Packing List

 Here is a generic packing list provided to us by Boma Africa:

Comfortable Clothing

  • Game drives mean spending many hours riding in the car; conditions can be hot and dusty!
  • Dresses/skirts (knee length and longer)
  • Pants / capris / long shorts
  • T-shirts or blouses
  • Tank tops
  • Long pants (protection from sun and mosquitos)
  • Fleece or sweater (evenings can be chilly)
  • Light long sleeved shirt (sun and mosquito protection)
  • Socks
  • Rain jacket
  • A nice dinner outfit
  • Bathing suit

Everything Else

  • Lightweight, fast drying towel
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Sleeping bag / light blanket
  • Nail brush/scrubber
  • Camera (extra batteries and memory cards)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Money belt
  • Anti-malarial and other medications or first aid kit
  • Personal cosmetics
  • Insect repellent
  • Journal/pens
  • Voltage converter (multi-sockets are available here – they are 5$. They allow you to plug in your appliance, but do not actually convert voltage. They work, but heating appliances tend to get way too hot)
  • Snacks such as granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, etc. (chocolate bars usually melt by the time you unpack!)
  • Photocopies of important documents: flights, insurance, passport, identification, bank cards, etc.
  • Mosquito nets are provided
  • Flashlight/ headlamp & Batteries
  • Earplugs
  • Battery operated alarm clock

* Camping on the Ngorongoro Crater can be quite cold. Pack a coat, hat, and warm sleeping bag!

Additionally, as you are each allowed 2 (50lb) suitcases for the travel, many of you may consider bringing one suitcase of your actual needs and then filling the second suitcase with items to donate. Here are some thoughts from Leesha at  Boma Africa on donations:
The school can use all sorts of craft projects/ supplies, books, (preschool level), I would like to get them some kind of speaker or screen to listen to music, watch educational cartoons, etc.

Customs are pretty onto incoming items at the airport. Do not say donation as you will be hassled and taxed. A suitcase full of items is going to be a flag and everyone will be charged “import tax”.  If you want to avoid paying tax then I would suggest a few items  and tuck them in among your clothes, etc. If you get asked it is best to say it’s gift for a friend, or it’s for my own personal use (if it’s believable).
If people have old iPhones that still work you can bring and sell and use that money to donate something. (THEY MUST BE UNLOCKED).
Otherwise as you know EVERTHING will get used by someone somewhere.   Few New or used quality items are much better than a suitcase full of dollar store stuff that breaks almost immediately.  (There is enough cheap crap here already).
I always encourage bringing money and spending here to stimulate the economy… of course if it’s things that you can get here!

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