Logistics

Well, I’m still pumped from the news that I’m going to be going to Africa this year after all.

Now, of course, come the logistics. The trip isn’t until August, but some things have to be done sooner than that. I had to fill out my formal application for the trip, and in order to do that I had to go ahead and purchase my insurance for the trip. I’ve posted about Overseas Travelers Protection Plan before; they specialize in insurance for short-term foreign travel, and will pay to airlift you to a Western-style hospital if that’s needed. And the top level of protection is only $45 for a two-week trip. LEAMIS requires participants to have some sort of insurance for the trip.

Our pre-trip training weekend will take place in mid-May at a retreat center in Sewanee, Tenn.

I’ll need to get new passport-style photos taken so that they can be sent to the Kenyan embassy with a visa application. I’ll need to buy supplies and materials for my soapmaking workshop, most of which will be left behind with the host church when I leave. If I have room, I’ll also take some school supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste or other giveaway items to leave with our host church. My vaccinations are still good, but I’ll need to get prescriptions (and fill them) for an anti-malarial drug and for an antibiotic that I can take in case of traveler’s diarrhea.

There are a million other little details between now and then. But it will all come together.

4 thoughts on “Logistics

  1. John – when I asked my doctor about getting antibiotics for our trip to Tanzania (I have a sensitive stomach), he said that taking Pepto tablets will prevent Montezuma’s Revenge. He said to start them two days before leaving and to take two tablets every six hours. But don’t chew them or you’ll get black tongue. I haven’t talked to another doctor about it, but his opinion was that this was far more effective than reactively taking an antibiotic.

    Our trip has been delayed a little, but we’re still planning on going at some point in the next year.

  2. I haven’t had to use the antibiotics I’ve packed for any of my three trips so far. We are careful to only drink bottled water while in-country, and to check on things like raw produce being washed in local water.

    I will check on your Pepto suggestion, but we’ll be in country for nearly two weeks (counting our in-country training and our debrief at the end of the trip) and I think I may be better off just doing it the same way I’ve done it in the past. Hopefully, I won’t need to test the theory.

    Last year, my doctor had samples of an antibiotic; maybe I’ll luck out again this year.

  3. John – when I asked my doctor about getting antibiotics for our trip to Tanzania (I have a sensitive stomach), he said that taking Pepto tablets will prevent Montezuma's Revenge. He said to start them two days before leaving and to take two tablets every six hours. But don't chew them or you'll get black tongue. I haven't talked to another doctor about it, but his opinion was that this was far more effective than reactively taking an antibiotic.

    Our trip has been delayed a little, but we're still planning on going at some point in the next year.

  4. I haven't had to use the antibiotics I've packed for any of my three trips so far. We are careful to only drink bottled water while in-country, and to check on things like raw produce being washed in local water.

    I will check on your Pepto suggestion, but we'll be in country for nearly two weeks (counting our in-country training and our debrief at the end of the trip) and I think I may be better off just doing it the same way I've done it in the past. Hopefully, I won't need to test the theory.

    Last year, my doctor had samples of an antibiotic; maybe I'll luck out again this year.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>