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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
- 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
- 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)