How to prepare for your trip to Africa

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How to prepare for your trip to Africa

I decided to write this article in order to help others out with preparing for their trip to Africa, as some aspects of this process can get complicated so it is useful to be informed on this matter. I hope this helps you prepare in the best way, saving money, time and effort. After deciding on which place to visit in this beautiful continent, and arranging all details for your tickets, here are some things you need to know in order to organize your trip, making sure you stay safe and avoid any inconveniencies during your stay.

VACCINES YOU NEED TO GET IN ORDER TO TRAVEL TO AFRICA

Check with your country’s Ministry of Health for more information on what kind of vaccines you need to get in order to visit Africa safely. You most probably need to be vaccinated for yellow fever and typhoeid fever. Make sure to make such appointments some time before your travel arrangements.

GETTING A VISA IN ORDER TO VISIT THE COUNTRY OF CHOICE

In order to avoid losing time upon arriving to make the arrangements, I personally opt for issuing an e-visa beforehand, even if that costs a bit more. To get more information for requirements and process of issuing an e-visa do a google search, as each country has their own terms. You will be able to find some contact information to a country’s immigration center, where you will be promptly advised to proceed as needed.

DO I NEED A COVID-19 TEST?

Check with official travel regulations at the time of your travel, however I personally advise you to have a negative antibody test conducted 78 hours prior to your flight, even if airline companies and/or foreign governments do not necessarily require it outright.

Do i need an international driver’s license to drive a car or bike?

Yes, make sure you issue an official international driver’s license by the respective authorities in your own country before travelling as you won’t be able to legally and safely rent a vehicle in Africa otherwise

DO I NEED TO CARRY MEDICINE WITH ME?

Furthermore, I suggest you stock up on a few medicines that you might need during travelling. You never know when you are going to need one and, more importantly, if you can find one at a moment of need. So it’s definitely wise and practical to have a few basic ones with you all along. Here’s a list of the medicine I took with me to Africa:
1.Aerius tb 5mg Anti-histamine for insect bites and allergies (1 pill/day for 5 days)
2.Medrol tb 16mg Cortisone for allergies and bites (2 pills at once for two days and then 1 pill/day for another two days)
3.Primperan tb 10mg Anti-vomit (2-3 pills a day)
4.Imodium Anti-diarrhea (3-4 pills a day)
5.Nexium tb 20mg Stomach issues, e.g. acid reflux or indigestion
6.Seractil Anti-inflammatory and painkiller (2 pills/ day, do not take on empty stomach)
7.Panadol 1000mg Painkiller and anti-fever
8.Augmentin 875+125mg Antibiotics (1 pill every 12 hours for 7 days)
9.Flagyl 500mg Antibiotics for toothache (1 pill every 12 hours for 7 days)
10.Rifacol 200mg Antibiotics for diarrhea (1 pill three times a day for 6 days)

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM MALARIA?

Other than mosquito repellants, you could get a preventive treatment in form of pills that may lower the chances of contracting malaria during your stay in Africa, as that is definitely an issue one needs to always consider beforehand. I took Plaquenil 200mg, two pills orally for a week, which one needs to take for the duration of their stay. And that concludes, in my opinion, all the necessary preparations you need to make before travelling to Africa.

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