What to pack for your first trip to MD Anderson
We know that getting ready to visit MD Anderson for the first time can be stressful because there’s so much to do. Here’s a list that will make it easy to prepare for your first appointment.
Log on to myMDAnderson
Make check-in faster by completing questionnaires before your visit. Learn more about our patient portal and how to find what you need.
Organize medical records
Your patient access specialist will review all of the necessary medical documents we would like you to bring for your first appointment. Download our checklist.
Check insurance coverage
Plan your travel and lodging
We can arrange domestic and international travel to and from Houston and help you find a place to stay close to the Texas Medical Center.
- Contact Patient Travel Services: 713-745-2300 or toll-free 888-848-9992
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- View Joe's House lists of hotels, apartments and additional resources, including RV Parks
Your first visit may take several days while tests are completed and a care plan developed. Your length of stay will depend on your treatment plan and you will learn more after you arrive. Visit our Traveling to Houston page to watch a video and learn more about traveling to MD Anderson.
Patients and families may need to stay in Houston for five to seven days. If you are coming from out of town, please keep your travel plans flexible.
What to bring with you
In addition to the medical information your patient access specialist has gone over with you, here is a list of other items to consider bringing.
What to expect when you get here
MD Anderson is a big place. We know it can be overwhelming. If you have questions once you arrive, look for Welcome Center information representatives in most main lobbies or ask any employee with an ID badge for help. We are here for you.
Getting around can be tricky. For directions, look for blue Access kiosks or go to, access.mdanderson.org for step-by-step directions. You also can ask any staff member.
Your first visits to MD Anderson will involve registration and meeting with your care team and doctor.
Registration: Remember to bring your valid photo ID and your insurance card. A patient access specialist will help you:
- Validate your parking ticket
- Sign consent forms
- Review your insurance benefits
- Take a photo for your medical record
Meeting with your doctor and care team: Your doctor and care team will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Further testing may be scheduled by your care team. Your doctor and care team will discuss next steps with you and your family.
New Patient & Family Orientation
Learn more about MD Anderson’s programs and services in the New Patient & Family Orientation class. Read more details.
Patients, family members and caregivers can view the class online or attend a free instructor-led class. Classes are held:
Monday – Wednesday, 2-3 p.m.
Main Building, Floor 4, near Elevator A, Room R4.1121
For more information, contact the Patient Education Office at 713-792-7128.