What to pack for Burkina Faso

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    Take as little as possible!!

    by hydronetta Written Feb 20, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Trolley luggage can be difficult at cases to carry as not all roads are paved. Also don't take your expensive Samsonite bag. African dust will cover up everything

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton clothes but evenings can be bitterly chilly so you need a warm jacket. You will be able if you don't move here and there every day, to wash your clothes. This can be done even by the hotel or guesthouse staff

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you travel in remote areas better have everything you need even toilet paper

    Photo Equipment: Take good care of your DSLR due to dust (read my warning section)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Forget swimming. Due to bilharzia most rivers or lakes are potentially hazardous...
    Good trekking shoes.

    Miscellaneous: Your antimalarial pills, sunblock cream. Maybe mosquito nets if not provided by guesthouse/hotel

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    Water

    by NEILHALLIDYA Updated Apr 8, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Water is a very scarce resource in most of Burkina Faso. Try to take sufficient bottled water if you are going on long bus journeys. In addition to this treat any drinking water with concern. Bring sufficient iodine to treat water and boil where you have any doubt.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Remember to take plenty of rehydration sachets and immodium.

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    Clothes and malaria medication

    by sarahandgareth Written Jun 16, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: One comfortable backpack should be more than enough; you don't need to bring much when you can wash your clothes and expect them to be dry well before morning.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Very light cotton clothing is great for Burkina. Burkinabe like to dress well - much better than most backpackers! - so some light cotton button-down shirts are often better than t-shirts. Better yet, bring a shirt you like, then go to the market, buy some cloth and get a tailor to use your shirt as a model to make some more!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some travellers are casual about malaria protection, but if you are only going to be in Burkina for a few weeks, it seems silly to spend a week or so sick with a preventable disease. Speak to a doctor with some tropical medical experience before you leave: not all malaria medications are suitable for everyone. You must get a yellow fever vaccination to visit Burkina, but consider getting some additional vaccinations too with the advice of your doctor. Hepatitis vaccinations are a common preparation for travel in Africa, as well as boosters for polio and diphtheria.

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    Packing List

    by Narviking Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Dont take too much clothes with you, Burkina Faso is boiling hot. The nights however can get a little chilly but certainly not freezing. PHOTO: A GUY FROM BURKINA FASO DRESSED IN THE LOCAL WAY, PERHAPS A GOOD IDEA TO PROTECT YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE STRONG SUN.

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