Since I’m moving to Panama soon, I thought I’d make a series of posts about “What to Pack.” These are just some helpful hints for those of you whom may be traveling to a third world country yourself- these are things I’ve learned from my previous experience of studying abroad in Madagascar.
1. INVEST IN A WATER PURIFIER. You can easily find a nice one at REI and they are worth the money. I found out the hard way that Giardia is everywhere. I now use a UV purifier- just make sure you bring extra batteries as batteries can be hard to come by in 3rd World Countries
2. BRING MULTIVITAMINS. I don’t take them in the US, but in 3rd World Countries your diet may not include all the vitamins that your body needs. In Madagascar, for example, I had a diet of cow fat and rice (not by choice). This is considered a delicacy.
3. BRING CLOTHES YOU DONT LOVE. This way you can donate them to the local people when you return home to all of your wealth. I donated my rain boots after Madagascar- a place you can simply not buy something like rain boots.
4. INSIST ON BRINGING ANTIBIOTICS JUST IN CASE- I like to bring Ciprofloxacin. It saved my life in Madagascar when I suddenly came down with strep throat my second day in the country.
5. LEAVE SPACE– You know you’re going to bring back a ton of cool souvenirs. Just be smart- know what is legal to export and make sure to follow eco-friendly guidelines. I.E. don’t take Rosewood, butterflies or chameleons from Madagascar- don’t worry I didn’t do this, but I saw other people trying.
Anything I forgot? Hope that helps and bon voyage! ~B