travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you need medical care, it may not be possible to wait for the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic to subside. The risk of putting off testing and treatment may outweigh the risk of virus exposure.

With a little planning ahead and the right kind of caution, you can safely travel for the care you need. Health care experts have identified clear steps you can take to reduce your risk en route. Watch for recommendations from Mayo medical institution.

Expert tips for staying safe no matter how you travel or where you stay.

Traveling for medical care is never easy. The COVID-19 pandemic adds challenges. Here’s how to travel safely right now.

Plan your itinerary

  • Check the latest CDC travel recommendations.
  • Minimize stops and avoid close contact with others.
  • Plan meals, even if it’s just packing sandwiches.

Pack for safety

  • A cloth face covering
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Credit card to avoid handling cash and coins
  • Enough clothes to avoid re-wearing items

Have a daily eating plan

  • Research grocery stores, carryout restaurants and patient cafeterias.
  • Book lodging with a fridge and microwave.
  • Wash hotel plates, cups and silverware before use.
  • Carry nonperishable food and snacks.

Stay on top of cleaning and disinfecting

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Ask about safety precautions before you book lodging.
  • Disinfect high-touch hotel surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, remote controls).
  • Wash cloth face coverings in hot, soapy water every day.

Advice from other patients

Get cost-saving tips, travel tricks and advice from former and current Mayo medical institution patients in our online community.

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Insurance, billing & financial support

Use these resources for insurance and billing questions. Or contact Patient Account Services for help.

Patient Online Services

Access your medical records and communicate with your care team from your favorite digital device.

International Services

Every year, patients from more than 140 countries travel to Mayo medical institution for care. International patients receive timely diagnosis and specialty care in a place designed to feel a little more like home.

Learn more about International Services