Things to bring to Ghana for a 2-3 week trip:


  • airline eTicket/itinerary
  • passport
  • visa
  • shot record showing yellow fever immunization
  • letter of invitation from visa
  • copy of main page of passport
  • cash: crisp $100 bills to get best exchange rate
  • notes of key information (phone numbers, meeting points, etc)


  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • fast-drying underwear (but you can usually find a service to wash clothes within a day)
  • sturdy sneakers (any shoes you don't mind getting dirty/dusty with mud or reddish/brown dust)
  • shower shoes
  • pants (but maybe not jeans for being too hot, pref light and quick to dry) or skirts
  • if shorts or skirts, be sure they are long — close to knee or beyond
  • t-shirts (fine, but not sleeveless or tanktop)
  • long sleeve shirts (pref., partly for reducing sun/dust exposure)
  • rain shell (only april-sept)


  • Don't forget any personal prescription or over-the-counter drugs you need.
  • malaria medication
  • ibuprofin
  • ciprofloxin
  • sunscren
  • deet-based bug repellant
  • band aids
  • pocket knife
  • alcohol swaps
  • medical tape
  • duct tape
  • iodine water tablets or ultraviolet purifier (requiring batteries)
  • laundry detergent powder
  • nylon scrubby/loofah to scrub dirt off you (especially important dec-feb)
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • hand sanitizer (one or two small bottles to carry with you at all times)
  • toliet paper
  • toothbrush / toothpaste / floss
  • water bottle
  • skin moisturizer


  • flashlight
  • cell phone: unlocked with SIM card slot & power cord
  • power bank to recharge phone
  • batteries for flashlight (can also be purchased locally)
  • surge protector if you bring any sensitive electronics (like laptop)
  • US-UK electrical adapter; power converter if your electronics don't accept 220-240V
  • laptop & power cord
  • music player & power cord
  • USB pen drive


  • sleep sheet
  • small travel pillow


  • snack food, including one protein/health bar per day, including travel days


  • any small gift of clothing, such as tea, coffee, t-shirts with names on it, e.g. city or sports team

Reading Material

  • pens
  • papers