Ok, I’m ready to travel: Now what do I need to bring? Matt Aschenbrener Spring 2009
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!
For those staying longer in Europe…
The Essentials – I’ll go through these
Things you can’t live without (contacts, glasses, etc.)
Camera or Video-camera
Food (Peanut Butter)
Passport w/ visas
Really Helpful Items (but not essential)
Extra reading material on the animals, history, culture etc. of West Africa
The Not-So Essential
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
need large backpack
Plan for 7-10 days min.
Dirty Clothes bag
WHO IS YOUR PACKING BUDDY?
Do NOT Bring:
Plan 3 bottles per day
2-3 packs per bottle =
Things You Can’t Live Without
Things to consider:
(what will you use in 3 weeks?)
Food to Bring
Other snacks – what would you bring to the
Pencils What other things would
Candy you want to bring to share?
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%)
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
Towel – probably want to bring 2 for packing
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 )
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.