What to Pack for a trip to Ghana (Or Any African Country)

I’m so happy to be home from my second trip to Ghana. Ghana is one of my favorite countries to visit and I have figured out the best things for me to pack to make it through my stay in Ghana. Besides the obvious things like clothing, shoes, Malaria pills & travel documents (passport & visa, etc.) these are random items that should be in your suitcase for your next African adventure. Here is my list of things to pack when traveling to Ghana or any African country for that matter.


One of the most obvious items is sunscreen. Yes us black folk need to wear sunscreen. I know our melanin is God’s gift to the world HOWEVER COMMA, please protect yourself by putting on sunscreen every time you leave your hotel, hostel or Air BnB. My sunscreen of choice forever will be Black Girl Sunscreen. This has been my favorite sunscreen for women of color (black women in particular) BGS doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin so you won’t look casket ready. It’s perfect for the water, so no white streaks and it’s not harmful to the environment.

You can find it at target or target.com or you can order from their website.

Chub Rub

I don’t know about you but I have thick thighs and they touch. And in the heat, friction (affectionately known as chub rub) is not fun. More than likely you will be wearing shorts, dresses or skirts to stay cool I packed my Zone Naturals Chub Rub for both of my trips to Ghana and it was a lifesaver. Zone Naturals’ Chub Rub features coconut oil, shea butter & aloe so it allows for your thighs to glide like they need to and avoid friction. It also doesn’t require any reapplying. That is a win.

Get it on Amazon for $12

A fan

African sun & heat is just different. Let’s be honest here. During both trips, I spent a lot of time outside walking around. A LOT!!!! A physical fan that you can use to fan yourself is fine. But if you can get yourself a travel electric fan, you will thank yourself later.

They make handheld electric fans as well as electric fans you can put around your neck so both hands are free.

You can find this one on Amazon for $12

Insect Repellent

This one is a given. In Ghana, there are a lot of outdoor things to do, you do not want to get chewed up while you’re out and about and then you’re stuck scratching yourself to death. If you use spray, make sure to spray your clothing as well.

Find it on Amazon for $10

Outlet Converter

Traveling to Ghana I learned that something as simple as outlets is not the same. If you’re from the US and are traveling with electronics (you know you are.) Our plugs will not fit the outlets. All hotels have UK outlets So you will need an outlet converter. I suggest getting on that is a universal adapter so that you can travel to multiple countries with this one adapter.

This one from Amazon is $12

Wet Ones

Sometimes you may not have access to water or you just want to clean something quickly, Wet Ones will come in handy very quickly.

There you have it, this is my list of things to pack when traveling to Ghana. If you’ve been to Ghana let me know some of your travel essentials. More travel posts are HERE on the blog!

See you on my next adventure.





  1. Aujha Aye
    January 15, 2020 / 9:42 am

    I haven’t made it out of the country just yet so I’m clueless as to what I REALLY need to take with me when I go lol, thank you for sharing this. Sounds like you’re living the life!

  2. Star Lengas
    January 15, 2020 / 10:41 am

    My list looked similar when I visited Togo! Only thing I haven’t tried is the chub rub, I’m heading to Mexico next month so I’ll have to try it out! Also super intrigued by this sunscreen, I’ve seen it everywhere but my holy grails tend to be Korean products.

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