Here in Arusha, there’s never a guarantee of having power, so if you’re coming to Pamoja it’s definitely a good idea to have a flashlight available. You’ll need it for all kinds of random tasks – such as opening the lock box where the car keys are stored, and finding the stairs going up to the triplex. Other random items that are useful to have if you’re coming for a significant period of time include an alarm clock, bug repellent, sunscreen, a hat, a portable bottle of hand sanitizer, and a travel mug.
For the Bathroom
Everything you need for the bathroom can be bought here, though the selection may not be what you’re used to. So bring preferred brands from home, but rest easy knowing that running out of toothpaste or shampoo is not a big deal.
Maybe this belongs under the “work tools” category, but bring a laptop if you have one! 100-220 V chargers and laptops plug in here no problem, as long as you have an adapter (The plugs here are the same as Britain.) Evenings are usually spent on the base, and tend to be laid back, so movies or games are great to bring, if you have any favourites.
Bringing a couple hundred US dollars, then use your debit card to withdraw cash at the ATMs for all other monetary needs. Don’t bring cash from anywhere but the US, and make sure all US cash is printed in 2006 or later, as bills that are older simply aren’t accepted (people say it’s because of counterfeiting. Credit cards and traveler’s cheques are just not worth the trouble, everything here is paid for using cash. Don’t bother with them.
Tanzania has a great cell-phone network, with several national carriers to choose from. Vodacom is the largest network in Tanzania, but Airtel typically has better coverage out where we are. Everything is pay as you go, so all you need is a quad-band unlocked phone – pick up a sim card and a bit of phone credit, and off you go. If you have a compatible phone, bring it. Otherwise, you can get one here for $40 or so. The country code for Tanzania is +255, so from North America, people can call you by dialling 011-255-yournumber. Within Tanzania, you either dial +255-yournumber or 0-yournumber.