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May 11th, 2006, 04:29 AM
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OK back to the serious then...

I didn't bother with PJs, I took thermal long johns and a thermal vest that could be worn under my normal clothes should I have needed and also as nightware if I needed. This was for a winter trip in Southern Africa where nights are COLD. Even then I found the beds toasty warm (thanks to the hot water bottles) and didn't bother with nightware anyway. That said, I find nightclothes uncomfortable - if you wear PJs normally it makes more sense to take them.

I always take ciprofloxacin in my med kit - I don't use it on all trips, of course, but when I need it I'm sooo grateful for it. This last India trip was the first one I've ever been on where Ciprox didn't clear up the food poisoning infection within a day or two.

I usually also take a few sachets of electrolytes incase I am ill/ dehydrated - really helps the body recover.

I take some non-medicated eyedrops for when my eyes are simply itchy from the dust or just a touch dry - something I suffer from anyway.

I usually have some hydrocortisone/ betnovate cream for any rashes/ bites (small tube), an insect bite pen thing - the ones with ammonia in that stop the bite swelling if applied ASAP, chapstick, sunblock, moisturiser, bandaids, crepe bandage incase my knee goes or I twist an ankle (something I am prone to), savlon wipe sachets and some insect repellent. My medikit is probably bigger than most people and of course, on any one trip one uses only a fraction of it, but most of the items have been used on one trip or other and I'm extremely grateful to have them when I need them!
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May 11th, 2006, 04:30 AM
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Hmmm... Kavey on safari in 'wears only might be construed as an offence against nature!
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May 11th, 2006, 04:32 AM
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Like Sherry - on flights, instead of a downright sleeping pill, I go for the Ativan (lorazepam - 1/mg) to cut the edge which allows me to drift into sleep. Sleep for a 2-3 hours, then awake (cleareyed), drink water, walk, exercise, read. Another pill for a few more hours of Zzzzzzs. Never more than two pills per flight; in all manages to provide me enough hours of sleep on those long flights.
 
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May 11th, 2006, 05:05 AM
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No VPL = stolen boxers from DH - most comfortable and sexy in a non victoria secret oleladyish kinda way. Much better if seen from outside thru mesh tent windows than a throng, ewww - enough to send frightened water bucket filling African running!
- sorry, who started this, Dennis.
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May 11th, 2006, 05:40 AM
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Sherry -

Forgot about the guys tapered boxers. Gotta find the few pair I have. Use to wear them over my bikini bottoms when walking on the beach... they're somewhere around here.

I'm to blame. I started it with the initials... Dennis just chimed in with the explanation. Ooops just thought everyone would know!
 
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May 11th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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Very informative (and amusing) thread!

Lynda, I too suffer with plantar fasciitis and am interested in your Clarke's. Would you be able to post a link to a picture of the ones you wear? Thank you for that and for sharing your packing list...I leave in 7 weeks
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May 11th, 2006, 08:48 AM
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Hey, don't blame me...I don't even know what a sticky back sani-pad is! I guess I could google it...
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May 11th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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duh! never mind...
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May 11th, 2006, 11:18 AM
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Dennis, the name is pretty self-explanatory but, as a man, you're excused from knowing...
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May 11th, 2006, 12:48 PM
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See where this comprehensive packing list has gone..........right into TMI! Great for a laugh and so much has been learned by all... especially for Dennis!
 
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May 11th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Just got back from very serious intense meetings at lawyers and bankers, read the turn of this thread since yesterday and haven't stopped laughing! Love it - just what the doctor ordered....
Have to run to the airport at the moment to drop off our son who is returning home, but Calo I will see what I can find on the Clarkes as soon as I get back - and now I know how to spell that darn foot infliction I have! Thanks!
Hari, did your nephew run out of candy??? This is serious stuff for me - I'm not sure I can live without those darn candies!
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May 11th, 2006, 06:25 PM
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I'm back - Calo I can't find the exact sandals on the internet for some odd reason - just bought them, but maybe they were last year's stock or something!
But, here is a website for a similar pair to mine - they are very comfy
http://www.softmoc.com/ca/systemshow-item_I76165
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May 11th, 2006, 06:49 PM
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Calo/Lynda,

Regarding Achilles tendonitis, as a marathon runner.....i would like to request you to stretch you calf muscles as many times a day as possible. Let me know if you need help on the techniques of specific stretches.

Also, if you wear high heels at any time, it is not going to help you....as your calf muscles are contracted the entire time. Not good!!!

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May 12th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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I would be interested in those stretch techniques, Hari. If you have time, please email me at lyndadswain at telus dot net. The constant wearing of arch support at all times has really, really helped over the last few years, but I'm sure it can't hurt to do the stretch exercises either.
I truly wish someone would have told me years ago what high heels will do over time - as I am not a runner, nor a soccer player, the doctor told me it was more than likely the wearing of high heels that gave me the plantar facsiitus in the first place.
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May 12th, 2006, 10:57 AM
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Lynda, found this on a couple of exercises:
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/fact/thr_r...pcategory=Foot
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May 12th, 2006, 06:05 PM
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Lynda,

Will email it to you in a couple of hours.

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May 13th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Thanks Kavey, I have printed these out, and thanks Hari - I got the email!
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May 14th, 2006, 06:14 AM
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Lynda,

Goodluck!!! The calf stretches from Kavey's link are alternate stretches to the ones i emailed you. However, the calf stretch using a step, works deep!!!

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May 15th, 2006, 01:16 PM
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Hello Lynda,

Thanks so much for posting your packing list! Incredible! Especially the fact you've preweighed everything.
I was quite nervous about the forthcoming weigh-in but more confident now. I really agree with "Kavey" about the eye drops, if only for washing away dust etc. Do you have scissors for the tape? And what about the CHOCOLATE? A serious omission I think - at least enough to get you as far as Nairobi!
Might I add a suggestion or two? I was relieved to have packed a sportsbra for the bumpy mountain roads in Bali and that will be the first thing into my duffle for Africa (and I'm not a full figured girl either.)
Also, I'm a big fan of the movie "Out of Africa" and will be taking a walkman loaded with the soundtrack so I can swoon to the music as I sail over the Mara!
Thank you Patty for the coffee recommendations and to everyone else who has tweaked the perfect packing list!
Lynda, have a fabulous time and I can't wait to hear your adventures.
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May 15th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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Lynda, I mean to listen to the soundtrack from a balloon! (wouldn't the little planes be too noisy?)

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