WHAT TO BRING


Pack smart and travel light. Consider each item you put in your luggage: Will you use it more than once?
Does the risk of it being broken or stolen outweigh the need to take it? What can be used in multiple situations and is most appropriate for the climate and culture?

Luggage
For those travelling out of Brisbane, we ask that you restrict your personal check in luggage to 20kgs on the way to Uganda so we can use the other 10 kgs for donations and project related supplies. This is important as we do not have the funds for the excess baggage if you do not strictly adhere to your 20kgs. For those not travelling out of other cities we ask that you might consider filling up 10kgs of your allowance with our current wish list which will be supplied separately. 

Consider the Climate: In East Africa, it is usually hot during the day (27C) and milder at night (16-18C).

PACKING

Documents:
  • Passport; passport photocopy packed separately to your passport
  • Flight Tickets and Safari Docs
  •  Vaccination Booklet / Records
  • Travel Medical Insurance Policy Card
  • Credit card 
  • US or AUD Dollars - US$50 note (dated after 2003) for Uganda visa upon arrival, plus $US or AUD large notes $50 or $100 (dated after 2003) for spending money
  • Additional Photo ID
  • Shoulder Bag – For passports, credit card, tickets, money etc. 

Clothing: 
  • Cotton/linen/breathable shirts/tops to wear at the guesthouses - (ACC tops are for sale upon arrival.) 
  • All tops must cover the shoulders when we visit schools or institutions (ie no singlets.)
  • Past-the-knee-length shorts or skirts; cotton/breathable pants and/or Jeans. If pants are tight, ladies.. a loose long top is needed to cover crutch and bum. Though you will see mini-skirts here and there (usually worn with leggings for modesty) keep them at home. Too short attire would immediately raise a cultural block and that would be counter-productive to your purpose in Uganda.
  • Pair of shorts for soccer
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Semi Formal for Church– Skirt below knees for women (no pants) and long pants for men. 
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy footwear if going on Safari or working on outdoor projects; runners, thongs (for showers, etc)
  • Swimwear 
  • Hat/cap
  • Performance Shoes – Black  
  • Ladies – Red Lipstick for performances. Your face shines on camera when you wear lippy  and the audience can see you better.
  • Performance Uniform - Black dress for ladies. black shirt and pants for the men. 

Other Necessities:
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, etc) NOTE: scented toiletries can attract insects
  • Antibacterial soap, shampoo etc
  • Travel towel
  • SARD Bio-degradable laundry soap to wash undies in room.(Note: Undies cannot be hung outside due to cultural restrictions). 
  • Water bottle
  • Reseal-able plastic bags
  • Prescription Medication - Should be kept in the original container, well marked with your name and your doctor’s name, and packed in carry-on luggage.
  • Travel clothesline (Can be purchased at Duty Free at the airport). 
  • Travel alarm clock (most mobile phones have an alarm clock).

Added Suggestions:

  • Muesli Bars, High Energy Snacks
  • Old Mobile Phone to use Uganda SIM card. (There is great mobile coverage in Uganda).
  • Melatonin tablets, helps your body clock adjust
  • Gardening Gloves (for those on gardening or clean up projects or jungle safaris) Three pairs            (one for you and two to give away).
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra set of prescription eye-glasses and hard case
  • U.K. Adapter for electric outlets. 
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera and equipment (charger, batteries, lens wipe, film, memory cards, etc)  
  • Travel Hairdryer although hair dries very quickly in Ugandan weather

Pharmacy Items recommended

  • Malaria Tablets – (as recommended by your pharmacist or doctor). We highly recommend           malaria prevention. 
  • Sunscreen 30+
  • First Aid Kit (56 piece Surgi-Pack) – (If travelling outside Kwaya tour)
  • Motion Sickness Tablets 
  • Paracetamol 
  • Allergy Tablets (any of the following)
  • o Loratadine 
  • o Fexofenadine 
  • o FCetrizine 
  • Insect repellent - Bushman – this product is at a strength suitable to areas with a high population of mosquitos (80% DEET) and comes with or without the added protection of sunscreen. 
  • Anti-itch cream – Soov 
  • Other creams are available which may be of benefit including hydrocortisone cream*  (reduces redness and itchiness in case of a rash forming)
  • Electrolytes – Hydralyte 10 Sachets (Comes in Apple & Blackcurrant or Orange flavour)
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Anti-nausea (Nausetil*) – same as Stemetil - contains prochlorperazine 5mg
  • Lip Balm 
  • Ear plugs (ANTINOIS BRAND) DO NOT buy the yellow foam ones....they do not work. 
  • Sleeping Tablets (Sleep Well 20 tablets)– contains Doxylamine Succinate 25mg


NOTE: Unless essential, best to leave your laptops and IPads at home.