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suggested packing list

PACKING LIST FOR CYCLING TOURS
Here are some Cycling packing tips to take the stress out of packing;
For Starters
Ghana is generally hot and sunny all year round even when it is raining, so you want to pack light clothes that will keep you cool. We have a sunny, tropical climate modified by changes in altitude and time of year. Days on biking are generally hot and call for shorts and t-shirt. In the mornings and evenings, long-sleeved shirts and pants are better and will also protect you from mosquitoes. However, riding can be chilly early morning, although by 10am it has usually warmed up. For those sensitive to the sun, a loose cotton shirt is a good bet during the day, as is sunscreen. For colder mornings, layering clothing helps keep you warm and is a convenient way to ensure you’re wearing what you need as the day heats up.
Bring Essentials In Your Carry-On
Things can happen with airlines and luggage so on your international flight I advise bringing a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage in case your bags get delayed/lost during travel. If you are coming for hiking/trekking tour, bring your hiking boots on the plane with you! You can pretty much climb or hike without anything else, but you are going to want your broken in, comfortable, perfect-for-your-feet hiking boots with you
Biking Packing Tip: Travel light: as a sequel to the note on the weather condition in Ghana, when making your trip, please remember that it is important to travel light. Per your tour itinerary, you may be travelling by vehicles or flying in small aircraft from one city to another. Therefore, it is important to take only what you need. It is also important to use soft-sided luggage (i.e. a duffle bag) as it makes it easier to pack the vehicle or the plane. You will also want a personal bag to hold things like your camera and other personal items. A small backpack or camera bag is perfect.
Summary on what to Take:
• Sun block, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, lip balm with an SPF of at least 15
• Blouses/ shirts with long sleeves (even in our warm weather, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
• Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
• T-shirts; shorts or a light skirt; cotton pants or trousers for evenings and cooler days
• Sandals or rubber thongs (for showers and boats, not for general use in the bush as you’re going to want to protect your feet from poisonous snakes, thorns and rocky terrain.
• Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
• Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the rainy season which is normally between June and July and October and November
• Swimsuit, as most hotels and lodges have swimming pools in Ghana
• Binoculars and a camera are a must
We would also want to recommend;
• Cell phone
• Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, etc
• Batteries for small electronics and cameras
• Flashlight
• First aid kit
• Personal toiletries
• Tissues or Baby wipes(for when the dust gets up your nose on a game drive)
• Insect repellent and malaria tablets, especially when you are taking boat rides, canoe safaris or hiking in the bush
Don’t Forget the following too;
• Debit and ATM cards – check to see if your bank has international ATM locations to avoid high fees, and let your bank know you’ll be travelling abroad before you leave
• Contact information
• International Driver’s license if you are doing a self drive tour
• Health-insurance card
• Local guidebooks bird and animal guidebooks, maps (Which M & J Travel and Tours will provide you with copies), translation dictionary, etc
