Packing List

What to pack

Below is a helpful guide of what to pack. 


Most travelers pack too much clothing. Take only what you expect to wear. Bring sturdy clothes that stand up to multiple washings. Public laundry service is usually not available, but CHI will offer laundry service for a fee. Your clothing should be hand-washable and require little care.

  • Walking shoes
  • Flip-flops or shower shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Skirt/trousers
  • Shirts
  • Sweater/sweatshirt
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Light jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Hat
  • T-shirts (cotton)

Please take into consideration clothing that is appropriate and respectful of the local culture. More information will be give at orientation/parent night.

Medicine and toiletries

If you choose to put any of the items below in your carry-on luggage, all liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. All such items must also be placed into a single quart-sized, clear, zip-lock plastic bag.

  • Prescription medicine: clearly marked with patient name, physician name, drug name, dosage, and written physician prescription explaining the condition and use (NOTE: this may be required in order to bring these medications through customs and into the country)
  • Over-the-counter unopened medication (i.e., any medications that you take on a regular basis or that are especially effective for you). Although some of these medicaitons may be available in Kenya, it is probably called something different and may be difficult to identify at your time of need - or not available at all
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Sunscreen, moisturizers, cosmetics, bug repellent
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Razor
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and cleaning solution
  • Hand sanitizer


Please not that you should declare expensive items that you will take with you before leaving the United States so that you are not charged duty on them when you return. If you are taking imported articles such as cameras, binoculars, watches, laptops, etc., register these foreign-made articles with Customs (before leaving the U.S.) to avoid extra duty charges upon re-entry.

  • Camera and extra memory cards
  • MP3 player
  • Travel journal (will be provided by CHI)
  • Day pack
  • Stuff bags, plastic storage bags
  • TSA-approved luggage lock
  • Luggage tags for each of your bags
  • Extra batteries
  • Water bottle (make sure it is empty before going through airport security)
  • Adapter and voltage converter
  • Binoculars
  • Extra set of passport photos of yourself

Documents, etc.

These documents should be carried with you (not in your luggage):
  • Passport
  • Visa paperwork
  • Airline tickets 
  • ISIC card
  • Cash, credit cards, ATM card

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