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The Pack Rat’s Guide to African Travel

H4G: The Everlasting Packing List for Africa

 

Updated   6Aug2013

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There are several packing lists below.  Use the ideas from each to develop your own Team Packing Guide.

 

Scroll down for tips on African-specific travel.

Master Packing List   as of 22July2013

 

Trip: DryCreek/Koboko

 

Next Trip:  Malakal

Coffee Plan! Take it/Make it!

Mug for coffee/toothbrushing

Sharpie for every team member/labels

Curt: 2 bags only

Big pack

Kelty pack

Only 3 stuff sacks

Fewer clothes: 2 shirts/ You won’t wear anymore.

 

Solar Planning

 

To Buy

 

To Do

 

Check on

 

Before Leaving:

 

GET UGANDA MAPS

Back up all data

Camp Towels

Passports

Business Cards

Lodging

 

Truck

Tools

Check Tyres

Extra key

 

 

To Print

Travel Maps

City Maps and Turns

 

 

 

To Buy

 

Tire Gauge

 

Finances

Credit Cards:

 

Bank Bag for receipts/cash

 

Cash:USD/

 

Kenyan

 

Ugandan

 

Electronic

Phones         PREP    Cords    Sim Cards

Laptops       Cords

Thumb drives

Vest

 

Packing  

Curt (3)    Backpack   Army Bag     Vest

 

 

 

DeDe (3)

 

 

Curt’s Clothing

3 Pants

Shorts

3 Undies

3 T shirts

3 Socks

3 overshirts

Rainjacket

 

Tools

Tool kit

Leatherman

To Go Bag

 

 

Outer Wear/Shoes

Rain jacket

Caps   Columbia

Palladium

Sandals

Belt

 

Medical/First Aid

Meds/Pill Organizer

 

 

“Must Haves”/Thriving

Coffee Condiments

Individual creamer

Post its/Zip locks

Baby Wipes

GAMES Decks of cards

 

 

 

Black Lock bag

 

 

Books

Pocket Journal

 

 

Home

 

 

Cooking/Kitchen

Water Filter

 

 

 

 

 

Master Packing List   as of 4July13

 

Trip:     Jinja/RVI-AGM Brackenhurst

 

To Buy         To Do      Check on

 

Before Leaving:

Back up all data

Close windows/Spray House

Towels at convent?

BMU   Passports    Shelton logbook

Get Business Cards

 

Truck

Tools

Tyres

Extra key

 

 

To Print

Bob’s instructions

 

 

 

To Buy

Pill Organizer

Tire Gauge

 

Finances

 

USD

 

Kenyan

 

Ugandan

 

Electronic

Phones         PREP    Cords    Sim Cards

Laptops       Cords

Thumb drives

Vest

 

Packing  

Curt (3)    Trunk/ Backpack   Army Bag     Vest

 

 

 

DeDe (3)

 

 

Curt’s Clothing

Pants       Jeans/Lightweights/Carthartt/Dress

Shorts       Cargo/Swim/REI

Undies

T shirts     Whites Starters

Socks

Sport coat

 

Tools

Tool kit

Leatherman

To Go Bag

 

 

Outer Wear/Shoes

Rain jacket

Fleece

Caps    OR/ Columbia/LSU/Pullover

Hiking Boots          Repair

Shoes   Palladium/Brown dress/    Tennis shoes

Sandals

Belt

 

Medical/First Aid

Meds/Pill Organizer

 

 

“Must Haves”/Thriving

Coffee Condiments

Post its/Zip locks

Baby Wipes

GAMES Decks of cards

Doorstops

Credit Cards:

 

File Box for receipts/cash

 

Black Lock bag/DeDe’s Mac Lock

 

 

Books

Pocket Journal

 

 

Home

 

 

Cooking/Kitchen

Water Filter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luthansa allows __________ on baggage

Ethiopian Air allows ________ on baggage

 

Pack light!  Get luggage scale for checking luggage weight.

