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  • Vaccinations/Yellow Card: Mandatory. We cannot overemphasize its importance.
  • Indemnity Agreement & Participant Contact Information: Mandatory. Another important piece. See link to the waiver:
  • 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 link to the adapter for electricity we mentioned at the meeting on St. Helena Island:
  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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 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)