Packing time, here I am!

“On a long journey even a straw weighs heavy.”
So true!

packing

When you’re making your final decisions on your travel packing list, the key question to answer for yourself is:

“When it is 30 degrees and you are running for a train/plane/taxi/tuk tuk/elephant, what do we want on your backs?”

Definitely not much! :)

So in this post you can find what I’m bring with me. As mentioned before the very tough part for me (as usual!) is the photography gear: how to find the right balance on what to get with me and what to leave home.

My Travel Packing List for Uganda

  • 65 liter backpack
  • 30 liter daypack

Clothing

  • Sandals
  • Walking trainers
  • Underwear x 7
  • Light socks x 6
  • Trekking socks x 2
  • Trousers x2 (with zip to turn into shorts)
  • Shorts x1
  • Swimming shorts x1
  • Long sleeve top x2
  • T-shirt x5
  • Polo shirt x2
  • Fleece Jacket x1
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Hat

Electronics

  • 7 inch Nexus 7 tablet (for work, blogging and keeping in touch)
  • Smartphone
  • Earphones
  • Universal adapter
  • USB External Battery Charger Power Pack
  • Phone battery charger
  • Head torch
  • Watch (I don’t use one since 15 years)

Photography

  • Canon 5D III DSLR
  • 24-70mm f2.8
  • 85mm f1.8
  • Spare camera batteries x2 + charger
  • Memory cards
  • Rocket blower
  • Lens cloth
  • Canon G1X
  • External flash YN568EXII
  • YN-622C E-TTL Wireless Flash Trigger x2
  • Spare flash batteries x2 sets
  • Light tripod

Useful things

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Swiss Knife
  • Carabiner x2
  • Tape
  • Duct tape
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses
  • Daily contact lenses
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothesline
  • Lock
  • Ear plugs
  • Small waterproof bag (for electronics/documents)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Lighter / Matches
  • Elastic bands
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Neapolitan cards :)

Toiletries

  • Nail cutter
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Marseille Soap bars (for shower and clothes)
  • Tissues / toilet paper
  • Cotton swabs

Medicine

  • Mosquito repellant (DEET 50%)
  • Fucibet cream (for treating insect bites)
  • Malaria tablets (Malarone)
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol)
  • Antipyretic (Ibuprofen – Aspirin)
  • Anti-diarrheal (Imodium)
  • Dioralyte (rehydration powder)
  • Azithromycin (antibiotic to treat food poisoning)
  • Motilium (for treating nausea/vomiting)
  • Thermometer
  • Plasters
  • Disinfectant

Admin

  • Passports
  • Credit Cards
  • Health Insurance
  • International Certificate of Vaccination
  • Flight confirmations
  • Driving license
  • Documents photocopies x2

Stationery

  • Books (on tablet)
  • Uganda Bradt guidebook
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Marker

As you can see, I opted for the second and heavier (and better) option for the photography gear. Photos and tiredness will say if it’s been the right decision! :)

 

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