 

Checked Baggage:  Mark all of team’s luggage with bright tape.  Put address labels on outside.  Paper inside with your US contacts/Ugandan contacts.

Take smartphone photos of all luggage.

Split four team’s labeled/bagged items among all luggage (in case of lost piece of luggage.)

 

Back pack for upcountry travel

Suitcase or footlocker for items you’re bringing but won’t need in bush.

 

Carry on:  Be sure your essentials are in carryon:

Meds/Bible/Journal/Health-Beauty items  (study limits on fluids in carry-ons)

 

Double check size requirements. Airlines have gotten persnickety on size.

Small Backpack  (Stow in overhead)

Carry Bag/Man Bag   Keep with you under seat.

 

Suggested Clothing:  clothing that will dry quickly.

3 button up shirts   (Magellan/Columbia style “fishing shirts.)

3 tee shirts.   Starter/Under Armor style.

3 pairs of pants   Lightweight and comfortable.  I carry one pair of jeans but my redneckishness coming out.

1 pair of shorts/zip off pants

3-4 pairs of underwear     I swear by Ex-Officio. Expensive but easy to wash/dry.

3 pairs of socks  (Athletic/Smart wool)

Light fleece   We’ve been told July weather is cool in NW Uganda

Light rain jacket

Shoes     flip flops/sandals     comfortable shoes: tennis shoes or lightweight hikers

Hat or Cap.

Bandanas

 

Ministry Items

Storying Cloths   Please bring 20-30 of the IMB cloths.

Your Bible/Journal

 

Essentials

Battery operated personal fan  (good for cooling and noise)

Earplugs

Medications in plastic bag/holder

Clean items      Baby wipes

Small camping towel for washcloth/drying off/cleaning feet before bed  (Academy has cheap version.  I cut one into four sections.)

Inflatable neck pillow.  For travel and as sleep pillow.

Sun screen/Sunglasses

 

Food/Drink 

MRE’s

Comfort Food   candy bars/sunflower seeds/Werther’s

Plastic Spoon/Coffee cup

Gatorade Mix in small packets

1 good water bottle.  (Stuff with Gatorade mix on trip over.)

 

 

Electrical

Charging cords    Plugs are three prong 220 UK type.

Camera   You can use smartphone or small point and shoot.  Your call.

Smartphone   You can bring your iPhone/Android if you wish.  Be sure to turn off data as you leave US to avoid astronomical bill.

We will have a small Nikoa cell phone for team to use.  It’ll have an Airtel SIM card and number loaded with start up minutes.  You can top off as needed.

Bob and I will both have our (unlocked) iPhones for your use if needed.

Tablets and Laptop:  Suggestion:  I’d bring my tablet but leave laptop behind.  We will have team laptop (Curt’s Mac) with portable modem/router.  You’re welcome to use for Skyping/etc.

Bring your iTunes playlist/Favorite sermons on phone or iPod.  Warning: I’ve got Jerry Clower and he’s going with us!

 

 

Cash and Credit/Debit Cards

You should be able to use US dollars in Frankfurt and Addis.  (Check this out.)

Have some small US bills for airport tips/snacks.

We are suggesting each of you bringing $1500 in US cash.  Recommended: $1300 in new (big-headed/clean/crisp) $100 bills.

$200 in new $20 bills.

We believe this will an excess in cash, but it is peace of mind.  See Budget

Remember that team will be paying expenses also on Iles and Calvert.  Thanks in advance!

 

Split the money into several places on your body.  Billfold in front pocket/money belt/money neck pouch/small pack.

Use of credit/debit cards will be limited.  Be sure to contact your card provider and tell your travel dates and locations.  (“I’ll be in Germany/Ethiopian/Uganda in late July and August.“)

Keep your passport, tickets/cash secure but readily available.

Your team will make the call on end of trip game drive/Nile trip.  We’ll be forwarding estimated expenses.

 

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