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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Uganda| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Uganda| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Uganda| |5}}]] based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Uganda and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that an essential item to one person is a waste of space and money to another. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything mentioned below, so consider each of the suggestion below and make certain bringing it makes sense to you personally and professionally. If you can’t imagine why you would use an item on this list, you probably never will. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Uganda, including made-to-order clothes. Also note that you will be responsible for carrying all of these items through airports, on crowded buses, and through large cities. Luggage should be lightweight but sturdy, lockable, and easy to carry. As mentioned earlier, Ugandans place great emphasis on being well-groomed and appropriately dressed. When it comes to dress, it is best to err on the conservative side. Tight, torn, revealing, and skimpy clothing is unacceptable. Women’s skirts should be below the knee, and slips are a must. Most Ugandan women do not wear sleeveless garments or trousers in the workplace. For men, button-down shirts are a must for work; T-shirts are not appropriate as professional wear. Do not bring military- or camouflage-style clothing.

The climate in Uganda is pleasantly moderate, although it can be quite cool at night and in the rainy season, especially in the hilly areas. In choosing clothing, remember that you will be washing clothes by hand, that it can take a long time for items to dry in the rainy season, and that dark clothing is better at hiding mud and dirt.

General Clothing

  • Belt
  • Rain gear
  • Sleepwear
  • Sun hats or caps
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or windbreaker
  • Sturdy gloves for gardening and other work

For Women

  • Three basic below-the-knee skirts
  • One or two pairs of culottes for bike riding and fieldwork
  • Four short-sleeved (not sleeveless) tops (tank tops can be worn underneath if desired)
  • One below-the-knee dress for special occasions
  • One or two pairs of slacks for gardening and travel (jeans are rarely appropriate for women and are hard to wash and dry)
  • One or two pairs of shorts for sports
  • Two-year supply of cotton underpants, bras, and socks (not available locally)
  • Nylons (not necessary for Uganda but perhaps useful for vacation) -- they are available in country as well
  • Durable sports bra
  • Two or three half slips and one full slip
  • At least one, one-piece swimsuit

For Men

  • Four pairs of nice cotton or polyester-blend trousers for work (jeans are okay for casual wear, not for work, but are very hard to wash and dry)
  • One nice dress shirt and tie for special occasions (a sports coat is useful but not a must, and some teacher trainers find they need to wear ties)
  • Four or five button-down shirts for work, most short-sleeved
  • One or two pairs of shorts (conservative length) for sports and wearing around the house
  • Four or five T-shirts for casual wear and physical labor
  • Two-year supply of cotton underwear and socks
  • Swimsuit


  • One pair of dress shoes
  • One pair of sturdy, comfortable work shoes with closed toes
  • One pair of hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • One pair of sturdy sandals (flip-flops and simple canvas shoes are available in Uganda)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Prescription drugs for the first three months
  • Two or three months’ supply of sanitary napkins or other feminine hygiene supplies (ob-brand minipads are available locally but are expensive, and you will not have a chance to buy any during training)
  • Shaving cream (available locally)
  • Deodorant (available locally but expensive)
  • Cotton swabs (also available locally)
  • Shampoo and cream rinse for the first few weeks
  • Toothbrushes and travel case (toothpaste is available locally, but bring an initial supply)
  • Dental floss (though the Peace Corps provides floss, it is handy to have some for other purposes (e.g., hanging pictures))
  • Hair clips, bobby pins, covered elastic bands
  • Razors and blades (some types are available locally); remember not to pack these or other sharp objects in your carry-on bag
  • Brush/comb, some extra ones
  • Lotions and powders (note that scented toiletries can attract insects)
  • Nail clippers and nail files or emery boards
  • Hair-cutting scissors


You will be given a modest settling-in allowance after training to buy household items in Uganda, and pots and pans, dishes, cups, basins, cookers, and lanterns are widely available. You might want to send some food items to yourself before you leave, such as powdered drink mixes, granola bars, chocolate that won’t melt, and your favorite spices (many spices are available here, especially Indian ones).

  • Two sets of sheets; twin-size flat ones are the most useful (local sheets are of poor quality and expensive, though local blankets are of good quality)
  • French press, if you appreciate good coffee
  • Three to four washcloths for use in bucket baths (also available locally)
  • Several large towels (lightweight beach towels are a good choice-these are available locally as well)
  • Cookbook or recipes
  • Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Good can opener (available locally, but often of poor quality)
  • Vegetable peeler and other favorite low-tech gadgets (most items available locally)
  • Measuring cup and spoons (also available locallye)
  • Mess kit for cooking (most items available locally)
  • Plastic food storage containers and bags


  • At least 15 passport-size photos will be used to obtain a residency permit and for use in obtaining other forms of identification soon after you arrive, so pack them in your carry-on luggage
  • Umbrella (available locally)
  • Sewing kit
  • U.S. stamps, for sending mail with people traveling back home
  • Good dictionary
  • Reference books for your specialty (there are also good materials in Peace Corps/Uganda’s resource center)
  • Duct tape
  • Small stapler and staples (also availabel locally)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Small mirror
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Pocket-size solar calculator
  • Sleeping bag and pad (some Volunteers say these are essential; others say they never use them)
  • Good flashlight and extra bulbs
  • Sunglasses
  • Money belt
  • Basic wristwatch
  • Shortwave radios
  • Binoculars (optional-Uganda is a bird-watcher’s heaven)
  • Camera
  • Bungee cords
  • Daypack
  • Solar-powered battery charger and batteries (if needed for your gear)
  • Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join Market for Change
  • Music player and music (consider the power and battery consumption of the different options, also consider the risk of having this stolen)
  • Musical instruments (if you play or plan to learn)
  • A few novels (to read and swap)
  • Hobby materials like sketching pads and pencils
  • Games

Note: Do not bring a mosquito net; Peace Corps/Uganda provides these.