Uganda packing guide
Ugandans and Rwandans appreciate those who dress modestly. Cotton clothing is the most comfortable during the day. Uganda is warm in the plains but often cold in the hilly and mountainous areas.
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Smart casual for the evenings or day
Dress fairly modestly; females best dressed in knee length or longer skirts (trousers are fine, shorts are frowned on); Males in long trousers although shorts are also acceptable but not often worn by locals.
Light cotton weight fabrics are best
Color of clothing for game viewing should be khaki, green or cream – not white or very bright colors; this doesn’t apply to evening gear!
Warm clothes - fleece or light wool sweater
Moisture wicking undergarments
Lightweight wool socks, must be long to tuck your trousers into
Strong waterproof walking boots (comfortable for going up and down steep hills)
Sandals or thongs to wear after gorilla tracking
Sturdy trousers and gaiters are useful (waterproof leggings for the lower leg)
Torch, fast film, binoculars,
Sunglasses, Sun screen, a sun hat,
Breathable lightweight rain poncho or parka with a rain hat,
Gloves to grip vegetation (inexpensive gardening gloves work well)
Small backpack to carry water and a packed lunch during tracking
It’s best to have layers of clothing as temperatures tend to change. The guides will make you a walking stick if needed and porters are available (at extra cost) if you have a lot of camera equipment to carry.
Drying clothes can be a problem in the mountainous regions so try to take one set of clothes per day as a minimum.
In general staff in the lodges, camps and hotels are male and will not launder female underwear.
VERY IMPORTANT: Specialist equipment needed unless doing a short half or one day climb
Climbing - mountain gloves or mittens / over mitts for climbing; climbing rope; crampons; ice axe; climbing harness; carabineers; slings; day pack/climbing pack; tent; sleeping bag; sleeping mat; waterproof sacks, such as large canoe bags (Ortleib) for packing tent, gear and sleeping bag and clothes.
Clothing - hats for sun/rain; warm hat for high altitude climbing; mountain jacket; rain gear; fleece jacket and sweater; long sleeve trekking shirts; T-shirts; hiking, climbing pants; shorts; light weight long underwear; light pair of gloves for camp. Footwear - camp shoes or sandals, walking shoes (runners) gaiters (a set for low and high altitudes); and mountain boots that can fit crampons for going to summit.
Medical - Malaria prophylaxis; Diamox (helps acclimatisation and reduces risk of edema); non-prescription painkillers (like panadol - avoid aspirin); sleeping pills (for those who find it hard to sleep at altitude); first aid kit; medication; sun screen, about 45 or 60 spf; dark sunglasses