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If you are staying in Gambia for just a couple of weeks along the beach hotel resorts of Kololi, Kotu, Bijilo, Brufut etc. then there are a few suggested travel accessories, medications and items not to forget to pack before you board your flight to Banjul. Not everyone's packing list will be the same, as it depends on how long you are staying and where you are staying. If you run out, or forget anything, most of the items below can be purchased locally.

  Travel Accessories & Holiday Supplies:
Anti-deep vein thrombosis flight socks

Bodycare and hygiene products, especially baby powder for heat rash

Boots for bush treks and safaris and denims or thick trousers

Combination luggage padlocks

Contact lens solution


Cover-ups / sarong


Electronic gadgets

Finance: credit / debit cards, traveler's cheques & money

Flashlight (compact)

Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes

Hat with broad brim

Insect and mosquito repellent

Lip balm

Lightweight woollen jumper / jacket (December to February)

Medications: Analgesic painkillers, anti-inflammatory tablets, antihistamine for insect bites & stings, travelers' diarrhea treatment, prescriptions, metoclopramide or prochlorperazine for vomiting & nausea.

Neck wallet, waist bag or money belt

Needles and thread

Phone book with essential numbers in case of loss of mobile phone

Photo ID / Drivers' license

Plastic bags for waterproofing, dust covering & dirty clothes

Power adapter and/or converter

Short sleeve shirts, shorts, swimwear

Slippers / flip flops

Small backpack or cloth bag

Small first aid kit

Smartphone with camera

Some sunblock clothing for the beach

Surge protector socket strip

Waterproof sunscreen lotion or spray with minimum spf 30

Women's sanitary products

Travel documents: air ticket, passport, boarding pass

Travel insurance policy papers

UV sunglasses

Wear bulky jackets & other clothing when going to your departure airport.

Download the printer friendly Packing List (Click Here).

If you are planning to live in The Gambia over the long-term in a remote lodge or are heading up-country or are staying with a local family, then there are additional things to consider putting in your suitcase, which includes much of the above as well as few more items below:

Antifungal powder or cream for fungal skin infections & thrush
Antiseptics and disinfectants
Antispasmodic medicines to treat stomach cramps
Bath towel and washcloth
Bed sheets (at least 4)
Cold and flu tablets, nasal decongestant & throat lozenges
Collapsible hand fan using rechargeable batteries
Digital body thermometer
Disposable syringes in sterile packs
Extra underwear
Multi-use bar of soap for laundry & bathing
Nalgene bottles
Oral rehydration therapy
Pillow covers (at least 2)
Portable mosquito net
Raincoat if your stay is anytime between June to November
Rechargeable lantern / torch (windup or solar), solar battery charger
Scissors & tweezers (pack in suitcase)
Small umbrella
Small shortwave radio & personal music player
Spare mobile phone with solar charger
Tablet with internet connection via mobile phone companies
Tissue paper in small packs
You own eating and drinking utensils (cup, cutlery, plastic plate)
Water sterilization tablets, compact water filter
Wrinkle and dirt resistant clothing

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Note carefully:
Always seek the advice of your medical doctor before deciding to take or not to take any medications or health precautions. The above information does not and is not intended to replace or substitute the advice and / or recommendation from your doctor or other authorised medical practitioner.


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