Here are some very important details to consider when traveling to Africa (that travel agents don't stress enough in my opinion):
- Disaster Prevention #1 - Make sure you have at least 3 blank visa pages in your passport (not just blank pages, but blank visa pages). One member of another family I was traveling with in 2008 could not board the plane (South African Airways)... he was sent back and had to get his new visa pages, and he had to take a flight out the next day (luckily, there was an expedited service place for visa pages in New York City).
- Disaster Prevention #2 - If you have purchased your airline ticket on-line -- with many, if not all airlines -- you are required to show the credit card that you paid your ticket with as you check in. I am not sure what happens if you don't have the credit card with you, but you don't want to find out.
- Disaster Prevention #3 - Bring a copy of your vaccination card with you. Take Zambia and South Africa for example... they have gone back and forth on yellow fever certificate requirements. Better to be safe and bring your vaccination records.
- Disaster Prevention #4 - DO NOT EVER put anything of value in your checked luggage. I am amazed that I see this happening still... you are guaranteeing yourself of losses. Remember, the bad guys have access to X-ray machines. The good news is if you don't have anything of value in your checked luggage, they won't open your bag (the bad guys with access to X-ray machines are too busy to go through a bag with only clothes and shoes).
- Minor hassle - If you are bringing US dollar bills, bring bills that have been issued after 2001. Whether true or not, there are rumors in Africa that there are counterfeit bills (issue date of 2001 and before). Some merchants won't take those older bills.
Edited by Safaridude, 06 July 2013 - 08:25 PM.