Bring your credit card!!
Miscellaneous: ATM.s work perfectly ok in most places, i used Master Card, Try to avoid roadside ATM:s due to high risk or robbery. Sometime even if it said Master Card it didn´t work, not always connected to international cards, just go to another one! As nairas newer comes in big notes it can be quite bulky to change a lot at once, and a higher risk of beeing robbed. Much better to use ATM: s now and then. But - never ever use your credit card for paying. Even better hotels often only accept cash! When you arrive to Murtala Mohammed International Aírport in Lagos there´s an exchange office just outside the entrance with an attached ATM, should´t that one work, you can take the stairs up to Departure where you have many ATM:s
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You will probably not doing any camping or much of outdoor activities here except probably a visit to the Atlantic Ocean facing beach.
Some beach wear will be useful if a beach visit is in your itinery. Don't have to carry your surf board, sails, etc though as it might be difficult for you to clear the customs in the airport. You can rent one of those at the beach if you really into it.
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Ask before you shoot!
Photo Equipment: A digital camera will come in very handy in Lagos. Typical SLR camera will also do the job except that developing the phtotos is not recommended locally. Conventional photo shop is not easily accessable. Quality is poor too.
Cautions: Before you take a shot, make sure you have asked for consensus from the owner/local otherwise they can get really offended.
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Bring your First Aides kit
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As mentioned in my main page, you have to make sure that you have all the necessay vaccinations taken, for examples Yellow fever, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Meningitis A&C and Typhoid. Medical facilities are very poor locally and very expensive if you can find one. Bring some basic medication kits Paracetamol, Flu tablets, cough mixture, insect repellent, bandages etc.
Nigeria is categoried as one of the high risk malaria countries. It is important that you take anti-malaria tablets 4 weeks before the visit and continue the prescription for another 4 weeks after you left the location.
Symptoms of malaria may include fever, chills, sweating, weakness, aches and pains, abdominal pains, diarrhea or vomiting. These symptoms are called "nonspecific" because they are not exclusively caused by malaria and are similar to those of the flu. If you experience some of these symptoms in the weeks following your recent stay in a high-malaria-risk country, "think malaria first" and see a doctor asap.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lagos has tropical climate all year round.
If you are on leisure visit, bring summer clothing and casual wear. Humidity is high all year round and can get real sticky when standing under the sun. It is recommended that thin T-Shirts, Khakis, sandal will be just fine here.
However, if you are here on business. Though the weather can be really hot, the locals business community are usually very well dress with ties and suits or jackets. It is important to dress well if you are after the business when approaching a local organisation otherwise, you will not be entertained
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Hard case luggage and bags
Luggage and bags: Most airlines from Europe into Lagos allows baggage limit up to 65kg per passenger. This is mainly due to request from local passengers who usually do BIG shopping from London, Paris, etc.
The baggage handling in Lagos Airport is known to be poor. Extra attention needed when packing your stuffs. Lagos International Airport was once filmed by National Geograhic Channel as world's most dangerous airport.
It is recommended that you travel with strong hard case luggage with locks on each edge of the bad. Canvas luggage are usually been broken into by sharp objects while it is in tarmac.
Put extra locks or luggage crossover belt if you are carrying heavy stuffs.
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Take Anti-malaria Drugs or get malaria
Luggage and bags: No special bags or luggage. Just the type of bags that would comfortably contain and safeguard your belongings. But they must have strong safety locks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For those coming from cold regions, Lagos is hot. But during harmattan it could be very cold too. So prepare for cold as well as hot season. Get light clothes as well as heavey (but not too heavy) clothes. You may need a hat to shield yourself from direct sunshine if you don't want to get tanned quickly.
If you are a swimmer and beach lover, then come with lots of beach wears and swimming suits. Lagos is almost an island. There are so many good beaches around.
Photo Equipment: Yeah, Lagos is a wonderful city and to capture its beauty, you must be ready with lots of roles of films and good cameras. If you are using a digital camera, provide extra batteries because NEPA ( power) can disappoint any time.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are plenty of camping areas in Lagos; beautiful beaches like the Leki beach, Badagery beach, Bar beach, Tarkwa bay etc.
Be prepared for these fun places.
- Sailing and Boating
Luggage and bags: HARD LUGGAGE WITH GOOD LOCKS.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer clothing is a must as it is very hot here.
COVER UP AT NIGHT TO KEEP MOSQUITOES OFF.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: MAKE SURE YOU TAKE MALARIA TABLETS.
THERE ARE MOSQUITOES THE SIZE OF HELICOPTERS AND THEY LOVED BITING ME.
Photo Equipment: WARNING...!!!! DO NOT TAKE PICTURES AT THE AIRPORT OR OF ANY OFFICIALS, POLICE etc.
Miscellaneous: ONLY DRINK BOTTLED WATER.
Dont be intimidated by street sellers, just say no thank you my friend.
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