Since I last posted that packing list, it has come to my attention that I’ve left off some key items. Here they are:
Food. Whatever space you may have left, stuff it with food. Clif Bars (the protein bars taste better than the original ones, I think), beef jerky, candy of any sort, you name it. You will thank yourself. It will be important to acclimate to your host family’s food, but for snacks during the day or at night, you’ll thank yourself. If you don’t have room and think you might really want some American snacks right away, make a package and send it to yourself about a week or two in advance of leaving.
Ziploc Bags. These are amazing and amazingly useful. You’ll be surprised with what you do with them sometimes.
Guide Book. There are guide books at the transit house here but they’re woefully out of date. The Brandt Guide to Burkina is good and Lonely Planet and Rough Guide’s West Africa guide books are both great. This isn’t entirely necessary but good to have and can be a fun escape sometimes.
Super Glue. You might not need this but it’s so small that you might as well throw it in because you never know when you might need some, in the same vein as duct tape.