1. Book the “Right” Flight.
So, you’ve decided you want to go to Kenya and you’re ready to book your flight. Let’s say you can be flexible with your dates. Here are some things you want to think about:
- Price: If you’re like me, you want to find a cheap flight. But hold on because those cheap flights can have some consequences. Which leads me to…
- Layovers: Make sure the layovers aren’t too short or too long. One time I had a 20-hour layover in London, on my way back to the states. I just wanted to be home!!! And for real, try to avoid O’Hare. Seriously, that place is a mess.
2. Register with Your Embassy.
I am a United States citizen so clearly, that is the embassy I registered with. The STEP program gives you an option to choose the dates you will be in said country or gives you the option to leave it open – given you have bought a one-way ticket. It’s important to register with your embassy in case something happens while you are there. Given the unpredictable nature of Kenya’s government, it’s a good idea to register (and it only takes about 5 minutes).
3. Take Your Medicine!
And not just any kind of medicine. What I’m talking about is that good old Western medicine to prevent MALARIA. Speaking as someone who has had malaria…twice, trust me, take the meds!
4. Get Your Shots.
Kenya requires a vaccine for Yellow Fever to get a Visa. I got this vaccine, along with others, back in 2010. The Yellow Fever vaccination lasts a lifetime, but the CDC suggests getting a booster every 10 years if you frequently visit countries where Yellow Fever is present.
5. Keep Contact.
Back in the day…I had to buy a phone over Kenya to communicate with my family and friends back in the states. Luckily, phone service providers like AT&T and Verizon have added Kenya to their international plans. All the international plans I’ve found can be added on a month-to-month basis. Add an international plan to your phone to avoid buying a phone in Kenya and have better access to those back in the states.
6. Notify Your Bank.
You don’t want to get stuck over in another country with no access to money!