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What to Bring-Ladies
What to Bring-Ladies
Please understand that we are going to another country, with a different culture. We are also there representing God. Be modest in your attire, jewelry, and makeup
(What is acceptable in the city is not in the villages...no tight fitting or lowcut clothing.)
ITEMS TO BRING
-Backpack. Messenger bags are also good. I recommend bringing both. Even if you don’t use them to pack in, bring them folded up-Most of our travel will be via Boda Boda...you’ll be happy you have them!
- 2 pair of lightweight trousers- Jeans are too restricting, warm, and not usually appropriate for dress. Cargo pants are a nice alternative. The pockets are handy while hiking, visiting some villages, or during more adventurous activities. No tight fitting jeggings, and in Uganda LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS, PERIOD!
-5-6 skirts or dresses-Must be below the knees when sitting (longer is better), and not see through. I recommend cotton maxi dresses and skirts. If the dress straps aren’t thick enough, a vest or light duster can be worn over top. You will be wearing skirts or dresses the majority of the trip. They are e asy and breezy for walking around in the heat and villages — and for using squatty potties.
Two dresses should be nicer for church. And it is helpful to bring skirts and shirts that can be mixed and matched.
-4-5 blouses or shirts ( if sleeveless, must be 2”shoulders). Absolutely no extremely tight fitting, low neckline, or cropped shirts.
- 1-2 long-sleeved, lightweight, button-up shirts for to protect from the sun, and mosquitos on nights walking in the city.
- 2-3 tank tops ( must be 2” shoulders)
-6-7 pair underwear (Modest please. Keep in mind that you will be sharing a room.)
- 2-3 bras ( sports bras are ok, underwire NOT recommended.)
-1-2 pairs biker shorts (they work well under long skirts, help with modesty on body-bodas, and help with skin chaffing in the extreme heat.) Absolutely NO wearing them by themselves, though! Remember, we're going for modesty!
1 windbreaker/rain jacket – Strongly recommended. Even during Uganda’s “dry season” we may go to the rainforest at some point, and a light jacket is also nice for evenings spent outside to help protect from mosquitos.
- 4 pair shoes
1 comfortable for walking and working (athletic shoes)
1 pair flip flops (preferably not plastic Old Navy style as they tend to break) 1 pair nice flip flops or sandals for church (which also includes walking).
1 pair of waterproof/rain boots ( I recommend knee-high rain boots. They are much easier to clean and protect feet when walking in unsanitary conditions in the village. Plus they are high enough to protect from safari ants on hikes in the rainforest. )
- At least 4-5 pair socks
- At least 1 hat, and 1-3 bandana or hair scarfs
-1 actual scarf (think light and hipster like)–Lovely to have if you find yourself getting a bit cold or if you're asked to cover up cleavage.
-2 sets sleepwear (modest please)
- 1-2 Swimsuits -One-pieces or tankinis are ok, but no regular bikinis period! (If you bring a
bikini you will be asked to wear a shirt over top!)
- 1 beach towel
- a small blanket or blanket scarf (traveling) -a neck pillow (Lots of traveling!)
-You will notice that bringing shorts to wear by themselves, was not mentioned. That's because in Uganda, ladies wearing shorts really isn't a thing. We are going to another country, with a different culture. Many things that are considered ok here in the U.S., are NOT appropriate there. If you ignore this, and bring shorts instead of skirts, or any other off-limits items, you will be sent home, or expected to purchase appropriate items AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE.
- Shampoo/Conditioner -(These are sometimes hard to find in Uganda. Bring enough to last the whole trip, especially if you are picky about the brand.)
- Soap or Body Wash(Recommended that you bring a small travel size in your carry-on, as well as full sized in your checked bag. Travel takes almost 2 days...you will likely want to freshen up at the airports, or on the plane.) Flushable wipes, no-rinse body wash, or prepackaged “wash clothes” are also a good option for this. (See note
at the end of this list for TSA liquid carry-on guidelines)
- Face Wash etc. (Recommended that you bring a small travel size of this in your
carry-on as well. See above)
- Deodorant -Bring enough for the whole trip
- Razors- Preferably battery operated electric only. (Knicks and cuts can turn into lIfe threatening infections. Prevention is the best medicIne.)
- Hair ties – Necessary to keep the hair off your neck on those hot days.
