PACKING LIST

The following recommendations were created by expert travelers who are familiar with area. Participants are strongly advised to follow the below guidelines to ensure a smooth, comfortable and convenient trip. 

Tips

  • Pack enough for 2 weeks. Participants should pack enough clothing for 2-3 weeks not for six weeks. Participants will be expected to wear some items more than once and participants will have the option  to do laundry while abroad.
     

  • Pack 35 pounds of luggage or less. We will be moving around quite frequently so it is vital that participants pack lightly. Do not overpack. This is the most common problem for participants traveling abroad. Participants with too many items can be a burden for their cohort and hosts (it doesn't make for a great first impression if you're taking up too much space in your room or holding the group up when it is time to move locations). Star Service & Study Abroad does not take responsibility for baggage fees or overweight luggage. 
     

  • Save space. Participants often purchase many gifts and crafts while in Ghana and often leave with much more than they came with. We advise participants to leave extra space in their bag to accommodate the extra items that they will most likely return home with. 
     

  • Additional considerations. Please note that it will be hot & humid in Ghana though the evenings can be quite cool and it will even rain somedays. Also, people in Ghana tend to dress more conservatively than in the United States.

Carry with you during travel

The following items should be stored in your carry on bag and remain by your side during your travels:

  • Passport
     

  • Driver’s license or state I.D.
     

  • Credit cards and ATM cards 
     

  • Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination
     

  • Emergency contact information 
    (including names, numbers and addresses in your host country)

     

  • Flight itinerary
    (in case of delays and you cannot access wifi to retrieve your confirmation numbers)

     

  • Cash
    (the most common form of currency in Ghana. Students are not advised to carry more than $300 on them, however $50 or so can be convenient for purchasing food and other comforts during travel.
    )
     

  • Electronics
    (including cellphones, laptops, tablets, cameras, MP3 players and all chargers)

     

  • Outlet adapter 
    (the outlets in Ghana differ from those in the U.S. and cannot accommodate most US electronics unless a converter is used. Participants must purchase a converter prior to their departure. Outlet converters, also known as travel adapters, can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart, Target and most large retail stores. Click here to learn more)

Carry in your checked baggage

Clothing

  • Shoes (2 total)

  • 1 pair of walking shoes (sneakers)

  • 1 pair of sandals

 

Bottoms (7 total)

  • 3 shorts

  • 3 skirts/light pants/dresses

  • 1 pair of jeans

Tops (8 total)

  • 5 t-shirts/tank tops 

  • 2 light long sleeves (good for evenings & rainy weather)

  • 1 lightweight jacket for rain
     

Other Items

  • 1 bathing suit

  • 1 belt

  • 4 pairs of socks 

  • bras & underwear (15-20)

  • one outfit for more formal occasions (1)

  • pajamas (4 sets)


Toiletries
(many of these items are available for purchase in Ghana at lower prices. If you do choose to buy these items in advance, we encourage you to purchase travel sizes)

  • Body soap, shampoo/conditioner & face wash

  • Hair supplies: comb/brush/hair ties/oils/pins

  • Moisturizers and cosmetics

  • Sunscreen

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste (should pack in carry on)

  • Deodorant

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Shaving razors & creams

  • Washcloth

  • Tweezers & nail care

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Pocket tissues

  • Baby wipes

  • Shower cap

  • Towel

 

Health Items

  • Prescription medications and legible copy of prescription

  • Small first-aid kit

  • Pain relief medication 

  • Anti-diarrheal medicine

  • Malaria prevention medication (mandatory)

  • Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses & cleaning solution

  • Insect repellent (for protection against ticks and mosquitos that lasts up to several hours. We recommend using a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET as higher percentages of active ingredients provide longer protection)

 

Luggage & Bags

  • 1 reliable piece of luggage for your checked bag

  • 1 purse/money belt/backpack for daily use

  • Luggage lock and tags for all bags

  • 1 smaller bag for 2-3 day excursions (this is very important as there will not be room in the group van to fit your whole suitcase when we take trips together. This can be the same bag you use for your carry-on)

 

Miscellaneous

  • USB stick (f0r sharing and downloading files)

  • Umbrella (it will rain!)

  • Notebook (for class)

  • Writing utensils

  • Inexpensive and reliable watch 

  • Alarm clock

  • Sunglasses

  • Copy of passport and visa page (carry separately from passport)

Gifts  

For your internship mentors, fellow staff members and new friends
 

  • Items with your university, town or state logo (such as t-shirts, mugs, or keychains) 

  • Regional non-perishable foods (for ex. maple syrup, salt-water taffy, dried cranberries) 

  • Photographs, postcards, calendars of your area with images of the scenery and sites

  • Your favorite American candies

  • Hand-made crafts

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