I head to Kenya in exactly one week and I am sooo excited. This will be my first time in Africa and I am so excited that I get to travel to Nairobi and also the Masaai Mara region of Kenya for a safari. I get a good mix of city life and safari life.
Passport Check. Your passport can’t expire within 6 months!
Vaccines Ughhh!! Okay, so the only one required is Yellow Fever. In addition, I am going to get malaria pills. I have heard tons of horror stories about these pills, even from a co-worker of mine who contracted malaria while in Ghana. So the pills can make you sick and hallucinate. I am NOT looking forward to that at all. I am praying that I don’t get those side effects. It’s a 1 in 12 chance..so let’s hope I’m one of those 11 lol.
Clothes Ughhh!! lol So I basically only want to bring carry-ons. I don’t check bags. It doesn’t matter where I am going, I stuff everything in just carry-ons. For one, I am going waayyyy too far to risk my luggage getting lost and it just makes life easier. I still have absolutely no idea what to wear on the safari! I am so lost. I know I should wear pants because of the bugs and light colors (but not white). Basically neutral tones and no black or dark blue- apparently those attract some bugs that have painful bites.
I don’t want to dress like this! lol
I mean, I want dope pics like this (below) but I’m sure a dress in the safari is not going to work! lol
All this week I will be on the prowl for something khaki, yet fashionable. I’ve been searching for a khaki jumpsuit for the past 3 weeks!
Sanity Okay this is the biggest one. After the terrorist attacks earlier this year in Garissa, of course everyone is nervous about Kenya travel. My parents were not happy I was going and many others questioned why I would still want to go. To be honest, if I worried about everything that could happen to me, I wouldn’t even leave my house. One thing I had to do for my sanity is think positive thoughts. When you think positive , you will be surprised at the experiences you can have. No, I am not thinking about terrorist attacks that could happen while I am there (they could easily happen here or any other country- and they actually do happen). No, I am not going to go off by myself in strange alleys lol. I am basically going to do like I do in any country- make safe decisions and stay with others. I explained to my parents why I still wanted to go and while my mother is more comfortable with me going, I don’t think my dad is lol. But you know what? Sometimes you have to live. I have so many positive thoughts about this trip and I look forward to taking in all the beauty and culture that Kenya has to offer 🙂
I think I am good to go!! I will be packing this weekend to make sure I am straight. The Eagle Creek packing cubes will definitely be helping make my life more simple! ( Will do a post on my packing next week)
Oh, also, Uber in Nairobi gave me a code for any of my readers who will be in Nairobi up until August 30th! It’s for a free ride. If you have any friends traveling there, please share the code with them . Thanks Uber!