Senegal in detail
- 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.
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.