Uganda packing list

Wondering what to pack for a trip to Uganda? here are our Top Uganda packing list items 2021.

But if you’re planning a tour to Uganda for you, your family, school student group or even business trips, before getting into the specifics of what to take on your epic Uganda adventure, we have top Uganda packing list items here to keep in mind. You don’t need to pack each item suggested here, please find on this list what suits your tour to Uganda.

Top Uganda packing list items

Plastic bags are not encouraged in Uganda.  This includes:

  • Shopping/grocery bags
  • Duty-free bags
  • Ziploc baggies
  • Garbage bags Instead of plastic bags, try to use dry bags, reusable bags, and a rain cover (day pack). 
  • When it comes to packing your clothes, keep in mind that Uganda like most African nations are still quite conservative in the way they dress. We absolutely encourage you to be respectful of the local culture and people whose home you’re travelling through, and bring longer bottoms along (girls, generally down to the knee is best), and cover up the cleavage. If you’re sticking to major cities, you’ll probably find this is slightly more relaxed – but whoever came to Africa to hang out in its cities?!
  • Don’t pack your best clothes. The days can be hot, the roads long and dusty, and try as hard as you might, you’ll just always seem to end up covered in sweat and dust that doesn’t seem to budge. Opt for casual, comfortable basics you can afford to part with if need be.
  • That said, always have one ‘nice’, clean outfit ready to pull out of your bag. Locals take a lot of pride in their appearance and showing up to a restaurant, bar, or someone’s house looking grubby or overly casual is a sign of disrespect.
  • Layers upon layers upon layers. Temperatures in Uganda and across East Africa fluctuate greatly, even day-to-day. Mornings and evenings can get down to freezing (yes, really), while days can be hot and sunny. Pack, and dress, in a way that you can add more layers as the mercury drops and strip off as the heat of the day, begins to take over.
Uganda packing list for individuals visitors, school tours, and other groups.
  • Airline baggage allowances: how much you are actually allowed to carry by your airline
  • Pack light, especially if you have to walk a lot on your trip
  • Check the average temperatures for the time you will be travelling
Documentation is essential on your packing list to Uganda
  • You must take an up-to-date passport. If your passport is old, check and make sure it does not expire while you are in Africa. The expiry date of your document has to be at least 60 days after you return from your trip.
  • You will need a visa to enter Uganda, Rwanda and nearly all African countries. It is advisable to acquire your visa in your country of origin before you travel. However, you can get visas for entry in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport. Check for entry requirements to other countries or contact us for more details.
  • Keep all of your documents in a safe place at all times.
  • Record details of your travel documents before you leave. Note credit card numbers, traveller’s cheques etc. and write down procedures and telephone numbers in case of loss.
  • Make copies of your passport and other personal documents, and package them separately.
  • Nominate a family member or a trustworthy person in your home country to assist you should your documents be lost or stolen. Your passport, boarding card and other necessary documents should be easily accessible when you board your flight and in your destination country.
 Baggage type:

Suitcases are very difficult to move around with and can be quite heavy. You should take lightweight baggage that is easy to carry. If you do take a suitcase, you will need a spare backpack which you can use when you go on Safari or travel upcountry. Ensure that the backpack you choose is right for your back.

Plastic bags are not encouraged in Uganda.  This includes:
  • Shopping/grocery bags
  • Duty-free bags
  • Ziploc baggies
  • Garbage bags

Instead of plastic bags, try to use dry bags, reusable bags, and a rain cover (day pack).

Packing Advice

This top Uganda packing list item is just a recommended guideline for your reference. Everything is optional for you to choose from.

  • It’s best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewellery at home.
  • Print a copy of your reservation and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are travelling.
More top Uganda packing list items advice:
  • Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.
  • Long trousers (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Underwear
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Raincoat and/ or rain poncho
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Roads in Uganda can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed-toe, preferably waterproof
  • Trainers, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Packing cubes
  • Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (Ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, clear toiletry bag for aeroplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible). Remember to set the date and time on your cameras.
  • Headlamp, torch or flashlight, extra batteries
  • portable charger: When you’re out exploring for the day or sitting on a long tour, you need to be able to keep your phone fully charged
  • Camera, lenses, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • External USB storage
  • Power plug converter (Uganda
    standard voltage is 240 V & 50 Hz)
  • Video camera, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Tripod (travel size)
  • Go Pro, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Mobile phone, power cord, battery backup, headphones
  • Watch/Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity converter/adapter if travelling from the USA or Europe
  • Power bank
  • USB charger cables
  • Headphones
  • VPN: VPNs may be useful to access Facebook. Get your VPN set up before you leave for your Uganda tour
  • Waterproof Phone case:  Make sure your phone doesn’t get damaged if water splashes on it while on tour in Uganda
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Check with your cell phone provider for international use, or buy an unlocked cell phone get a sim card locally)

Day Pack
  • Face mask
  • Take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack:
  • Binoculars
  • Camera + disks, batteries, lenses, tripod, cleaning cloth
  • Video camera, cell phone, Go Pro, etc.
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks + to share with guides, other travellers, etc.
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Passports
  • Pocket Money
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Hair binder
  • Jackknife Magazines/books/headphones/kite/frisbee
  • Safari notebook + pen
  • Safari wildlife book
  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Moist towelettes (handy-wipes)
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, nail file, nail brush
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics
  • Travel towel: Most accommodations Msafiri tours use in Uganda will provide towels, but some of the cheaper remote places we go might not
First Aid material
  • You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
  • Prescription drugs
  • Anti Malaria pills (if necessary)
  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin
  • Band-aids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Diarrhoea medicine (Imodium AD or similar)
  • Ace bandage
  • Antibiotics (talk to a doctor)
  • Mosquitoes repellent: Mosquitoes in Uganda carry malaria, Insect repellent may not be easy to get once you’re in Uganda
  • Any other prescriptions you have
  • Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after your trip)
  • Visas as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make a sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of Msafiri tours travel itinerary
  • Negative covid19 test certificate as we write this in 2021
  • Medical insurance card
  • Address book
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate
  • Business cards
Document organizer

Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), traveller’s checks’ numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion’s luggage and email them to yourself (or store them in Cloud). Put copies of your travel itinerary in each checked bag.

  • Sunglasses, straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook, lots of pens
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard sweets, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, traveller’s checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2006 with no tears)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sunshade
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, Santa hats for your holiday photo
  • Cash, traveller’s checks, credit cards (including some small UK or USA notes)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Water bottles and/or Camelback
  • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets
  • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and stores
Packing for the flight
  • Passport, flight e-tickets, Msafiri tours travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
  • Mobile phone, headphones, charger
  • Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1-quart clear bag)
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eyeshades, earplugs
  • Wet wipes
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Prescription medicines / Daily vitamins

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