Since I will be staying in Uganda for ten weeks, I am listing a few items that I think travellers or researchers should bring and those I think are better to be purchased locally. The following only applies to visitors who will stay in towns or villages.
– medicine for malaria and traveller’s diarrhea
– soap, because very likely you won’t have a washing machine and will have to do your laundry in a basin by hand.
– flashlight, for there will be no lamp on the road and you need to protect yourself from reckless motorcycle drivers at night
– hand sanitizer. Bring at least one big bottle to put in the bathroom (because the water is often down), and a small bottle to put in your bag. This is very handy, as it can be used to wipe everything.
– tissue. Bring enough!
– hangers for your towels or jackets
– a thin scarf. This is to prevent the dust as you are walking along the road or sitting on a boda boda.
– clippers to secure your laundry on ropes outdoors
– enough personal care items: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, cosmetics, etc. If you are staying in a big city like Kampala, you’ll be fine. But you cannot expect to find a rich selection of personal items in a small town.
To purchase locally:
– insect repellent. The obvious reason is they are not allowed in your luggage! Also, there are a variety of insect repellent here.
– mosquito net. The size of mosquito nets may be different in the US than in Uganda. You can go to big shopping malls or pharmacy to buy one. I bought a treated mosquito net at 270,000 Ush (around 11 USD)
I will keep the list updated.