• Passport and photocopies of passport
• Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss
• Printouts of reservations
• Travel journal
• Yellow Fever Inoculation- You need to have a yellow fever inoculation (no less than 10 days prior to travel) and will need to have a certificate/card as proof when entering the country.
Cycling Clothes
• Helmet (proper size & fit) + optional Visor
• Cycling Jersey or Synthetic T-Shirt (2-3)
• Cycling Shorts (1-2 — maybe 3 for long tours)
• Cycling / Synthetic Underwear [Boxer/Briefs + Sports Bras] (2-3)
• Cycling Gloves (1 pr. / 2 pair if on long tour)
• Cycling Socks (water proof if possible ; 2-3 pr)
• Clipless Cycling Shoes (or trail/running shoes if using toe-clips)
Rainy Weather Cycling Clothes (in nylon stuff sack)
• Long-Sleeve Jersey / Light-Mid Synthetic Zip Shirt (1)
• Cycling Long-Tights / Insulated Wind pants (1)
• Rain Jacket + Pants (1 set — waterproof nylon / Gore-Tex )
• Synthetic Helmet Liner / Sweat Bands / Bandana (1)
• Helmet Liner / Skull Cap / Fleece or Wool Hat (1)
• Waterproof Socks
• Waterproof Rain Booties / Gaiters (1 pr.)
• Helmet Cover (1)
Food Bag (in zip-lock bags inside nylon stuff sack)
• 50′ Nylon Cord (for hanging food; carabineer attached small sack)
• Meals + Snacks (Protein bars)
• Sports / Energy Drink Mixes (i.e. Gatorade powder)
Personal Items (usually wearing and/or in handlebar bag)
• Watch (+ alarm; altimeter; barometer; compass)
• Sunglasses (+ case; extra lenses; neck strap; cleaning cloth)
• Contact Lenses (+ lens case; lens solution)
• Eyeglasses (+ case)
• Sunscreen (SPF 30+; sweat proof; spray is more convenient)
• Insect Repellent (25% DEET or alternative)
• Lip Balm
Gadgets + Travel Items (in handlebar bag)
• Cell Phone + Charger
• LED Headlamp + Batteries
• Digital Camera; Memory Cards; Charger; Case (+ accessories)
• Extra Battery; Card Reader; Mini Tripod; Screen Shield; Lens
• iPod / mp3 Player (Radio; Recorder + Earphones; Charger)
• GPS (+ charger / batteries / bar mount — i.e. Garmin; Magellan )
• USB Flash Drive (for photos; maps; bookmarks; contacts)
• USB mini cable (for uploading photos, etc.)
• PDA / Pocket-Mail Device (becoming obsolete)
• Laptop Computer (+ carry case; charger; accessories, etc.)
• NOAA Weather Radio (handy for long/remote tours)
• 2-Way Radio (i.e. Motorola; handy for group / SAG tours)
• Maps
• Guidebook (in zip-lock; M & J will provide you with one/two)
• Pen (2) + Sharpie (black marker) + Highlighter (for marking maps)
• Journal (small notebook—or voice recording device)
• Reading Book / Magazine
• Small Padlock (for lockers—if using)
• Binoculars
• Cassette / Freewheel Removal Tool
• Basic Knowledge of Bike Repair (or manual / downloaded info)
First-Aid / Other Toiletries (in pouch or zip-lock)
• Band-Aids (assorted sizes & shapes)
• First-Aid Ointment (i.e. Neosporin )
• Adhesive First-Aid Tape
• Moleskin / Blister Bandages
• Alcohol Wipes
• Cotton Swabs
• Compress / Gauze Pads (med / large size)
• Ibuprophen (i.e. Advil ) / Aspirin (i.e. Bayer )
• Anti-Chafing Balm (i.e. Vaseline —for saddle sores)
• Anti-Itch Cream (i.e. Hydrocortisone)
• Muscle Relief Cream (i.e. Icy-Hot, Sports Cream )
• Foot Powder (i.e. Gold Bond )
• Anti-Diarrhoeal Tabs (i.e. Imodium AD )
• Antihistamine Tablets (i.e. Benadryl )
• Zinc Tablets (i.e. Airborne )—cold prevention
• Sports Injury Cloth Bandage
• Neoprene Knee / Ankle Wrap
Survival Items (in pouch or zip-lock)
• Lighter (butane / disposable) + Storm Matches
• Compass (on handlebar / watch / hand)
• Whistle
• Emergency Space Blanket
• Personal Locator Beacon

