Yeah! Finally, the time to travel is here, the International Youth Camps closer than before. Before you get all excited, make sure you are all set! Proper preparation guarantees comfort when it comes to travel; if you are not ready yet, no worries, this article will take you through a systematic checklist. Thank you for applying for the IYC 2017 and for those who have not yet please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. I trust that you all now know what the Camp is all about, if not, then take time to read about it here: International Youth Camp.
Let us get into this, bearing in mind that most of you have resorted to joining us on the road trip across East Africa, this information is helpful to those who also chose to use the train, water, and air transport. The location we chose, “Malindi” is an ancient Swahili Kenyan town also commonly known as the Italian town due to its colonial history and huge settlements/tourism demographics of Italians among other nationalities. It is located along the coast of the Indian Ocean and approximately 17 hours drive from Kampala, Uganda and 2 hrs away from Mombasa, Kenya. There are four main basic things you should make sure are covered nby your travel checklist:
- Your Health Status and Needs
Malaria treatment: Prevention is better than cure so ensure you have taken prevention drugs as prescribed by your doctor. Avoid self-medicating. If you can, you can also have mosquito repellent tubes depending on what is available in your drug stores to suit. Like any other country in East Africa, mosquitoes are a reality we can mitigate. Please notify us of any medical issue, we strongly advise you carry your medication to avoid any sudden occurrences.
Yellow Fever vaccination: This is now a travel requirement for many countries; however, it is also for your own protection against the yellow fever infection. Hence, delegates are required to not only be vaccinated but also have the vaccination cards with you.
Protection from direct Sun Light & Nourishment: Science has proved to us that white reflects light, it is no different for the beach especially when it comes to white sand. Hence, we advise you to carry with you Sunglasses, sun-cream, water bottle and a Snack during the road trip. Please note, food will be provided at the camp.
- Toiletries and Personal Administrative Items
It is Camping: Tents are available; however, you will have to come with either your sleeping bags or thick blankets/duvet to accompany the soft sand.
Clothing and Footwear: As earlier indicated, the weather is hot hence preferably come along with light clothes, t-shirts, pair of Jeans (for the cold areas) sweater for the road trip or travel. Carry sandals or comfortable shoes and socks.
- Travel Documentation
Check your Travel Documents: For East Africans, ensure you hold your National Identity Cards and Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards. Participants from the rest of Africa are assured of getting VISA on arrival. As for the participants from out of Africa, check with your immigration or travel agents to know your VISA status in time.
If you don’t have your National ID or Passport: For East Africans, ensure to move with any form of identification or letter of introduction with 2 passport size photographs. However, we strongly suggest you, sort this out now to avoid any inconveniences.
Carry along your #IYC2017 Faraja Invitation Letter: By now every one of you who applied has received a letter. Ensure to print it or if you have a hard copy, carry it along. If you have not yet received yours, please notify us by email above as soon as possible. Every participant must have a letter to attend.
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See you there, best of luck.