The following recommendations were created by people who are familiar with the area and know what participants will (and won't) need. participantsare strongly advised to follow the guidelines below to ensure a smooth trip 

Participants should pack enough clothing for 10-14 days NOT for six weeks. Participants should be mindful of the fact that they will only be in Ghana for 6 weeks. Additionally, participants will be expected to wear some items more than once as they will be able to do laundry while abroad.

Participants are not permitted to bring more than 35lbs of luggage. We will be moving around quite frequently so it is vital that participants pack light. 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). Remember: you will likely buy many gifts and crafts while in Ghana and will end up leaving with much more than you came with so you should leave some room in your bag. Star Service & Study Abroad is not responsible for baggage fees or overweight luggage. 

Please note: It will be hot & humid in Ghana though the evenings can be quite cool and it will rain somedays. People in Ghana tend to dress more conservatively than in the United States.

The following you should carry with you during traveL


Carry On

Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination card
      Credit cards and ATM cards
      Driver’s license or state I.D.
      Arrival information, including important names, numbers and addresses in your host country
      Emergency contact information card for your wallet
      Flight itinerary (in case you experience delays and need to retrieve your confirmation numbers and cannot access wifi)
      A spare pair of underwear as well as a toothbrush & toothpaste (in case your flight is delayed or bag is missing)
     Cash (the most common form of spending 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.
      Laptop or tablet and chargers
      Phone (Upon arrival you will buy a local cell phone to ensure that SSSA staff & students can easily & affordably contact each other day to day. If you choose to bring your phone from home and you have a phone with a SIM card make sure it is unlocked so you can use a foreign SIM card)


The following you should pack in your checked baggage



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 (10-15)
      one outfit for more formal occasions (1)
      pajamas (4 sets)
      head scarves (2)

(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
      Toothbrush & toothpaste (should pack in carry on)
      Feminine hygiene products
      Shaving razors & creams
      Tweezers & nail care
      Hand sanitizer
      Pocket tissues
      Baby wipes
      Shower cap



      USB stick
      Outlet adapters (click here for details)

      Camera and charger
      iPod/MP3 player (optional)
      Phone/Laptop/Tablet & chargers (should pack in your carry in baggage)


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
      Information about health coverage
      Insect repellent (for protection against ticks and mosquitos that lasts up to several hours use a repellent that contains 20% or more DDET. Note: 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
     1 smaller bag for 2-3 day excursions (this is (very important, there will not be room in the group van to fit your whole suitcase when we take trips together. This can be the bag you use for your carry-on)



      Umbrella (it will rain!)
      Notebook (for class)
      Writing utensils
      Inexpensive and reliable watch
      Alarm clock
      List of intl. contact numbers for ATM/credit card companies for reporting lost or stolen cards
      Copy of passport and visa page (carry separately from passport)


Gifts  (for your internship mentors/staff members/new friends)

      Items with your university, town/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/sites
      Hand-made crafts