Preparing for a Vision Trip

Here are the things you need to know and prepare before your trip.

Visa & Passport Info

It is essential that you have a valid passport for this trip. Your passport must have an expiration date that is at least 6 months after your return date for your trip. In addition to a valid passport, some trips also require a Visa. It is the responsibility of the traveler to make sure they are in compliance with mandatory international travel documentation and any associated fees.

Travel Immunizations & Vaccinations

Depending on your trip destination, vaccinations may be suggested or even required in the case of COVID.

Some countries require proof of immunization before you are allowed to enter their country. It is the responsibility of the traveler to make sure that they are in compliance with mandatory international travel immunizations and vaccinations. You should plan to see your doctor at least 6 weeks before your departure date in order for the shots to become effective.

Safety While Overseas

We recommend all travelers enroll in the free U.S. Government program Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (or S.T.E.P.), which enables better assistance to American citizens while you’re overseas in case of an emergency, as well as automatic travel warnings if they arise.


While participating in a Free Wheelchair Mission vision trip, travelers are automatically covered under an umbrella travel policy with CHUBB. The policy generally provides assistance with lost baggage, lost passport, trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical assistance, evacuation, repatriation, emergency medical and family travel. You will be provided with detailed information regarding your coverage at your pre-trip meetings as part of your Mission Trip Manual.


Some travelers may be interested in traveling with a cell phone while on your trip. You will need to contact your current cell phone provider to see what options are available.


Please pack clothing that will respect the culture you are visiting, the recipients you are serving, and our mission. You will be provided with a more detailed suggested packing list at your pre-trip meeting. Please keep in mind that most airlines only allow one suitcase (max 50 lbs.) plus your hand or carry-on luggage.


Contact Free Wheelchair Mission for general trip questions (training, packing, itinerary, etc...)

  • International - +1-800-733-0858
  • Domestic - 800-733-0858