- Makeup/MakeRemover Wipes- I recommend a tinted moisturizer, or something
similar, but make sure that it contains a sunscreen. (I sell Arbonne, and can get you some products for a discount. So, if you are having trouble finding something that works, let me know.) And minimal eye makeup etc. This is not a fashion contest, and most Ugandan women do not use large amounts of makeup, if any. Don’t pack your whole beauty arsenal. Stick with the basics.
-Feminine Hygiene Products -After my time in Uganda, a Diva Cup is the one thing I recommend to all my fellow lady travellers. It’s easy, mess-free, light to pack, and ideal for rural life. Another option is Thinks Period Panties. www.shethinx.com/collections/period-panties . If you tend to have a super heavy flow, it might be a good idea to get both, rather than trying to use pantiliners or pads as a backup. There aren’t always trash cans readily available for throwing away other products in Uganda. And there are trash disposal issues all over Uganda, so we need to keep waste to a minimum, when possible. )
-Towel and facecloth (lightweight, fast-drying) – Try a microfiber towel that absorbs water quickly and dries fast.
Pack electronics and expensive technology at your own risk. I have friends who had their cameras or phones stolen when traveling.
-Flashlights- An absolute lifesaver when the power decides to go out unexpectedly. Be sure to bring extra batteries.
-Laptop – Useful when we’re able to stop in at an internet café. But understand that wi-fi will not always be available.
-Digital Camera – To capture all the beautiful sights we’ll encounter!
-Chargers and adapters–Bring an extra charger chord. We will have to get adapters when we
arrive, to be able to use the electricity.
-iPod – If you’d like some tunes for traveling
-Cell Phone- If your phone is not unlocked, you will not be able to use it in Uganda. You must be able to switch the SIM card in order to use it. Older flip phones work well for this...you can most likely purchase one for fairly cheap before you go, or it is possible to get one there, but I’m not sure about the cost. You can purchase airtime over thre, and I can show you how to do that. But as far as your American smartphone, you can only use it when wi-fi is available, but not to make regular calls. I recommend suggesting to family and friends that they get Facebook Messenger and or the WhatsApp app before you go, so that you can call and video chat when you have airtime or wi-fi . I will have means to notify your loved ones when we land...and then should be able to find a wi-fi spot once we get to Jinja. (It is a 3 1/2 hour drive from the airport.)
-Fan - If you prefer a fan to sleep...I suggest purchasing a small battery operated clip style one to bring with you in your checked bag. You can usually find that for about $10
Sunscreen (30 or higher. Even if you don’t burn at home, don’t assume that you won’t in Uganda. )
Lip Balm with SPF
Insect repellent (MUST HAVE. Your best defense against mosquito-born illnesses is to not get bites in the first place! Product needs to have at least 25-50 % DEET-the higher the better)
Extra glasses (If you wear contact lenses, bring an extra set of those if possible)
***Waterbottle-(Clean water is a luxury that most people and places in Uganda DO NOT HAVE. Tap water cannot be consumed. Unless you are informed that water is filtered...do not drink it or use ice cubes, etc. A LifeStraw filtered water bottle will be provided for you, and is included in your trip fees. You will need to use during the trip. These filtered bottles allow you to drink water that is otherwise unfiltered.
Photos of family and home and/or postcards- You might miss their faces while you’re gone, but it’s gonna be worth it!
2-3 small gifts to give to a new Ugandan friend (Examples: book or devotional, homemade jewelry, or journal)
Small Bibles to give away
Your own Bible and at least 2 notebook and 2 pens. (We will be having daily devotions
and prayer time as a team. Participation is mandatory.)
1-2 books or devotionals for personal reading (and/or to share)
Snacks/Food- (limit to two zip lock bags total ie: hard candy, nuts, granola bars (not chewy, or meltable) small to-go size peanut butter, raisins, banana chips etc. We will be served meals on the plane, eating lunch together daily, and will be going to the store to get food for food for the guest house, when we arrive. We will also be able to go to different cafe’s that have some American food at times, just not everyday. ) Part of the experience is learning the culture. Please be very detailed in filling out your emergency forms, especially if you have medical conditions or allergies that will affect diet.
Tissue packs and a small pack of toilet paper (Toilet paper is provided at the Guest House, but you may need it during days in the field, etc.)