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There’s no time to waste, Call-up letters are out and camp starts in a few days. Do we really need 24 Passport Photographs and 24 copies of WAEC result? Hmmm I shredded a lot of papers after NYSC sha (Not after camp, because I was still waiting to see if I’ll need them)… Would we wear make-up? Maybe a little or more; depends on you… Must we braid our hair? Yes Please! Kinky if possible (camp weather can be temperamental)…

I’ve revisited my Orientation Camp list, just print this and tick each item as you pack. For those that cannot afford to forget anything (especially ladies), see below:

  1. Call-up letter*
  2. Notification/Statement of Result*
  3. School ID Card*
  4. Passport (It’s okay to have 16-24 copies. You’ll use them till the end of NYSC & after)
  5. White shorts**
  6. White shirts (Guys’ inner wear)**
  7. White shoes/sneakers***
  8. White socks**
  9. Mosquito net
  10. Torch & batteries
  11. Stationery for registration (Don’t hope to borrow, it’s annoying. Correction pen and a tiny stapler may save you time too)
  12. Phone that does not rely excessively on power eg. ‘Nokia torchlight’ (This is just me)
  13. The all-purpose waist-pouch (I always had a note, pen, cash, keys, tissue & Mentos😜 in here)
  14. Padlock (For your box and for your waist pouch)
  15. Bowl & Cutlery (Preferably, a bowl & cup with cover)
  16. Provisions (I don’t joke with my provs oo. Carry your garri too; it will actually finish by 2nd week if you are generous)
  17. Slippers (One you can also bathe with, you may be washing your feet a lot😂, Dust everywhere)
  18. Toothpaste
  19. Toothbrush
  20. Dettol/Savlon (of course!)
  21. Bathing soap (2) & sponge
  22. Soap case too (camp bathroom can be messy; if there’s a bathroom😅)
  23. Towel****
  24. Mofty (You need clothes & footwear for the few days after you get out of camp; besides, on my camp, mofty was allowed on Sundays)
  25. Bucket****
  26. Beddings & Pillowcases (If you don’t have to, no need for a pillow. That’s extra load. I stuffed my pillowcase with clothes to make-up for not having a pillow)
  27. Cardigan & thick socks (Most camps are on the outskirts and especially cold)
  28. Sunglasses (Irony yeah? The afternoon sun is also special, I tell you)
  29. Few Pegs to hold clothes you spread
  30. Handkerchiefs. (Again, this is just me)
  31. Detergent (Okay, the small sachets that will finish at once)
  32. Sleep clothes. Not just pyjamas, but large t-shirts. The cold may require double clothing and wrapper
  33. Enough underwear (You’re spreading this beside your bed o)
  34. Mama, don’t just take sanitary towel, remember Felvin (or whatever works for you). You don’t want cramps on camp
  35. Tissue (Ladies, do you know those flat facial tissues e.g Paloma. That’s your best bet)
  36. If you like to take Paracetamol, Vit-C and all that, take yours along. Beware of Fake drugs on camp
  37. Cash (The nearest ATM may be 2 hours away, or more.. and getting out of camp is too much stress, you may have to send someone.)


corpers-boots* 8 copies or less; depends on your camp

**You’ll probably have to exchange with someone to get your size. Also, the quality is not that great. So, have your own extra

***Rubber shoes are easier to maintain because you will probably clean your shoes every day. (Buy from Maami)

****This may be too much load, buy from Maami.


Of course it’s true that you can buy things from Maami market, but they are overpriced and fake products abound. Most of these things are already in your house, anyway, so just take them along. Corps members need all the money they can get oo, don’t say I didn’t warn you – camp is not for a shopping spree.


From looking for where to hang your net, to waking up early to bathe outside (in some cases), camp makes you rugged and creative😎


See, this 3-weeks is once in a lifetime. You’ll meet people and you’ll laugh a lot. Don’t be scared, just go with God and be happy. Find NCCF (Nigeria Christian Corpers’ Fellowship) and go all out to serve. Be careful, lock your stuff always & keep your money on you. Nothing was ever stolen from me, so hey, it’s not that bad.


If you have comments or more questions about Camp and NYSC, leave a message below, anytime. We’ll be here 🙂



Written By:@ToluKumuyi

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Tolu Michaels

Tolu devotes her life to helping people live truly, connect deeply and love freely. She shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language and has been a speaker at many youth gatherings and discussion groups, encouraging young people to take a stand for the Lord in spite of today’s culture. Tolu serves as the Ministry Director of Godlovers Fellowship and has been featured on Kingdom Times and Lifegiva.

Comments ( 8 )
  1. Yomi
    October 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This came in so handy! Thankyou so much💋

    • ToluKumuyi
      October 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

      You’re welcome Yomi. Glad you found it handy

  2. Peace
    October 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    This checklist is very correct. NCCF cannot be over emphasized. It made my service year worthwhile. It made me impact in the lives of those in the rural villages

    • ToluKumuyi
      October 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

      I agree with you Peace, NYSC is to:
      Serve God and Serve the people of your Country

  3. olushola
    October 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thank u very much tolu

    • ToluKumuyi
      October 28, 2015 at 8:18 am

      You’re welcome Olushola

  4. Tumi
    October 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I found this post hilarious but informative as well. Thanks for this list. My sister is going to camp tomorrow and she decided to ask me for what she would need in camp yesterday (Who does that? I have no choice as her “egbon” sha). This list came to my rescue! Keep up the good work.

    • ToluKumuyi
      October 28, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Haha Tumi, we must perform ‘egbon’ rites every now and then.
      Thankful that the list helped your sis. Wishing her all the best

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