The Gambia What to Pack

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The Gambia What to Pack

  • What should I take?

    The main factor in deciding what to pack is the heat. Take shorts and/or cotton trousers, and light cotton tops. Add a thin cardigan or similar for the cooler evenings and early morning starts. You'll also want swimwear and some sort of cover-up to wear when going from pool to restaurant. But although The Gambia is a Muslim country it is very...

  • Generic of MALARONE available

    Light and though. If you intend to travel use a small bagpack which will also be your hand bag and your beach bag. Do not take your best sansonite! Put enough survival clothes in it when travelling (1 swimming costume, 1/2 tshirst, 1 dress or pair of trousers, bermuda, underwears and socks. 1 pair of plastic shoes for the beach etc) in case your...

  • Maleria is a serious illness!!

    There are plenty of porters at Banjul airport they will get you through Customs as quick as possible for a tip of £1 per case well worth it! Cases are ex-rayed by customs which is not really a issue for most people, but for us we usually carrying items such as learning aids for schools, which quite often means we have CD players, old mobiles phones...

  • Tampons are hard to find!

    I would recommend taking everything you need with you. Toiletries are moere expensive than in the UK and choices may be limited. With regards to sanitary products definitely DO NOT leave that to chance as you will not find tampons and any sanitary towels you find will be like nappies.

  • Packing List

    let it be some with a key! shoes to walk in, light long shirts and trousers. Make sure to take clothes along you can leave for friendly people, they will apprteciate it anti-mosquito-lotion for the skin. Leave your lotion and shampoo there! Likewise the rest of your malaria tablets, paracetamol green tea as a small gift is always welcome....

  • Clothes for charity

    Most of the population in the Gambia is very poor. All gifts are highly appreciated. Please take as much pens and paper, toys and used clothes as ever you can with you. Your airline company may allow one extra luggage for charity purposes if you ask them beforehand. Dont give the stuff away just there on the streets. That is one way to teach bad...

  • Insect repellant... and lots of it

    something light and easy to carry round for day trips out flip flops are usually fine, i never wear anything else. All standard garments you'd associate with a holiday where temperatures are averaging 30C.Some thin full length trousers and a light top covering your arms are perfect at dawn and dusk when insect bites are frequent anti malarial...

  • Quick list of things I'll take next time

    Strong sun cream, it really is very hot. Good tummy-bug medicine as almost everyone caught Banjul Belly.Football shirts - either old ones of yours or cheap ones you can find in sports stores. You can swap these for anything.

  • Mosquito Repellent, Books, Camera, Visa

    Bring nothing nice. In the long dry season (November to May), temperatures average 70-80F and the humidity is 30-60%. Summer temperatures range between 80-90F and the humidity is high. The rains begin in June and continue to October. Throughout the year, temperatures tend to drop substantially in the evenings. Malaria is present throughout the...


    There is a growing risk that people who travel to tropical and sub-tropical regions may contract malaria. At the same time, malaria prevention and treatment is becoming increasingly complicated by developing resistance. LARIAM is a widely used prescription medication that is highly effective at preventing and treating malaria. Since 1985 more...

  • Take items that you can leave behind

    Light weight and old luggage as everything gets very dusty. Small lightweight rucksack for daily use. It's best to take as many items as you can that you don't want to return with. My daughter takes and wears items getting too small and returns with an empty suitcase!! Towels not really essential as a sarong makes a light weight alternative. A...

  • Your unwanted items will find a...

    If you have space for your old shoes, you'll find someone with your shoe size! Take some extra shampoo and leave it with the people, it's an expensive product for them. Their are such a stylish people that they love to look sharp. Leave your old camera, someone will appreciate it. Remember you must have once thought it pretty cool yourself. If...

  • Get some extra's for the locals

    While packing do take some extra clothings you don't use anymore. The locals will be greatfull to you.

  • Malaria and mosquito

    light clothing Always wear shoes or sandals, even when you go into the Altantic. This is very important as you can get very sick by not doing so (has to do with infections) Use an anti malaria product (before leaving home).!!!!!! digital camera is the best. Beware of the dust. Put your camera in a plastic bag. Beaches are great. Beware of the...

  • Packing List

    Don't forget your swimming suit, light summer clothes, walking shoes, sandals. Don't forget to take your malaria pills! With 'lariam' you start 14 days before you leave. Take one pill by week and always on the same day. Go further to take the malaria pills until 14 days after your come back. Also necessary : sunmilk because it can be very...

  • Packing List

    Basic first aid equipment including sticking plaster, antiseptic cream, cotton wool,headache tablets, tampons, deodorants etc need to be packed. It is best to bring everything you think you might need with you and not rely on buying it there, even if it is available it will be more expensive than at home.Take little gifts for the children, items...

  • Don't forget the malaria tablets!

    If you are going to be doing quite a lot of moving around, it is best to take as lighter- weight backpack as possible. Don't take anything that is too inportant to you, as the red dust gets everywhere.... It is generally a very dry and hot country, so light weight clothing, along with a pair of sturdy shoes and sandals should be fine. Malaria can...

  • Packing List

    Bring a recognisable suitcase as when you arrive at Banjul airport, your luggage comes ouyt randomly on two conveyer belts and you need to grab it as soon as you see it otherwise it may disappear. Pack light clothes, summer clothes. Plenty of loose clothing. In February the tempperatures hit around 110 degrees. Take your malaria tabletsStomach...


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