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At all the guest houses where our teams have been housed there have been clean sheets and a blanket. All had pillows but some were hard and uncomfortable. Even here in the states at a hotel/motel, a pillow can be anything from a couple of inches of down, all the way to eight inches of stiff foam rubber. So I take my own pillow whenever I travel just to be sure I have one that is comfortable. Nothing special, just an ordinary bed pillow and case. Remember the rule: "Don't take anything with you that you are unwilling to lose." In fact, some team members have purchased a pillow for the trip and left it in Uganda while others actually carry it on the plane to help them sleep during the flight.
Laundry Detergent & Clothes Line
On my first trip I took laundry soap and a clothes line. The first issue is getting water to wash and rinse with. I then found out it was very easy to find someone in every venue who would jump at the opportunity to do laundry for a few Uganda Shillings (which they truly need). Not only did they do a better job in washing and rinsing (they knew were to get plenty of water), they also ironed my clothes (with a charcoal iron).
Knife, Fork, & Spoon
No venue that I have been in failed to provide at least a fork and spoon and I think if they did not, I would feel very uncomfortable taking my own out and eating with them. Most Ugandans eat with their fingers (and are quite good at it). You will find it a common practice before you eat for someone to come to you with a pitcher of warm water and a plastic pan with a bar of soap in it. This will allow you to wash your hands before the meal and this is usually repeated after the meal as well.
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