PACKING LIST

Please note that nearly everything on these lists can be purchased in Nairobi.

Health Related Items:

  • First aid kit containing plasters, bandages, antiseptic spray, thermometer
  • Record of your blood group
  • Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sun block
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Loperamide and oral rehydration salts for travelers diarrhea
  • If you take regular medication: take more than you need and split it between your baggage
  • Consider taking a copy of your prescription or a generic list of the drugs you take
  • Travel with a copy of your insurance policy and emergency contact numbers

 

General packing:

  • Credit/debit cards
  • $20 bills dated later than 2001
  • Copy of travel insurance
  • Copy of vaccination card
  • Copy of passport
  • $50 bill for visa upon entry into Kenya
  • Prescription medications (consider bringing double doses and/or storing in two different places in case one set is lost)
  • Passport (with more than 6 months until it expires)
  • Clothing: Think easy to wear, easy to wash, comfortable clothing that can be layered for cool mornings/evenings and hot days. Please do not bring expensive jewelry or clothing, excessive luggage, or traveler’s checks. No low cut blouses or short skirts or dresses. Kenyans dress up and we tend to look like we rolled out of bed. Keep that in mind when planning your outfits. 
  • Comfortable shoes (close-toed or sandals)
  • Swimsuit
  • Lightweight jacket or fleece
  • Raincoat
  • Brimmed hat
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer (not to be used while in the presence of our Kenyan guests, such as in after a handshake)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen    
  • Dr. Bronner’s for washing *everything* (hair, face, body, clothing) 
  • Bag that can be fully closed and secured across your body (messenger bag or backpack that can hold water bottle, hat, camera, etc. ideal)
  • Camera
  • Extra camera batteries and memory cards
  • Equipment charger with international converter (220-240 Volts, British BS-133)
  • Books (I recommend Wangari Maathai's "Unbowed" and “Challenge For Africa and Michela Wrong's "It's Our Turn to Eat")
  • Headlamp
  • Mailing addresses for postcards
  • Journal and pens
  • Plastic drain stopper and clothes line for washing clothing (you can pay to have your clothing washed, as well)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses 
  • Binoculars
  • Animal/flora/fauna identification books and translation books