If you’re part of the lucky few who’ve just been mobilised for NYSC, congrats! You’re now an otondo. Yes! That’s what you are, get used to it, it’s your new name! Well, that and many other not-so-funky nicknames the soldiers decide to christen you with in orientation camp.
Welcome to the world of NYSC, dear Otondo! whether you got the State you had been praying for or you just got posted to Zamfara and realised you were scammed by the ‘sure guy’ that promised to runs you to Lagos or Abuja, it’s all good; the most important thing is that you’ve been mobilised and don’t have to sit at home, waiting for another few weeks to join the next batch.
Now that you’ve received your call up letter, what’s the next step? I’m sure you’ve packed your bags and are ready to zoom off to camp, but before you disappear, look through your bags again, if you haven’t packed any of these 5 items listed below, then you’re not ready to go to camp:
1. Paracetamol: You’re going to spend the better part of your day standing in the sun, playing games or marching and getting bullied by soldiers, that is enough to give you a headache and even body pains for those who don’t exercise regularly, so it’s a good idea to have some tablets of paracetamol on standby for this purpose.
2. Antiseptic liquid: eg. Dettol, savlon. You will need this to put in your bathing water (especially for times when the cleanliness of the water is questionable) and just for general disinfection of your surroundings in the bathroom and toilet (that’s if they do exist, I hear some camps don’t have the luxury of an actual bathroom and toilet building).
3. Water: Water should be your best friend in camp because standing in the sun and all that sweating from games and sports is bound to get you dehydrated. You may not be able to pack this in your bags, but be sure to include money for bottled or satchet water in your budget as you will be needing lots of it.
4. Hand sanitiser: You will need this for times when you don’t have access to water or there is no water at all. Use it as often as possible especially before and after food and before and after using the toilet to prevent transmission and spread of infections.
5. Mosquito net and repellent cream: If you thought NYSC Camp was meant for corpers only, you might want to have a rethink because some corper mosquitoes have been mobilised to join you in camp and they will stop at nothing to make sure they get a taste of your blood and give you sleepless nights with their annoying buzzing noises. If you don’t want to be a victim, take a mosquito net and mosquito repellent cream along with you.
I’m assuming you’ve packed these 5 items in your bag now that you’ve read this post, thumbs up to you, you’re now ready to go to camp! Goodluck and have fun making new friends when you get there.