This is a guest post aimed at non-Africans.
Most people have a preconceived notion of what Africa is like. Africa is the second largest continent and the second most populated continent in the world (second only to Asia.) Africa has issues like all other continents but Africa has beauty, technology, and commerce too. In this continent, you can enjoy pristine beaches, mountain regions, and desert plains. It showcases all that the planet has to offer.
The beautiful cities in Africa are modern, and can stand their ground against any modern city in the world. Industries are thriving, and the educational systems ensure the prosperity of future generations.
When you decide to embark on the trip of a lifetime to Africa, prepare your baggage carefully. Carry what you must, and prepare to buy some necessities locally. It is convenient to send your main luggage ahead. Shipping luggage ensures that your necessities will be waiting for you at your hotel. Use your carry-on for a change of clothes, medications you must take, identification, and enough supplies to last you for a day or two.
Every country has its own laws and rules so our advice is to be prepared. It is much better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
To be safe, make copies of all of these documents. Also, make copies of everything in your wallet; front and back. If you are robbed or you lose a credit card, bank card, or identification, it is much easier to stop someone from using them if you have a copy. The copy will show the card numbers, expiration dates, and the telephone numbers to call to stop them and have them reissued.
Make a list of family and/or friends along with their phone numbers and keep it in your wallet and an extra copy in your luggage. If you are in an accident abroad, they will have no way to let anyone know if you are not in a condition to tell them.
Only take items that you actually wear. Make sure you use quality durable luggage.
Minimize what you take. Only take what you will actually wear. Think in terms of layers. If you need to put on an extra sweater, it is easier than lugging a heavy coat across the globe.
Tip: Find out what the primary language is where you are going and download a free app for it, if available. This will make your life easier and your trip much more enjoyable.
Guest post by Wendy Dessler.
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