The “Definitive” Guide on Packing for Electives

Every summer/fall, final year medical students across Canada embark on what is colloquially known as the “CaRMS tour”. We pack our stethoscopes and white coats, board planes or trains or cars, and make our way to hospitals and clinics across the country to scout out potential programs and living places, secure reference letters, and hopefully make a good impression on our future colleagues. This an exciting and rare opportunity to experience life working in very different medical systems and to visit this vast and beautiful country of ours, and I’m excited to put my love of packing to good use!

My Schedule:

September 9th to 20th: Ottawa, ON

September 23rd to October 4th: Oyen, AB

October 7th to 18th: Sudbury, ON

October 18th to November 1st: Ottawa, ON

November 4th to November 15th: Halifax, NS

As you can probably tell from the above, I’m about to leave for a month! I’ve had a wonderful first elective at my home school and am so excited to set off and check out other places!

Without further ado, here’s what I’m bringing:


  • Jeans
  • Sweater
  • Boots


  • Wallet with driver’s license and credit cards
  • Passport
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Breath mints
  • Gum

Laptop Bag

  • Laptop +  charger
  • iPad + charger
  • Bose headphones
  • Clipboard with LOTS of lined paper
  • ID passes x2
  • Pens x5
  • Stethoscope


Clothes + Shoes

  • White coat
  • Work flats
  • Dress pants x2
  • Dress shirts x4
  • Blazer x1
  • Cardigan x1
  • Running shoes
  • Yoga pants
  • Athletic shirt
  • Zip-up sweater
  • Underwear x6
  • Socks x6

Toiletries + Misc.

  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Face cream
  • Small makeup kit (BB cream, small palette, powder, brushes x2, mascara)
  • Antiperspirant
  • Menstrual cup
  • Phone charger
  • Journal
  • A book

That’s about it! All the best to my fellow clerks who’re in the midst of this journey!

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