Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Packing for Ethiopia

No, we haven't found out our court date yet or when exactly we'll be traveling, but I have started getting ready for the trip. On Saturday I spent some time going through "Travel Tips" from other adoptive families who have made the trek to Ethiopia. You would not believe my packing list! It is literally FOUR (4) pages long! I want to be ready because we could very well only have about a weeks notice before we board the plane...at least that's how it happens for some families!

This packing list includes 23 different types of recommended meds!! It's the type of thing that you probably won't end up needing 80% of the meds you take, but you don't know what the 20% is that you will need and you certainly wouldn't want to need it and not have it. For example: a lice kit. Sure hoping I don't need that one, but if duty calls, I want to be prepared!

Found out something interesting...a couple of parents recommended using disposable gloves when changing your child's diaper. This would have NEVER crossed my mind. But it makes a lot of sense because many of the children may have parasites or some other type of sickness that could be passed to the caregiver. So disposable gloves won't likely be necessary long term (although, looking back, disposable gloves would have come in handy more than once with Caedmon!). But until our son gets a clean bill of health from his pediatrician, it's better safe than sorry.

That's all for now!

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