There are some essentials that are always useful to have in your bag when travelling in Uganda.
- head lamp will save you every time there will be electricity cut, and believe us, it will be!
- solar charger for gadgets and cameras is perfect saviour when hiking in remote areas and of course, again every time there is power cut.
- Deet mosquito repellant
- hand sanitizers or disinfection spray
- Sun cream with high protection factor
- UV protective cap
- all copies of your travel documents, including travel insurance policy, passport, visa,
UK socket converter. The plug type used there is Plug G (British, three-pin plug). Electric power is 220V – 240V, 50 cycles.
For women: better to carry enough of tampons and sanitary pads with you since they are not either available everywhere either are very expensive.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate. Sometimes tourists can be asked to show it at the border or at the airport.
Sleeping bag. If you are traveling as a backpacker, sleeping bag is always a must.
Waterproof jacket. For chilly mornings, rainy days and mountain areas.
Guide books, map etc.
Credit/bank card and some cash as well.
Mosquito net. Good to have, but you can always buy it there.
Toilet paper. If you are not planning to travel luxuriously, than it may happen that hotel and restaurants where you will stay will not offer toilet paper on the toilets.
Travel towel. Small, light, quckly drying – this microfiber towel is perfect for travelig practically anywhere!
Scarf. Especially for women, useful in many different ways.
Eat Like A Local – Must Try Foods and Drinks
Ugandan cuisine is not very diverse, but considering the fact that is influenced by Arab, English and Indian characteristics of food, it can be a challenge for every traveller. Fruits, plantains and other vegetables are very widespread all over the country, meat is also used in cuisine, but much less consumed in rural areas. Beans, groundnuts sauce, stew, meat or fish are usually combined with posho, matooke or sweet potato.
Chapati – Indian flatbread, often filled with eggs, onions, tomatoes, cabbage and therefore called rolex.
Matooke – boiled or cooked mashed plantain or green banana.
Posho (ugali) – usually made from maize flour.
Samosa – fried pastry, filled with vegetables and/or meat (originally from India).
Porridge – usually made from millet. Very common breakfast among children in rural areas.
Malewa – dish, made from bamboo shoots, can be found in Eastern part of Uganda
Luwombo – a very traditional Ugandan dish, consisted of any type of meat, steamed in banana leaves.
Nswaa – fried white ants are quite popular snack
Waragi – very strong homemade gin