What to Take

  • Versatile footwear for days on the beach and walks in the forest
  • UK or European plug adapter
  • Binoculars for getting a close look at The Gambia's resplendent bird species
  • Torch for unreliable or nonexistent electricity upcountry
  • Rain jacket if visiting during the rainy season

What to Wear

Dress is very casual, though there are a few considerations to keep in mind. In this Islamic country, beach wear is fine for the sands but not appropriate for strolling around town. Women should cover their shoulders and wear dresses (past the knee is best). Men can wear shorts, though you'll get more respect if you wear pants. It's handy to take a slightly dressier outfit if planning to dine in one of Gambia's upscale restaurants.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Visit a travel clinic at home and get your necessary vaccinations; pick up malaria meds.
  • Make advance bookings at sites that fill up well in advance, like overnights at the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project Camp.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Withdraw sufficient currency for this cash-based country.