UGANDA PACKING LIST
1. Wear and/or bring casual clothes for the Boston Institute, but remember you will have to carry what
you bring on to Uganda as well, so think ahead in terms of weight and appropriateness.
Keep in mind that Ugandans dress nicely and neatly.
2. Iron your dress shirts before packing and fold neatly.
Put the things you will need first at the top of the pile!
3. Enclose ALL liquids, gels, food in 1-quart zip-lock bags.
Anything over 3oz must be in checked luggage.
4. Pack one day’s clothes in your carry-on for flights in case your luggage
is lost (include toothbrush and medication).
5. You may want to plan on giving away some clothing items to those
who might need them at the end of the trip.
6. Bringing a guitar, flute, violin … buy or borrow a hard carry case!
7. Bring light clothes that dry quickly in the sun and air.
Be modest in your attire, jewelry, and makeup
(What is acceptable in the city is not in the villages...)
- 2 pair of light weight pants (not jeans)
- 3-4 skirts or dresses, which must be below the knees
when sitting (longer is better), and lined -
or bring a slip.
One should be nice for church
- 4-5 blouses or shirts (if sleeveless,
must be 2” shoulders).
None tight fitting or low neckline or cropped.
- 1 long sleeved shirt for sun/warmth/mosque visit
- 1 sweatshirt or light jacket for rain or cold
- 6 pair underwear (modest please), sports bras
- 3 pair shoes – 1 comfortable for walking and working,
- 1 pair flip flops, 1 pair nice flats or sandals for church
(which also includes walking).
- 4-5 pair socks
- 1 Hat or bandana or buff
- 1 set sleepwear (modest please)
- Personal toiletries (remember 30 days)
and 1 roll toilet tissue
- Shawl to completely cover head and
shoulders for mosque visit
Dress more nicely than you would in the USA
You most likely will be out-dressed by the Ugandan men
- 2 pair good light weight pants (i.e.: Dockers)
- 2 pair work pants (avoid jeans – hard to hand launder)
- 2 nice T-shirts (no military emblems, no slogans,
no holes and neat and clean. School names are OK)
- 2 long sleeved dress shirts (shop at Goodwill)
again, clean, ironed, neat and dressy)
- 1 casual shirt with collar (ie: polo)
- 1 long sleeve shirt or light jacket for cool weather
and/or sun protection
- 1 sweatshirt or windbreaker for cold and rain
- 3 pair shoes; 1 pair for general walking and work,
- 1 pair suitable for church (and walking), 1 pair
flip flops or tevas.
- 4-5 pair socks
- Hat or bandana or buff
- 1 pair gym shorts for shower
- set sleepwear (no holes, neat and clean)
FOR EVERYONE TO PACK
*****- Student ID
The items with a ***** are essential.
ALL CLOTHES SHOULD BE LIGHT SO THAT ITS EASILY DRIED IN THE WIND...NO JEANS
Your additional travel itineraries, contact phone and e-mail addresses
Top and bottom sheet and small light blanket
Small travel pillow (or pillow case to put jacket into)
Sunscreen (30 or higher – gel is more comfortable)
Lip Balm with SPF
Insect repellent (with high % DEET)
Extra glasses if you wear contact lenses
*Towel and facecloth (light-weight fast drying)
*Small re-usable water bottle (with your name on it)
*****Headlamp (Crucial, a must, and extra batteries)
A watch (your cell phone will not be charged)
Face wipes, baby-wipes, hand sanitizer
Bar soap for bathing and shampoo (8-12 oz)
Small bottle liquid dish detergent for laundry (8-12 oz)
Hat and sunglasses
Small digital camera and batteries (and transfer cord)
Minimal amount of other toiletries (1 deodorant, 1 lotion, 1 toothpaste…)
Small bag for everyday use (carry water bottle, notebook, small item)
Comb, hairbrush, razor (no electricity in some places, and it is 220-250V)
Photos of family and home and/or postcards
1 gift to give to Ugandan partner (IVP book or devotional, college T-shirt
small or medium, or journal)
Small Bible to give away
You own Bible and notebook and pen(s)
1 book or devotional for personal reading and to share
Snacks (limit to two zip lock bags total ie: hard candy, nuts, granola bars (not chewey, or meltable), small plastic jar peanut butter, raisins, banana chips)
Vitamins (30 day supply), Pepto-Bismol (sml), Tylenol, ibuprofen, small first aid kit
Tissue packs (and/or 1 roll toilet tissue)
Money – this is important:
*For spending money you may only bring $100 bill(s) to be changed in the country. The issue date must not be before the year 2000 (so ask bank for 2001, 2002 … or newer). You may carry smaller bills for international airports but they cannot be used in Uganda or exchanged. Please do your banking before the institute – do not make us go looking for a bank during that time. You may team up and split $100 between a couple of you if you would like but only $100 bill can be exchanged.
Share this list with your church mission committee or dorm friends or small chapter group and ask if any would like to support you by donating or buying some of these items for you. Go shopping at the Good Will for clothes you may not normally have in you wardrobe – but make sure they are neat and clean.
Not good at packing? Get some help! Your bag should zip easily and not strain at the seams. It will be weighed and MUST not be over 47 pounds! You will receive two – three books to carry that will add two additional pounds at the institute, so leave room! Please attach a luggage tag to all bags, checked and carry on.
Carry-on is limited to one bag of 25 pounds or less (like back-pack or SMALL carry-on suitcase) and one personal item like a purse or briefcase or shoulder bag (less than 25 lbs.).
For the luggage tag, put your home address and e-mail on the tag. You will receive a Ugandan address on a contact document later for your family and for you to carry as you travel.