Packing List

Suggested Packing List for Ghana Travel 

Toiletries:

  • Bug Spray – Repel 50% Deet EPA approved
  • Sun Screen
  • Band-Aids
  • Ace Bandage
  • Antibacterial Ointment
  • After-Bite/Benadryl Cream/2% hydrocortisone (BIG tube)
  • Chapstick
  • Shampoo
  • Body Wash (no added moisturizer)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Baby Wipes
  • Tampons
  • Mini Toilet Paper Roll
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissues/Hankey
  • Powder
  • Lotion
  • Q-Tips

Medications: 

  • Sinus Meds
  • Anti-Malarial Meds
  • Pain Reliever/ 12 Aspirins
  • Anti-Diarrhea Pills
  • Allergy Pills/ Benadryl
  • Tums or Other Antacid
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Water Pills or Iodine Drop
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Noxema

Miscellaneous:

  • Towel
  • 1 sheet
  • Travel pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Sock
  • Brush
  • Hair Ties
  • Mosquito Net
  • Binoculars?

Documents:

  • Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Itinerary
  • Copies of Passport/Tickets/Credit Cards
  • Customer Service Numbers for Credit Cards
  • Credit Card

Clothing:

  • Roos 7
  • Socks 7
  • Bra 2
  • Long Sleeved Shirt 2
  • Long (or Convertible) Pants 1
  • Capris 4
  • 8 light colored shirts
  • Rain Jacket/poncho
  • Bandanna
  • Sneakers
  • Skirt 1
  • Top 1
  • Flip Flops for Bathing/ Water shoes
  • PJ’S!

Other:

  • Journal
  • Books for Reading
  • Camera
  • Memory Card
  • Recording Device/Mic
  • Blank Discs/Tapes
  • Batteries
  • Gifts for Hosts/New Friends
    • Stickers
    • Hard Candies
  • Photo Album
  • US Map
  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins
  • Ziplocks

Important Notes on Currency:

  • ONLY VISA is accepted in most places in Ghana.  Do not bring a Mastercard!
  • Traveler’s Cheques may only be cashed in big cities.
  • You will get a better exchange rate for big bills ($20, $50, or $100).
  • Visa ATMs can be found in larger cities (Accra, Ho, Cape Coast).
  • Traveler’s Cheques can be cashed upon arrival in Accra and a Visa debit/credit card to be used in the cities (in stores or at ATMs).

20 Days

Whoop whoop! Just kidding – that’s not truly my style!  I went to the doc today – Dr. Ann Patel with Worthing Family Physicians. She seems pretty nice – no worries, I’m fine – BP was a little high though, went down in the visit – WELL, anyway – the point was to get malaria pills.

I took the prescription to Target – curious if they’d have it.  After some dialogue with the pharmacist, Sally – way nice, she said..M…Malaron?..is pretty common.  The gal next to me while i was at the counter is going to Israel!  So, the malaria med that Dr. Patel and I settled on was because: one gives crazy dreams and one or two of the three make you more susceptible to the sun…me and my inherited pink toned self appreciate the caution with that 🙂 So, we settled on the once a day version – I start it June..June 26th I think and take it for 40 days which should put my last day on August 4th.

Target surprised me and had it – however, Dr. Patel wrote out the prescription beautifully but forgot the dosage.  Damage could be $283 if you were uninsured, I’ll let you know.  If you’re keeping a running tally, the trip is…if you were to plan one in the future, you’d be looking at about $2850 – I made sure to add in the amount I saved with the voucher – that number is airfare, correspondence, immunizations, etc.

So, in the middle of calculating – I stepped away for about 30 mins and in that 30 mins I would have lost my head if it weren’t attached – I lost the receipt to the toner cartridge I just purchased – key word being cartridge. I tried to put it in..well, guess what!?!? You need to detach the butt before you turn it in – here I was thinking I was being so efficient for turning in the old cartridge – like you’re supposed to! And I need the butt. SO, if you have a Brother HL-2140 and you run out of toner (you will know this because the printer becomes stubborn and refuses to print thus forcing you to purchase a new toner – about $47 at Office Max when you use the “20% off anything you can fit in this bag” option…anyway – REMEMBER THE BUTT! They’re holding my butt for me until I can get it tomorrow.

ANYWAY – in the middle of all that, I straightened up my Ghana binder..and …it must have been one of those days. I admit – I can be a ditz sometimes…today, whoa. I thought I was a GENIOUS because I took my yellow card to work to make a copy of it..I had it after I made the copies..I had it while I ate lunch..I even think I had it when I went outside to hang out with my friend/colleague as she was doing playground duty…however…did I stick it in my lunch box? Did I leave it on the copier? Did it fall out waking up the stairs to the classroom? I SURELY hope I find it..that, combined with my passport – is the single most important piece of paper I need to get into Ghana..I have the COPIES of it, zeesh. Fingers crossed it gets found.

Time for bed. You should get some sleep too so you don’t lose your head! Gotta go, mine’s rolling away! 😀

My boo boos

These are my boo boos. Like my bandages? Courtesy of Nurse Jane Hummer through Life Care Alliance.  Two are Hello Kitty – who I loved as a youngin – had a coloring book that bonded me and another yougin on the train to Toronto back in the day – and the other is a dude with a guitar – Nurse Jane and I agreed that looks like the guitar is stabbed through his head 😀 LOL.  

I made the appointment yesterday and arrived today at about 345 (just after school.)  We got to talking and before I knew it, it was 20 till 6 when I was paying the bill!  My right arm has….polio, yellow fever and my left arm has..Hep A and…Meningitis – I will do Typhoid orally. Damage? $495 – I called many places, that was the cheapest.  She was cool too – a hip grandma type – she reminded me of how Grandma Great may have been had she become a nurse and how my Dottle may be in the future!

On the way to my car, we passed a lady who was in Accra for 3 weeks – I’m telling ya, everyone – EVERY ONE has connections to Ghana.  Small little country with the whole world involved, I’m tellin’ ya!

OH, for the typhoid, I have a cool little bracelet to wear to remind me to take it – one pill every other day for 4 times…so – a shout out to my Bunnee. He (and I) thought I’d be home a tad sooner – the wonderful Huz that he is packed me a picnic (he was going to Westerville to ride (he has Joe’s Tri this Saturday in Cincinnati, so he’s ‘practicing’ for that) and I was going to go meet him there and read a book as he rode..I suppose I could still go and surprise him…for what? I dunno – but I could show my support 😉 ) ANYWAY – that was sweet of him, very thoughtful.

Mailed the application for my Visa yesterday…damage? $60 for application and 13 for shipping…they process them in no little than 3 days and no more than 5…I expect it should be back to me around June 4th. Everything’s falling into place…truth, after I get that – I have all I need.

Thx for reading today, comrade of mine.  I’m off!