CHI Summer Abroad Suggested Packing List
Carry everything on the plane you will need for the first 48 hours, in case of loss/delay of luggage.
- Leave ALL valuables at home: jewelry, expensive watches, electronics, etc.
- Minimize disposable items you bring (i.e. boxes, plastic wrap, etc.)
- Less is better. You can probably get by with a lot less than you think.
- Lay out all items well ahead of time. Avoid last minute packing! You will want to know how much space and weight allowance you have for donations.
No need to bring sheets or blankets, they will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a towel and pillow.
- Passport (and a copy carried separately)
- Spending money during the trip, approximately $100 - $200 USD for souvenirs and an additional $100 for snacks and other items not included in the program fee. Bring bills 2006 or newer
- Bring cash, ATM card (ATMs available at the airport, in Nairobi, and near our accommodations) and/or credit cards (make sure to let your bank know you will be out of the country)
- Photo copy of passport front page and your credit cards along with phone and fax numbers to report if stolen (carry separate from passport and credit cards)
- Notebook/journal, pen/pencil
- Camera with charger and photo transfer cable (optional)
- One or two UK (3-prong) adapter plugs
- Voltage converter (240 to 120V) if you have any chargeable devices that need 120 volts
- Flashlight with batteries
- Toiletries: shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.; think small and about the minimum
- Medications including anti-malaria prescription (make sure to carry on the plane with you)
- Mosquito repellent containing DEET (Cutter, Advanced) and bite relief lotion (Calamine, Benadryl)
- Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
- Wide-brim hat
- Travel-size Kleenex (useful as toilet paper backup when none is available)
- Anti-bacterial wipes (small packets for carrying) and antibacterial hand gel (small bottle for carrying and large bottle for refills, you can leave remainder behind)
- Waist/fanny pack and/or backpack to carry items for day trips outside of the accommodations
- Lightweight binoculars
Note: The average daytime temperature for Nairobi is 69° to 76°F and the average night temp is 53°F. Elevation is 5,450 ft. Plan to layer clothes—even at night since there’s no heat in the accommodations. Public laundry service is not available. Your clothing should be hand-washable and require little care.
- Sweat pants, light sweat shirt and socks for sleeping at night.
- 1-piece swimsuit or tankini (no bikinis)
- Casual dining outfit
- Comfortable clothes in layers for touring (Masai Mara is typically much warmer than Nairobi)
- 4-6 cotton T-shirts
- 3-4 long-sleeved cotton shirts (cotton blends are best) or flannel shirts
- 3-4 comfortable and loose-fitting trousers; avoid tight-fitting jeans
- 1-3 pair walking shorts; long cut for modesty
- 5-10 changes of underwear
- 5-10 pairs of socks
- Lightweight jacket
- 2-3 sweatshirts or sweaters
- 1 pair of hiking boots or strong athletic shoes
- Sport sandals or other walking shoes
Donations for CHI Academy
- Art supplies (crayons, color pencils, coloring books, craft materials, etc.)
- Musical instruments
- Medical supplies
- School supplies (pencils, erasers, rulers, etc.)
- Toys (i.e. toy cars, dolls, games, etc.)
- Children’s books
- Candy for children (i.e. Snickers, Kit-Kat, etc.)
- Ear plugs for the airplane
- Ziploc bags for leaky items
- English - Swahili dictionary
- Swiss Army-type pocket knife (put in your checked luggage!)
- Favorite snacks, (especially protein bars or nuts), and especially if you have strong food preferences