Remember to pack light and to pack your passport. If you must check a bag, mark it with colored duct tape and write “GO Project” in black marker on the tape. This will help you locate your bag in baggage claim.
IMPORTANT: If you take prescription medication, please be sure you carry them on your person during flights and in their original containers. Do not put them in your carry on bag, as it may be checked at the gate.
Here are things you want to bring with you:
- Small flashlight with extra batteries
- Camera, extra batteries, extra memory cards, etc. (don’t forget your charger and cable)
- Travel alarm clock
- Woolite or similar (for hand-washing clothes each night)
- Copies of: your passport, yellow fever document & insurance card
- Snacks, protein bars, sport powders for water (a little comfort for long bus rides)
Toiletries and personal care:
- Soap and shampoo
- Wash cloth (consider microfiber towel so it will dry)
- Toothbrush and tooth paste
- Brush or comb
- Eye drops, extra contact lenses and spare eyeglasses as needed
- Kleenex, small packages (this is important for women for using toilet facilities)
- 1 roll of toilet tissue (remove the cardboard roll and flatten the roll. Pull tissue up from center of roll and keep in ziplock plastic bag with small bottle of Purell)
- Shower shoes/ flip-flops (esp. important for avoiding athlete’s foot)
- Ear plugs
- Eye shades (also good for the airplane)
- Adapter plugs and transformers for electrical appliances, e.g., razors, hairdryers, etc. (electricity may or may not be available in some locations!)
- Handi-wipes for keeping your hands clean and Purell
Basic medical kit:
- Malaria prophylactic (DOXYCYLCLINE is recommended for Uganda click here>> for more info)
- Mosquito or insect repellent (recommend deet)
- Personal prescription medications in original pharmacy container-carry in backpack (copy of prescriptions and dosage)
- Benadryl (also helps with sleeping at night, especially when jet-lagging, and with sleeping on the plane)
- Motion sickness pills if you are prone to this as we will travel on bus
Clothing: Microfiber/dry-vit will wick moisture and also dry if you wash it. Recommend spraying your clothing – hang in garage or outside, a few days ahead to repel insects.
- 3-4 outfits; mix and match and hand-washable where possible. Uganda is a country of modest dress. In respect, women should plan to wear long skirts and dresses below the knee and tops with shoulders covered – absolutely NO shorts. Men should wear slacks, but avoid jeans. Men should not wear shorts, either. Laundromats are usually non-existent, and we suggest hand-washing clothes (where possible) each night.
- 1 pair of dress shoes for church
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes (recommend a close toed sport sandal like Keen)
- 3-4 pair underwear (wash each night-when possible))
- Sweater or light jacket (can wear comfortable pants with jacket on flights)
- Rain poncho (dollar store in a small envelope)
- Sun hat (optional)
- Carry-on bag must comply with airline measurements & should include: copy of passport and all your personal items. Remember toiletries must be in TSA small sizes.
- Checked luggage should be manageable by you, since you will have to carry all of your own luggage. You will each have one or two free 50 lb. checked bag(s) for supplies (depending upon carrier). We ask that you affix red duct tape prominently on outside with GO marked on it. Please weigh and make list of supplies in each bag with description of bag — provide to trip leader for Master packing inventory list.
- Carry “on your person”—this can be in your backpack.
- Yellow fever immunization record
- Money (suggest using an undergarment money belt)
- Airline tickets
- All prescription medications in their original prescription containers (important for customs officials)