PACKING TIPS

Uganda is tropical.  The equator passes through it.  Uganda is warm, but not as humid as our summers here in the US.  Light modest clothes and short sleeves or sleeveless clothing is great in such a hot environment.  They are acceptable.  Nevertheless, very short dresses or extremely mini shorts would be considered offensive.

Please note that on Sunday mornings, all men would be expected to be in dress clothes including shirt, tie, jacket, belt, and dress shoes. Women would be expected to wear a modest dress or skirt that comes below the knee.

  • Borrow what you can.  No sense in making a big investment in shoes and clothing you may only wear for this week. 
  • Second-hand and Discount Shopping: It is a great idea to bargain shop for your trip needs so that if your luggage was to get lost, you would only be losing out on the items needed for the trip and not valuable clothing. You may also choose to leave the items behind to bless someone else. 

How Many Bags Am I Allowed?

  • 1 Carry On Plus Personal Bag (recommend a backpack with a lock on it)
  • 2 Checked Bags

Carry On:  It is common for bags to be lost while traveling to Africa, though they are normally recovered and returned at some point, this could include after you return from your mission trip. Please pack your essentials (glasses/contacts, medicine, toothbrush, etc.) of what you would need should your luggage get lost and a minimum of one change of clothes. 

Checked Bags: We want to use one bag for your personal items and the other for team supplies. We are told that it is wise to split your personal items between the two bags in case one is lost. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Clothing:

  • Shoes: Plan to wear shoes that are comfortable and cover your feet. Close toed shoes with backs are suggested for Crusade week. Flip flops are great for in your room and in the shower. 
  • Women: Plan to wear modest dresses or skirts that come past the knee daily. I would pack three to five and hand wash and hang in hotel room to dry. No bra straps/underwear are to be showing.  Wear clothing that fits comfortably, do not wear anything that looks like you were "poured" into it. Modesty is key, especially for ministry teams.
  • Men: Plan to wear dress slacks/khakis with a belt, dress shirt/tie with an optional jacket to all ministry events. We suggest packing three sets of shirts/pants and hand washing them and hanging dry in your hotel room.
  • Sweatshirts, sweat pants and jeans. It will be chilly in the mornings and evenings.
  • No tank tops of any kind for boys or girls.
  • Lightweight poncho or rain cover, shoes that can get wet or muddy and still be comforable if you are not able to change out of them. 
  • Work gloves, water resistant/proof would be best.
  • Sunglasses/hat or cap. For crusades, it will need to be a "dress hat" to match your church clothes if you have a bald head.

Toiletries:

Do not assume that toilet paper or soap are available wherever you go. For that matter, don't assume bathrooms are available. In most rural areas, the bathroom is literally a hole in the ground.

  • At least 1 roll of toilet paper. Travel Tip: Remove the card tube for easier packing
  • Travel tissues
  • Feminine Hygiene Needs
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Regular bathroom toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, etc.
  • Antidiarrheal/indigestion/allergy medications
  • Pack of baby wipes in case water is off and you want to freshen up a little
  • Medication: Double the amount you need for the number of days the trip will last

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ITEMS:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Water bottle with filter built in or mission straw
  • Insect spray (at least 50% Deet)
  • Sunscreen

MISC:

  • Photocopy of your passports stored in a different suitcase. 
  • Completed Team Member Medical and Liability Form.
  • Camera, extra batteries, film or SD card.
  • Ink pen, bible, notebook.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Candy or small toys to give to the children as gifts.
  • Bibles to give out at Crusades (We are checking on the best translation to take)