If you plan on going to a foreign country to offer humanitarian aid to people suffering from lack of basic necessities, you will want to do some research in advance to ensure you do not run into problems upon your arrival. Being prepared in every way possible to get needed supplies to those who need them will be your first priority. Here are some steps you can take before you leave the states to help thwart any possible hangups you could run into in getting to the desired location to offer your services.
Obtain the Necessary Credentials
It is important that each member planning to fly into a foreign country is prepared with passports, additional means of identification, criminal clearances, and proof of immunizations before they head out for the humanitarian session. Contact the consulate services of the desired country directly to obtain paperwork needed to be cleared to enter without problems. There may be areas of foreign entities that do not accept help from other countries for political reasons or to ensure the safety of those living in the area.
Rent a Fleet of Vehicles to Access the Affected Area
It will be necessary to have a means of transportation to get to the affected area safely. Roads may be littered with debris, and there may be a need to evacuate quickly. Because of this, having a safe vehicle will be of the utmost concern. Contact a fleet vehicle-rental service in advance of leaving the country to reserve several vehicles for use. It may be beneficial to rent a truck if road conditions are not in an easily passable condition. Indicate the reasoning for the rental when contacting the service, as they may have reduced rates due to the nature of the usage.
Be Prepared for Shortages of Supplies
Since you are providing supplies and services to those in need, it will be important to pack enough for those in your group in addition to the supplies for those you will be giving aid to. Make sure to have medication on hand to thwart any health risks known in the area. The need for health supplies, non-perishable food, water-purification tablets and filters, clothing, a safe place to sleep, and a means to keep comfortable in extreme temperatures will be a priority. It may also be beneficial to bring along a photo from home to look at, since emotions are bound to run at elevated levels.