Monitoring Visit: What to Pack

what to pack for a monitoring visit

I came across a nice online article recently by Greig Waddell with tips on how to save time when traveling for business. Click here to check out the full article. I thought all of his points were great but I wanted to expand upon it a bit in the context of traveling to a monitoring visit.

So you are going on a monitoring visit. You want to dress sharp and have all the supplies you need. Choose clothes that you can mix and match, that you don’t have to dryclean or iron, and that are professional and appropriate. I travel 2-4 days each week so I pretty much just keep my suitcase packed all the time and just replenish/rotate things out for cleaning as needed. This means two sets of toiletries, those I use at home, and those that always stay packed in my 3-1-1 TSA approved baggie. Staying “packed” has saved me on several early mornings when I haven’t exactly given myself quite enough time to get up, get out of the house, and get to the airport. Here is a selection of my luggage:

What to pack?
No, I don’t travel with 3 bags. Click here and then scroll over the photo at my Flickr site to learn more about what type of luggage I use for different length trips.

I don’t check bags with the airlines, but if you do, don’t check valuables like expensive jewelry or your laptop. Don’t forget that sponsor proprietary information including protocols and regulatory documents are extremely valuable. If you can’t carry all your documents, FedEx them to yourself, but NEVER check them because luggage can get lost.

I try to carry as little paper as possible – if the sponsor doesn’t provide you with a pocket sized spiral-bound protocol book, Kinkos or a similar copy center will make you one for less than $50 and you’ll be glad to have it plus you can probably get reimbursed for it on your expense report (check with your lead first). Remember that you may need to retrieve copies of documents at the site so bring some kind of inflexible folder so they won’t get damaged or bent in transport. Other documents I like to bring electronically or carry with me (good to review on the airplane) include the MV Checklist, study contact list, print-outs from the IVRS, and old monitoring visit reports/pending action item lists. So you can follow the links below to find out more about what is in my bag:

More details and photo notes available at my Flickr page.

Click here for a copy of a printable checklist that helps me pack for monitoring trip. It is in MS Word so you can download it and edit to your specifications. Send me an email if you have any trouble downloading the document and I will forward you a copy.

Please also check out my travel tips section for more info.

About The Author

The Lead CRA

Nadia started The Lead CRA blog in 2007. She is now lead author for ClinOps Toolkit. Nadia is currently working as a Clinical Program Manager at a small specialty pharmaceutical company in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach Nadia via email at anytime.