NB: Ghana has a warm receiving people and the experience will be worth repeating. So don’tforget that you will be in a safe and beautiful country with friendly people and cultures!

PACKING LIST FOR SAFARI TOURS
Here are some safari packing tips to take the stress out of packing;
For Starters
Ghana is generally hot and sunny all year round even when it is raining, so you want to pack light clothes that will keep you cool. We have a sunny, tropical climate modified by changes in altitude and time of year. Days on safari are generally hot and call for shorts and t-shirt. In the mornings and evenings, long-sleeved shirts and pants are better and will also protect you from mosquitoes. However, riding in a safari vehicle can be chilly early morning, although by 10am it has usually warmed up. For those sensitive to the sun, a loose cotton shirt is a good bet during the day, as is sunscreen. For colder mornings, layering clothing helps keep you warm and is a convenient way to ensure you’re wearing what you need as the day heats up.
Bring Essentials In Your Carry-On
Things can happen with airlines and luggage so on your international flight I advise bringing a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage in case your bags get delayed/lost during travel. If you are coming for hiking/trekking tour, bring your hiking boots on the plane with you! You can pretty much climb or hike without anything else, but you are going to want your broken in, comfortable, perfect-for-your-feet hiking boots with you
Safari Packing Tip: Travel light: as a sequel to the note on the weather condition in Ghana, when making your safari trip, please remember that it is important to travel light. Per your tour itinerary, you may be travelling by safari vehicles or flying in small aircraft from one city to another. Therefore, it is important to take only what you need. It is also important to use soft-sided luggage (i.e. a duffle bag) as it makes it easier to pack the vehicle or the plane. You will also want a personal bag to hold things like your camera and other personal items. A small backpack or camera bag is perfect.
Safari Packing Tip: Layering
Lightweight clothing is best and layering is the way to go with a warmer fleece for the evenings. Comfortable, casual, cotton or nylon clothing is recommended for your travels in Ghana as the organic material allows your skin to breathe. Trousers or long skirts are recommended after dark to help protect against mosquitoes. Another great safari packing tip is to avoid bright colours. Avoid white, blues and reds, while brown, beige and tan colours are best. Add a bandana to your safari trip packing list because they are good to carry along with a sun hat. Also, a couple of baby wipes in your bag are nice to get the dust off of you from being in the bush.

Summary on what to Take:
• Sun block, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, lip balm with an SPF of at least 15
• Blouses/ shirts with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
• Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours
• T-shirts; shorts or a light skirt; cotton pants or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
• Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer)
• Sandals or rubber thongs (for showers and boats, not for general use in the bush as you’re going to want to protect your feet from poisonous snakes, thorns and rocky terrain.
• Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
• Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
• Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer
• Swimsuit, as most hotels and lodges have swimming pools in Ghana
• Binoculars and a camera are a must
We would also want to recommend;
• Cell phone
• Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, etc
• Batteries for small electronics and cameras
• Flashlight
• First aid kit
• Personal toiletries
• Tissues or Baby wipes(for when the dust gets up your nose on a game drive)
• Insect repellent and malaria tablets, especially when you are taking boat rides, canoe safaris or hiking in the bush
Don’t Forget the following too;
• Debit and ATM cards – check to see if your bank has international ATM locations to avoid high fees, and let your bank know you’ll be travelling abroad before you leave
• Contact information
• International Driver’s license if you are doing a self drive tour
• Health-insurance card
• Local guidebooks, bird and animal guidebooks, maps, translation dictionary, etc
• Passport and photocopies of passport
• Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss
• Printouts of reservations
• Travel journal
• Yellow Fever Inoculation- You need to have a yellow fever inoculation (no less than 10 days prior to travel) and will need to have a certificate/card as proof when entering the country.
• NB: Ghana has a warm receiving people and the experience will worth repeating. So don’tforget that you will be in a safe and beautiful country with friendly people and cultures

