Kit list

Here's a list of useful items to bring with you to Madagascar.

First Aid Kit

  • Puritabs for water on journeys
  • Iodine for cuts
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters
  • Immodium
  • Paracetamol
  • Lemsip/strepsils
  • Antihistamine Cream for bites

Useful things

  • Some spare passport photos
  • Bradt Guide book
  • Jungle formula mosquito repellents
  • Travel mosquito net (for a double bed)
  • Unlocked phone for a Malagasy SIM (although you can buy them very cheaply in Madagascar). Malagasy SIM cards will be far cheaper than roaming on UK network
  • European power adaptor with 2 pins
  • Camera and spare memory cards
  • USB key
  • Waterproof bag for camera
  • Waterproof cover for backpack (if traveling)
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella (on East Coast/in rainy season, but can buy them out there)
  • Travel towel (small ones are provided in your placement)
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight for weekend use)
  • Penknife
  • Safety pins
  • Nail scissors and file, tweezers
  • Sewing kit, string
  • Alarm clock
  • MP3 player and speakers
  • Short Wave radio if you like BBC news
  • Torch or head-torch, with batteries (which are expensive in Mada)
  • Two wallets. (One for your daily needs with £2 in it, while the rest of your cash is in another wallet put safely in your lodgings, together with your traveller's cheques.)

Food and drink

  • Basic recipe book
  • English Teabags (amazing if you’re feeling homesick!)
  • Instant Coffee and/or hot chocolate sachets
  • Milk powder (fresh milk can be hard to get)
  • Marmite (if you like it!)
  • Some Cup-o-soup sachets (for soup /sauces/ or as dip for dry bread)
  • Metal thermos

Toiletries

You can buy most toiletries including shampoo, toothpaste and sanitary wear in Tana for similar prices in the UK.

  • Lip balm
  • Dental floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash
  • Shower gel (if you want - soap is given to you in your starter packs)
  • Shampoo
  • Sun cream
  • Moisturizer/after-sun
  • Wet wipes/waterless soap for traveling
  • Spare roll of loo paper, tampons

Clothes

In the classroom and when traveling on taxi brousse (public transport) you should look respectable. It's OK to wear trousers, loose jeans, long shorts, a dress or skirt, and shirts or T-shirts, but not singlets or shorts.

  • A long sleeved shirt, short-sleeved shirt, and T-shirts.
  • 1 jumper or hoody
  • 2 x strappy tops (girls)
  • Shawl (girls)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3⁄4 length light weight trousers
  • Lightweight trousers and a pair of jeans.
  • Linen trousers
  • Long-ish skirt if planning to go to church (girl)
  • Underwear (the more you bring, the less washing you have to do )
  • Swimwear
  • Light waterproof jackets

Footwear

  • 7 pairs of cotton socks
  • Trainers
  • Comfortable leather day-shoes
  • Walking boots
  • A pair of sandals with velcro straps
  • Flip flops
  • Smart-ish shoes (i.e. closed-toe if planning to go to
    church regularly)

Winter season

It is chilly in the mornings and evenings in the highlands and rainforest, but hot in the day. The coolest time is from June to August, which is cold at night.

  • Scarf
  • 2 pair thick woolly socks
  • 1 fleece
  • 2 lightweight sweaters
  • Lightweight jacket and/or body-warmer

The colour of the soil in Madagascar is red, therefore all pale clothes are likely to be ruined, especially in the rainy (and therefore muddy) season.

‘Adventure kit’ isn’t really necessary unless you’re
planning on doing lots of walking/cycling holiday stuff but at the same time, don’t bring ‘nice’ clothes that you really care about. The same applies with nice or valuable jewellery.