What to Take

  • Mosquito repellent (and possibly permethrin-treated clothing)
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rain jacket and waterproof shoes if traveling in the rainy season (June to October)
  • Torch (flashlight) for power outages and lodging without electricity
  • French (or Wolof) phrasebook
  • European electrical adaptor
  • Some euros for exchanging

What to Wear

  • Bring a jacket or jumper for cool nights and ocean breezes on the coast.
  • If planning to take advantage of Dakar's nightlife, pack at least one dressy outfit (hiking boots, a T-shirt and zip-off pants won't cut it).
  • Swimwear is fine for the beach, but it's considered disrespectful to walk around wearing minimal clothing off the sands.
  • Women should have clothes (or scarf) to keep the shoulders covered and skirts (preferably past the knee).
  • Men should avoid sleeveless tops. Knee-length shorts are fine, but you'll get more respect if you wear pants.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Visit a travel clinic for vaccinations and a prescription for anti-malarials.
  • Brush up on your French (or learn some through free online courses).
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Inform your credit card companies and banks of upcoming travel to Senegal.
  • Photocopy/scann essential documents (especially your passport) and email them to yourself and a friend.