Helpful Info

Helpful Travel






Your trip fee includes round-trip airfare from Rochester, all meals/water, guesthouse accommodations, in-country transportation, entry visa, travel insurance and outreach supplies/programs. Please be aware that it does not cover additional costs such as purchasing minutes to make outgoing calls from Uganda, souvenir shopping, discretionary giving, etc.


The local currency is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX). At the time of writing this document $1 USD was equal to 2,580.00 UGX. For the latest exchange rate in your currency, visit  We will arrange a one-time currency exchange upon arrival in Uganda.   You will need to have your spending money in 50 or 100-dollar bills, 2003 or newer with no tears or markings on the bill.


The amount of spending money you bring is up to you, but for 14 days, you’ll probably find $100-$200 US sufficient. Our team members buy most of their souvenirs from the street boys in Kivulu slum or during our shopping day in Jinja.




Your trip fee includes travel insurance through Talent Trust Consultants, which is a subdivision of Aetna. They have excellent coverage designed specifically for outreach trips.  The policy includes medical coverage, trip interruption, loss or damage to baggage and other personal items, etc.  Details regarding the policy will be emailed to each team member.





We will be drinking mostly bottled water during our trip.  Ugandan Water Project distributes Sawyer PointONE Water Filtration Systems that can also be used by team members to filter water into their own personal bottles. It is NOT necessary to purchase a personal water filter, but if you would like to, look for one that filters particles up to .2 microns or smaller. We recommend Sawyer products.




Women:  Women traveling to Uganda will want to wear long opaque skirts, capris, pants, or shorts that are knee length or longer.  Ugandans typically dress conservatively and the local women tend to wear skirts.  Please, no form-fitting or low-cut t-shirts. Avoid shirts with slogans or offensive images since words can take on different meaning in other cultures.  Please make sure tank top straps are at least 1 inch or wider with no visible bra straps. During personal time we ask that all dress remain modest.


Men: Men traveling to Uganda will want to wear pants/jeans or shorts that are knee length or longer.   Avoid shirts with slogans or offensive images since words can take on different meaning in other cultures.  Please, no camouflage clothing. During personal time we ask that all dress remain modest.


Shoes:  Comfortable and sturdy shoes are a must as you will be doing a lot of walking! Closed-toed shoes with quality soles will ensure that your feet are protected.  Flip flops are OK only at the guesthouse.


Jewelry:  Please keep jewelry conservative.  It is fine to wear a simple wedding band; however it is recommended for security purposes to leave the bling behind.




Pack lightly – you will use less than you think!!!  You will be able to hand wash clothes at the guesthouse for multiple wears.  Be prepared for variances in temperature and humidity.



  • Pants/Jeans/capris – preferred for bug protection
  • Shorts – knee length or longer
  • Skirts – knee length or longer, opaque (not see through)
  • Shirts – no slogans or offensive images, no low cut, not

form fitting

  • Tank tops – 1 inch strap or wider, no spaghetti straps, no

visible bra straps

  • One dress casual outfit – collared shirt and khakis for men,

skirt/dress and blouse for women

  • Warm pajamas or appropriate sleepwear (evenings can

be cool)

  • Undergarments
  • Shoes – sturdy, comfortable, closed-toe
  • Flip flops for guesthouse
  • Socks
  • Hat – for sun protection or a bad hair day
  • Lightweight sweater, jacket or sweatshirt



Personal Care:

  • Bug repellant – at least 29% Deet or Sawyer Brand time-released formula (available at Passport Health)
  • Permetherin based clothing spray (Wal-Mart camping department) – spray your clothes and let them dry BEFORE you pack them.
  • Hand sanitizer – 2 or 3 travel size bottles
  • Sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher and water-resistant
  • Lip Balm
  • Deodorant – please!!!
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razor and Shaving Cream
  • Small pack of tissues
  • Wet wipes or baby wipes – several packs
  • Feminine care products
  • Roll of toilet paper in plastic bag (there is NO toilet paper in village latrines)
  • Washcloth
  • Handkerchief or bandana
  • Eyeglasses or contacts/solution
  • Sleeping Aids – ear plugs, blindfold, drugs (especially for air travel)



  • Prescriptions – pack in carry-on bag in original containers
  • Malaria Medication – pack in carry-on bag
  • Cipro or Xifaxin – pack in carry-on bag
  • OTC Medications/vitamins – pack in carry-on bag


Travel Gear:

  • Electricity power converter (110 to 220) only if needed
  • Plug adaptor for electronics
  • Money Belt – to be worn under clothes
  • TSA-approved luggage lock
  • Camera – with extra batteries. memory cards, charger

(don’t skimp on the batteries and memory cards – you will take more photos than you think!)

  • Cell Phone and charger – for clock and alarm
  • Headlamp – for power outages
  • Small travel alarm clock (unless you use your cell phone)
  • Short clothesline with 10-12 clothes pins
  • Trial size detergent
  • Sunglasses
  • Small umbrella – for sun/rain protection and privacy shield
  • Travel pillow


  • Journal and pens
  • Photos from home to share with local people
  • Snacks – Energy bars, trail mix, etc.

(sometimes meals are late or not appealing)

  • Powdered Gatorade – 2 boxes of packets
  • Gum or candy
  • Laundry bag or garbage bag for dirty clothes
  • Re-sealable plastic bags – various sizes for

items that are soiled, smelly, etc.

  • Cash, bank card (optional)










Opportunity Fund:  While in Uganda, specific needs are identified within communities that we visit.  Having cash donations specifically designated for this type of spending are the most helpful as they provide immediate answers to needs in a relational way.  Also, being able to purchase resources directly in country helps to strengthen the Ugandan economy. Here are some examples of how monetary donations have been used: Teacher curriculum, providing mattresses/food in a home for street boys, transportation to clinics to receive health/dental care, MakaPads (sanitary pads), agricultural projects for communities, start up funds for small businesses and school tuition/fees.


Monetary donations can be made by check (made out to UWP) and sent to the address below. Please indicate in the memo: Opportunity Fund.


Ugandan Water Project

2648 Rabbit Run

Bloomfield, NY 14469



Volunteer Night:  We will have a volunteer supply packing night approximately10-14 days prior to the trip and donations will need to be in by this time.  This is a practical way for your friends/family to get involved.

Donations for local children:Large quantities of one item are preferable than buying a little bit of everything on the list.  New donations are preferred.

  • Pencils, crayons, washable finger paint
  • Temporary tattoos and stickers – kid friendly images
  • Balloons, bubbles, glow sticks
    • Soccer balls (size 5), ball pumps (please avoid squeeze pumps), extra needles
  • Whistles and field cones for soccer games
  • Frisbees

General Donations

  • Toothbrushes, floss, trial size toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Guitar strings and picks
  • Hand tools – saws, hammers, 2 ft levels, tape measure, work gloves, etc


First-Aid Donations

  • Band aids, gauze pads (all sizes), rolled gauze, medical tape, non-latex gloves, Q-tips
  • Large tubes of Triple antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, anti-fungal cream
  • Large bottles of peroxide, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, antihistamine, and children’s versions of all meds listed
  • Thermometers (with covers), irrigation bottles, ace bandages, hand sanitizer, non-digital scales
  • Storage bags (gallon, quart)