Benin What to Pack

  • Plastic Bag for Shea Butter
    Plastic Bag for Shea Butter
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    Travla
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  • CFA's spent on a Fa reading
    CFA's spent on a Fa reading
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Benin What to Pack

  • Book- "To Benin and Back"

    "To Benin and Back" is a memoir written by Chris Starace (me) a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin from 1995-1997. It is a collection of stories and anecdotes about what it's like to live, and travel in Benin while getting to know the people and culture intimately. It has received many positive reviews- see www.tobeninandback.com

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  • Preventing Upset Stomachs

    I have found Travla pills invaluable when travelling, to avoid upset stomachs and diarrhoea. I have now taken them for 5 trips and they have worked each time. They work by creating a layer of friendly bacteria in your stomach that prevents other bacteria getting through.You take 2 a day with food, starting 1 week before you travel and while you...

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  • Take Gifts for People

    If you visit a village it is nice to give gifts to people. Children in the poorer villages always appreciate pens and sweets. I also like to take something for the women such as brightly coloured patterned hair clips. I usually carry them in my daypack just in case of an unexpected village visit. All these are light to carry around and don't take...

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  • Take Plenty of Money!

    The currency in Benin and the other French speaking West African countries is the CFA. The CFA is linked to the Euro so this makes prices in all countries that use the CFA quite expensive. At the time of my visit I got 650 CFA to 1 Euro. Mineral Water varied between 300 and 600 CFA and a meal between 3000 and 4000 CFA. This was in good quality...

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  • Packing List

    You pack only the bare necessities such as clothing and hygeine products. Transportion is very limited and you do not want to have to carry any excess luggage. The climate is very humid and warm. Wear very comfortable shoes as you will be doing alot of walking. Bring a basic first aid kit. Film and other camera supplies are limited so bring...

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  • Packing List

    Mosquito net. Important. Money: French Francs. The currency in Benin hasa fixed exchange rate to FF, so you get the bestout of your money. In fact, it is quite hard tohave US Dollars or German DM exchanged once youare in the country.

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    just the necessary and a good camera with batteries it is very hot in the dry season NB: take always with you a bottle of water pills for water, medication for malariaIMPORTANTimunization for Yellow fever, Typhoid, etc... (mainly if you go in the north and in the forest). batteries and films in a cold box(electricity 220 volts) les paysages...

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  • Packing List

    take light dress in dry season take a lot of stuff against mosquitos,pills to sterilize waterNB: watch carefully the water and salads (amibes) you must wash VERY carefully salads and fruits before eating.

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  • Packing List

    Take tough and durable luggage. USE LOCKS!!! Bring very light clothing. Shorts, t-shirts, light colors. Good shoes help in places.You can by traditional clothing there. I highly recomend wearing that. It is light, and very comfortable. Take malaria medication (strongly don't recommend Larium. Strongly recommend Doxicylcline)-it's a must. take sun...

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