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OMG - Leaving in a week!

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I've been avoiding posting, because of how obsessed I get with reading replies, etc, but the time has come to do it. We leave next week for our safari:
1 nt Arusha Coffee Lodge
3 nts Oliver's Camp
2 nts Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
2 nts Dunia
4 nts Sayari
(Fly to Nairobi)
1 nt House of Waine
(Fly to Masai Mara)
5 nts Serian (3 mobil, 2 main camp)
(Fly to Kigali)
1 nt Top Tower Hotel Kigali
3 nts Virunga Lodge/ 2 gorilla treks
(fly to Bangkok)

We have all our shots, documents, Malarone, Busman spray & gel, antihistamine (tabs & cream), wound & tummy medications & band aids & blister protectors, beige/tan clothing (part of which I dyed because impossible to find women's t's & short sleeved in these colors), long pants, short pants & convertable pants, pj's, medium weight fleece, wool socks, walking shoes & sandals, combination shampoo/conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, hat, travel padlocks, Pentax k-x with 2 lenses, 2 sets Energizer lithiums AA plus 2 or 3 sets Ansmann 2850 rechargeables, Kindle, about 60GB memory (but some are old and class 2), rain jackets & pants, garden gloves & regular gloves, and the smallest kit of makeup I have ever traveled with, + P-mates, tissues, wipes, anti-bacterial gel. Also have one of those little battery operated anti-mosquito things that clips on clothing and can turn on for 2,4, 6, or 12 hours to repel insects.

I know some people said they saw no mosquitos, but since we are in tents in pretty isolated areas I want to be extra safe just in case.

We are doing 2 gorilla treks and plan to only use our walking shoes as we own no boots, plus we plan to shop for Wellingtons in Kigali in case we decide to use those instead.

Have I forgotten anything vital?

Also, I'm leaving my good jewelry home, but need to keep in some earrings. I have either small gold hoops, very, VERY small diamond studs, or small pearl studs, all of which I can keep in for extended periods so my ears won't get sore, will any of the three be suitable to wear in Africa? The only old watch I have is a gold color Seiko, so should I just bring that or buy a cheap watch?

Also, my camera has a small built in flash, but I am thinking of taking the extra, larger flash. My question is, what is the likelihood I will use fill flash for wildlife? Maybe I can leave the bigger flash home? I'm also bringing a smaller extra digital for backup.

I've been reading all the lists from our TA and what I've found on Fodors, checking them twice, and hoping we have everything we need. Later in the week we'll pack it up and see how we fare with our 15kg limit.

But I also have a light dress, skirt, and swim suit as we are spending a few days in Thailand on our way home.

Gosh I'm excited!

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