Are you a freshly minted graduate of a Nigerian university? Have you finally received the call-up letter to serve your fatherland? Are you experiencing mild-to-strong delulu while packing for camp because you think some items aren’t necessary?
If your answer is yes to all of the above, pay attention, or better still, grab a note and jot things down. We’ve compiled the ultimate list that’ll take your NYSC orientation camp experience from “God, abeg” to “Can we do this again?”
NYSC call-up letter
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Make sure you carry along three to five copies of this — with the original. It’s the rite of passage at the orientation camp entrance.
School ID card
Don’t leave the house without your student identification card.
Make sure you come along with original and photocopied copies of your statement of result or degree certificate.
Clear file bag
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To keep your documents safe and secure.
You’ll need a lot of these during the registration process in camp. Best to come with three to six copies.
Extra white shirts and shorts
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White is the only acceptable colour in camp, and you only get two free shirts and shorts each. It’s best to go with extra pairs since you might not have time in between activities to do laundry.
This is where you’ll keep important things like your phone, money, wallet, meal tickets, etc. It’s a 24/7 necessity as you’ll be outdoors most of the time, and it’s not advisable to leave any valuables in your room.
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Ladies, the mami market traders are out to get you with their outrageous prices, so you better come prepared.
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See, the sun and NYSC have a mission to completely finish you. An umbrella is how you win this battle.
The toilet is always a complete mess, even when it’s not dirty.
Make sure you come with your own bathing soap, sponge, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
Plain white tennis shoes
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This is your go-to footwear on the campground. Best to go with a rubber version that’s easier to maintain.
Handkerchiefs or face towels
To maintain your cool when the sun does a number on you.
For when your legs need to breathe.
Needle and thread
There’ll be many ripped trousers after the Man O’ War activity. Best to have this before the mami market tailor charges N2k for a small stitch.
With all the outdoor activities, you want to make sure your skin is still skinning after three weeks.
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Might sound unhinged, but you actually need your own bucket to fetch water in camp. You’ll get one from the traders at mami but at triple the price.
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It’ll be your best friend on camp. You’ll need it mark your territory on prized possessions like your NYSC kit, bucket and provisions.
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Depending on your location, 24/7 power supply might be a thing or not. Best to keep a rechargeable flashlight close.
Mosquito net and repellent
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The mosquitoes in camp don’t smile, so go prepared. You came to serve your fatherland, not carry malaria on top your head.
Padlocks and keys
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Listen, petty thieves will be after your provisions, toiletries and other supplies. While this doesn’t guarantee 100% safety, it’s a start.
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Because how else will you capture the once-in-a-lifetime experience if you’re dealing with battery issues? Charging in Mami is an expense that’ll do a number on your already slim allowance.
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Camp food may or may not wage a war against your taste buds. Best to have provisions you can fall back on, especially if you have no plans to make the mami traders ten times richer.
Every NYSC camp has a health centre, but you might want to come with your little kit of basics like painkillers, plasters and methylated spirit. Or do you trust the government like that?