GENERAL PACKING LIST FOR HIKING AND WALKING TOURS
Here are some safari packing tips to take the stress out of packing;
For Starters
Ghana is generally hot and sunny all year round even when it is raining, so you want to pack light clothes that will keep you cool. We have a sunny, tropical climate modified by changes in altitude and time of year. Days on safari are generally hot and call for shorts and t-shirt. In the mornings and evenings, long-sleeved shirts and pants are better and will also protect you from mosquitoes. However, riding in a safari vehicle can be chilly early morning, although by 10am it has usually warmed up. For those sensitive to the sun, a loose cotton shirt is a good bet during the day, as is sunscreen. For colder mornings, layering clothing helps keep you warm and is a convenient way to ensure you’re wearing what you need as the day heats up.
Bring Essentials In Your Carry-On
Things can happen with airlines and luggage so on your international flight I advise bringing a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage in case your bags get delayed/lost during travel. If you are coming for hiking/trekking tour, bring your hiking boots on the plane with you! You can pretty much climb or hike without anything else, but you are going to want your broken in, comfortable, perfect-for-your-feet hiking boots with you
Hiking Packing Tip: Travel light: as a sequel to the note on the weather condition in Ghana, when making your hiking trip, please remember that it is important to travel light. You will also want a personal bag to hold things like your camera and other personal items. A small backpack or camera bag is perfect.
Hiking Packing Tip: Layering
Lightweight clothing is best and layering is the way to go with a warmer fleece for the evenings. Comfortable, casual or cotton clothing is recommended for your travels in Ghana as the organic material allows your skin to breathe. Trousers or long skirts are recommended after dark to help protect against mosquitoes. Another great hiking packing tip is to avoid bright colours. Avoid white, blues and reds, while brown, beige and tan colours are best. Add a bandana to your hiking trip packing list because they are good to carry along with a sun hat. Also, a couple of baby wipes in your bag are nice to get the dust off of you from being in the bush.
Summary on what to Take:
• Sun block, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, lip balm with an SPF of at least 15
• Blouses/ shirts with long sleeves (even in our warm weather, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
• Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours if you are coming for adventure on Safari
• T-shirts; shorts or a light skirt; cotton pants or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
• Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer)
• Sandals or rubber thongs (for showers and boats, not for general use in the bush as you’re going to want to protect your feet from poisonous snakes, thorns and rocky terrain.
• Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
• Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
• Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the rainy season which is normally between June and July and October and November
• Swimsuit, as most hotels and lodges have swimming pools in Ghana
• Binoculars and a camera are a must

We would also want to recommend;
• Cell phone
• Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, etc
• Batteries for small electronics and cameras
• Flashlight
• First aid kit
• Personal toiletries
• Tissues or Baby wipes(for when the dust gets up your nose on a game drive)
• Insect repellent and malaria tablets, especially when you are taking boat rides, canoe safaris or hiking in the bush
Don’t Forget the following too;
• Debit and ATM cards – check to see if your bank has international ATM locations to avoid high fees, and let your bank know you’ll be travelling abroad before you leave
• Contact information
• International Driver’s license if you are doing a self drive tour
• Health-insurance card
• Local guidebooks, bird and animal guidebooks, maps, translation dictionary, etc
• Passport and photocopies of passport
• Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss
• Printouts of reservations
• Travel journal
• Yellow Fever Inoculation- You need to have a yellow fever inoculation (no less than 10 days prior to travel) and will need to have a certificate/card as proof when entering the country.
First-Aid / Other Toiletries (in pouch or zip-lock)
• Band-Aids (assorted sizes & shapes)
• First-Aid Ointment (i.e. Neosporin )
• Adhesive First-Aid Tape
• Moleskin / Blister Bandages
• Alcohol Wipes
• Cotton Swabs
• Compress / Gauze Pads (med / large size)
• Ibuprophen (i.e. Advil ) / Aspirin (i.e. Bayer )
• Anti-Chafing Balm (i.e. Vaseline —for saddle sores)
• Anti-Itch Cream (i.e. Hydrocortisone)
• Muscle Relief Cream (i.e. Icy-Hot, Sports Cream )
• Foot Powder (i.e. Gold Bond )
• Anti-Diarrheal Tabs (i.e. Imodium AD )
• Antihistamine Tablets (i.e. Benadryl )
• Zinc Tablets (i.e. Airborne )—cold prevention

NB: Ghana has a warm receiving people and the experience will be worth repeating. So don’tforget that you will be in a safe and beautiful country with friendly people and cultures