Packing List

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

Personal Items

  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Wide-brim hat
  • Washcloth
  • 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
  • Bandannas

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

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