Additional suggestions on what to take.
Volunteers: You must dress culturally appropriate. You are volunteering at a conservative Christian institution, and patients come from diverse religious backrounds.
Women: Please select items with short sleeves; cover the cleveage, all parts of your body and your underwear. Please no shorts or strapless tops.
Men: Please cover your boxers.
Pack camera or video equipment in your carry on. You should not be required to pay any custom fees.
Posted on the U. S. Embassy website http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1124.html#crime
"It is strictly prohibited to wear any military apparel such as camouflage jackets or trousers, or any clothing or items that may appear military in nature."
****** PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING THAT IS MILITARY IN APPEARANCE, I.E. OLIVE GREEN OR CAMOUFLAGE CLOTHES, ARMY SURPLUS, FOOT LOCKERS OR CANTEENS.
A silk sleep sack, gives a clean sleeping surface. Folds into a compact sleeve.
luggage tags, insect repellant, snacks, packaged foods, cheese crackers, peanut butter and crackers, trail mix, granola, instant oatmeal, instant coffee.
Take 2-3 Ezfreeze by Cool Gear, storage containers. At the guest house put the lid in the freezer. Carry in an insulated bag for snacks when traveling. Works very well.
A cell phone is invaluable. The SMC has a cell phone to loan. Check with Dr. Young for availability. You will need to purchase the units on arrival. Access to the internet is at the guesthouses or hotels in Accra and Tamale, and at World Vision in Saboba
Camera: Take a digital with an extra memory card, batteries, and charger
Bring: Reading material, devotional material, notebook-journal pen
Chewing gum or hard candy for take off and landing.
Personal Medicines/ Prescriptions/Toiletries
Ask your doctor for a prescription of Zithromax as an emergency.
Make a photocopy of the prescriptions you are taking.
Take enough medication for your trip and several extra days just in case of a delay.
Get your anti-malarial prescription and begin to take it before you leave as directed by your doctor.
Take antibacterial gel. They are available in a small size with a holder to attach to a fanny pack. Wipe hands after shaking hands, touching money, touching anything. Be subtle.
antibiotic cream antacids
Pepto Bismol tabs powder for heat rash
eye drops cold or sinus tabs
Tylenol and Tylenol PM Band Aids
vitamins something for motion sickness
Ibuprofen Anti-itch cream -for bug bites
Add your own______________ Apis Mell 6x for bites stings swellings (This worked very well for me)
shampoo hair spray
tooth paste tooth brush
shaving cream moisturizer
lip moisturizer hand lotion
baby powder wipes ( use to bathe if you don’t have water)
Take a pillow, most were too hard or too soft. Take a pillow case, and a set of flat queen sheets, and a towel set, bath, hand and wash cloth. You will leave them as a donation to the hospital. The sheets are for unanticipated needs, i.e. the bed looks slept in.
International alarm clock Voltage Converter/Transformer Kit 110 - 220
camera batteries rechargeable- with charger
extra pair of glasses hearing aid batteries if needed
flash light and batteries universal sink plug fits all drains
sun glasses shower shoes shower cap
packets of tissues toilet seat covers
The public toilets ( if you can find one) are dirty; touch as little as possible keep your pants and bags off the floor. You may have to take a trip into the field. Ladies wear a dress. Wash hands with antiseptic gel.
Saboba's Hope Inc. is a California non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3). EIN 26-2919781