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  • Ok, I’m ready to travel: Now what do I need to bring? Matt Aschenbrener Spring 2009
  • Background Information
    • Travel Guides:
      • The Brandt Travel Guide: Ghana (~$16)
      • Lonely Planet West Africa (~$20)
      • The Rough Guide to West Africa (~$20)
  • Other books of interest
    • Commerce and Economic Change in West Africa
    • Sacred Sites and the Colonial Encounter: A History of Meaning and Memory in Ghana
    • Ouidah: Social History Of Western African Slaving Port
    • Slavery, Colonialism and Economic Growth in Dahomey, 1640-1960
      • What are you interested in learning about when you get there? Buy a book about it before you leave and read it on the trip!
  • Travel Websites
    • http://www.backpackafrica.com/
    • http://travelindependent.info/whattopack.htm
    • http://www.africaguide.com/
      • For those staying longer in Europe…
    • http://www.raileurope.com/us/index.htm
  • The Essentials – I’ll go through these
    • Suitcase
    • Backpack
    • Clothes
    • Medicine
    • Things you can’t live without (contacts, glasses, etc.)
    • Camera or Video-camera
    • Food (Peanut Butter)
    • Gifts
    • Journal
    • Passport w/ visas
    • Money
  • Really Helpful Items (but not essential)
    • Extra reading material on the animals, history, culture etc. of West Africa
      • Books
      • Maps
    • Binoculars
    • Umbrella
    • Laundry kit
  • The Not-So Essential
    • Computer
    • I-pod, etc.
    • Expensive jewelry or watches
    • If you want it when you get back, don’t bring it on this trip…
  • Suitcases & Backpacks
    • Only one suitcase
      • 50 pounds (23 kg)
      • linear dimensions not to exceed 62 inches
    • Only one backpack
      • Cannot exceed 40 lbs
      • European travelers
      • need large backpack
    • Money belt
  • Clothes –
    • Shirts
    • Shorts
    • Pants
    • Underwear
    • Socks
    • Comfortable Shoes
    • Plan for 7-10 days min.
    • Dirty Clothes bag
    • Alarm Clock
    • WHO IS YOUR PACKING BUDDY?
  • Clothes
    • Other items:
      • Swim suit
      • Hats
      • Sandals
    • Do NOT Bring:
      • Tank tops
      • Short-shorts
  • Toiletries
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Brush
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper
    • Kleenex
  • Medicine
    • Anti-malarial medicine
    • (required)
    • Gatorade/Powerade mix
    • Plan 3 bottles per day
    • 2-3 packs per bottle =
    • with ELECTROLITES
    • Immodium A-D
    • Bug Spray
    • Aspirin
    • Vitamins
    • Suntan lotion
    • ~60 packets
  • Things You Can’t Live Without
    • Spare glasses
    • Contacts/solution
    • Wet Wipes
    • Phone numbers
    • E-mails
  • Camera/Video Camera
    • Things to consider:
      • Down-loading pictures
      • Batteries
      • (what will you use in 3 weeks?)
      • Back-up
    • Electrical conversion
  • Food to Bring
    • Granola Bars
    • Gum
    • Other snacks – what would you bring to the
    • beach?
  • Gifts
    • Pencils What other things would
    • Candy you want to bring to share?
  • Exchange Rates
    • U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate Ghanian Cedi $100 92.70c .9270c (-5%)
    • U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate CFA Franc
    • $100 50,587cfa 505.87cfa (+7%)
    • U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate Euro
    • $100 76.70e .767e (+13%)
  • Money
    • How much to bring? $200 - $500 est.
    • How do I get it exchanged? (except in Amsterdam)
      • Through Zeno. Bring $100 bills to exchange – they work the best.
    • What should I buy?
      • There will be lots of opportunities to buy things from silver, jewelry, drums, masks, batik, kente cloth, etc.
    • When & where should I but it?
    • How much should I buy?
      • There won’t be opportunity to ship things back. You can leave a bag in Accra and fill it when you get there.
  • Things to buy… International Art and Craft Fair, Ouagadougou Craft Bazaar, Accra Masks Jewelry Leather, Bronze, Textiles, Pottery Wood carvings, Aburi/Accra
  • Things to buy… Kente Cloth Oware Xylophone Drums Batik
  • Other items
    • Sunglasses
    • Towel – probably want to bring 2 for packing
    • Binoculars -
    • Umbrella
    • Laundry kit
    • Laundry Bag
  • Non-essential items
    • Computers
    • I-pod, etc.
    • Watch – may need this as we’ll break off into groups in the parks, Ouga, Kumasi, Accra, etc.
    • If you want it when you get back
    • don’t bring it on this trip…
  • In your backpack ( carry on )
    • Travel restrictions!
      • The following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint:
        • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.
        • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag . Each traveler can use only one , quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed.
        • Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening.
  • Other things to bring
    • Patience
    • A spirit of Adventure!
    • And willingness to try just about anything…