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Packing lists for Uganda travellers

Packing lists for Uganda

Packing lists for Uganda

Here bellow we start by recommending Packing lists for Uganda travellers

In reality we find it quite possible to undertake even quite long trips to Africa with less than 20kg or 44lbs baggage, including some pretty substantial camera equipment.

Please do read the opening sections as they contain some critical information on the types of bags to take and how you should pack in case your hold luggage should go missing …

Luggage limitations

Most people take far too much gear with them when they travel to Uganda.

If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your flight, then bear in mind that the amount of greenhouse gases created is directly proportional to how much weight you are carrying. Every kilo you can reduce from your travel will significantly reduce this pollution.

If you know in advance that you will not be able to travel within the specified luggage limits, then you may need to book extra seats on flights, usually at the full per person rate.

If you turn up for one of these flights with too much baggage then often you will have to leave it behind and pay for it to follow you on a later flight.

Bags and suitcases

It is best to travel with soft bags, Hard suitcases need to be avoided, especially large ones which may not even fit through luggage compartment doors.

Important notes about lost luggage

For some reason bags regularly get lost on flights to Uganda. It is extremely important that you take this into account when packing for your trip.

The best solution is to carry hand luggage only. Most long-haul carriers now have very generous

If you do need to put bags in the hold, then make sure that you pack essential items in your hand luggage. The two most important items that this applies to are essential medical supplies and walking boots if you are going on a trek on your tour in Uganda. Lost luggage usually catches you up in a few days, possibly a week, but of course it can go missing for good. In Kampala you should be able to purchase replacement items, but this can significantly disrupt your schedule.

Medical supplies

Please refer to medical kits

Passport and visa

Please also refer to passports and visas

… passport
… visas
… certification of vaccinations, notably yellow fever
… photocopy of passport
… spare passport photos for visas


Advice on how best to make payments in Uganda is contained within our section on money.

… cash
… credit and debit cards
… travellers cheques
… passwords and security numbers

Proof of insurance

It is absolutely essential that you carry with you proof of insurance, including emergency contact numbers. Refer to the section ontravel insurance for more information.

… certificate of insurance

Electrical equipment

… telephone
… charger
… passwords for email accounts
… outlet socket converters

Refer to the electricity section for more information.

Photographic equipment

For tips on how to take good photos in Uganda, please refer to our section on photography.

… stills camera
… video camera
… loose lenses
… memory cards
… batteries
… charger
… cleaning materials
… instruction manual
… carrying case

Refer to the electricity  section for more information, notably about how much battery capacity to bring along.


… binoculars
… sunglasses
… reading glasses
… contact lenses and associated items
… torch/flashlight
… spare batteries
… spare bulbs
… matches
… candles

Reading and writing

Look out for the “good books” on the various country pages of our website for some reading recommendations.

… country guidebooks
… flora and fauna identification books
… reading books
… writing implements
… pad of paper
… games and cards


Refer to the section on clothing for more detailed notes.

If you are mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda then please refer to our specific kit list sections on the pages for each route.

… sun hat
… bandana
… walking boots


If you are staying in medium and higher end hotels and lodges then you really should not need to take a towel with you. Soap and shampoo is also usually provided. Earplugs are important because  lot of locations in Uganda, nights are sometimes not so quiet as you might be used to back home.

… soap
… shampoo
… towel
… toothbrush
… toothpaste
… deodorant
… cosmetics
… wet wipes
… soft toilet paper
… earplugs

Pack for a Purpose

If you are thinking of taking something with you to donate to local communities we would very happily help you get it to people who most need your help.


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