What to Take

  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Zip-lock plastic bags to protect your things from dust
  • European-style electrical adaptor
  • Photocopies of passport and visa
  • Light sleeping bag or sleeping sheet if camping in the desert

What to Wear

Despite the heat, most men in Nouakchott don’t wear shorts (and women never do). You won’t draw unwanted attention to yourself if you do, only, you’ll likely be more easily identified as a tourist. Loose, lightweight, comfortable clothing is the rule wherever you travel in Mauritania. In conservative areas in the desert, women especially should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Get crisp new bills to exchange for Mauritanian Ouguiyas.
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance