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Travel Presentation 09 B

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Travel Presentation 09 B

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

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