IMPORTANT GENERAL INTERESTS SPECIFIC TO HOMECOMING 2019
Vaccinations/Yellow Card: Mandatory. We cannot overemphasize its importance. Indemnity Agreement & Participant Contact Information: Mandatory. Another important piece. See link to the waiver: https://fambultik.com/form/pax-contact-information Landing Visas: We will need your passport information page with photo to start visa process. Scan or take a good photo and send or upload it online.Media Release: Similarly, we will have to sign a media release form. South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV), our documentary film partner, may engage you in that exercise. Travel Insurance: We have received quotes for all participants based on their age. We will invoice you separately. Local Telephone Needs: Fambul Tik will handle all of our local phone needs upon arrival. Foreign Currency Transactions: We will make all foreign translations at the Bank. Using the official going rate preferably at banks (not in the black market/or street rate). Universal Adapter: Here is an amazon.com link to the adapter for electricity we mentioned at the meeting on St. Helena Island: https://amzn.to/2OOHVUV Telephone and Internet: We will take care of all cell phone and internet connectivity in Sierra Leone to the extent possible. Phones must be kept safely at all times. Travel Checklist: See a detailed travel checklist below.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH, AND CREDIT CARDS
Passport/visa(s) Personal ID/Student ID card Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers (ex: hotel chains and AAA) Cash and credit card(s) (call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel, otherwise they might turn them off to prevent perceived fraud. Health insurance cards/document(s) Travel insurance information Reservations and itineraries (print them and save them electronically for easy access) Hotel and/or tour contact information Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.) Emergency contacts and important addresses Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet Guide books and maps
CLOTHING PACKING LIST: THE BASICS
Lightweight clothing that can be layered Long-sleeved shirts could help fend off mosquitoes and other insects Sweaters or fleece jacket especially when we are on the boat ride to Bunce Island T-shirts and tank tops in appropriate spaces (be respectful of the culture you are visiting) Pants and/or shorts within reason (be respectful of the culture you are visiting) Belt Socks (wool socks are best for hiking) Comfortable walking shoes. I will also bring flip-flops for use in showers, e.g. Rain jacket, windbreaker or umbrella Pajamas/sleepwear Underwear Sunglasses and glasses case Dresses and/or skirts Jewelry (organize in a mini cube or packing sac) Hat or sun visor Scarf or bandana Swimsuit or swim trunks (consider a clean/dirty organizer) Cell phone and charger Travel speakers Travel pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs Electric converters and adapters Travel apps that will help with language, directions, money conversion, and digital journaling
THE TOILETRY BAG BASICS
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins Deodorant Shampoo and conditioner Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF Insect repellants Make up packed in a wipe-able wristlet Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips Night time moisturizer/lotion Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss Personal hygiene items Feminine hygiene products Extra contacts, solution, and contact case Glasses and prescription sunglasses Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill & not be questioned by TSA.
TOILETRY BAG EXTRAS
Cologne/perfume Personal mini mirror Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil Clothesline and detergent Shaving kit and extra razors Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover Facial tissues and/or toilet paper Travel Towel Nail clippers and tweezers (optionally, scissors, which must be in checked luggage)
First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.) Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts) Pain and fever relievers Thermometer Cold medicines and throat lozenges Diarrhea/laxative medicines Oral rehydration salts Allergy medicines Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment Multivitamins Sunburn relief Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever Motion sickness pills or bands Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes) Eye drops Moleskin Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
ADDITIONAL HEALTH ITEMS
Hand sanitizer or wet wipes Prescriptions in original packaging and with you or in carry on bag Sleeping medicines Glasses and glasses case (email yourself a copy of your prescription, just in case)
Mobile device and charger Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s) Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you're sensitive to sound) Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers Electrical converters and adapters Prescription medicine
TRAVEL COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT, AND INFORMATION
Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs Spare set of bedsheets (recommended to be on the safe side) Travel journal and pen Books and magazines Deck of cards and travel games Chapstick and lotion Empty water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA) Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)