"Maleria is a serious illness!!" The Gambia Packing List Tip by breezywestyorkshire

The Gambia What to Pack: 18 reviews and 11 photos

Luggage and bags: There are plenty of porters at Banjul airport they will get you through Customs as quick as possible for a tip of 1 per case well worth it! Cases are ex-rayed by customs which is not really a issue for most people, but for us we usually carrying items such as learning aids for schools, which quite often means we have CD players, old mobiles phones etc, running the gaultlet each time we visit as they expect to collect duty on already high taxed goods that we have bought or had donated in the UK so it's haggle, barter or just plead or you may lose an item or two.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: November, December is humid so light clothing, light wieght jacket for evening time. Good comfortable trainers/sandals. Beware if you go off the beaten track as shoes get ruined with the sand. Beware on the beach the sand can be very hot, on my last visit it melted the glue on my new sandals!!

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A good medicine kit is essential, take pills for headache and bad stomachs as you never know when these things can hit you, usually when the pharmacy is closed you can bet. blister plasters are a great invention as they don't fall of until the blister healed. Anti malaria tablets, some have side effects some don't. Malarone although expensive have the least side effects ask your doctor they will advise the best ones for you, once you got your prescription Shop around for the best deal as your local chemist can be double the price of the larger supermarket chemist!!!

Photo Equipment: I wouldn't take expensive equipment

Miscellaneous: The locals appreciate anything at all, if you leaving your toiletries do try to leave a note saying what you have left, and to whom they are for most hotel are staff are stopped by hotel security this saves any hassle for the person you have gifted them too. Pick pockets and theft is world wide issue The Gambia is no exception especially in the crowded places, don't flash the cash try to keep small amounts of money in different pockets simply don't put temptation there in the first place!!

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  • Written Oct 14, 2011
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