1. Yellow Fever Vaccination and Certification.
Ghana is an endemic Yellow Fever zone. Proof of your vaccination is required for entry and exit, so you’ll want to have it with you in a safe but easily accessible place in your carry-on bag. Schedule your appointment to receive the Yellow Fever vaccine as far in advance of your departure date as possible, and put your certification card at the top of your packing list.
2. Sunscreen and Chapstick.
The Ghana sun can be quite unforgiving on foreign skin and lips, so make sure to pack sunscreen and a couple high-SPF chapsticks. Reapply both frequently and make sure to have one of each in your day pack at all times.
3. Sandals for Showering.
Depending on your accommodations, you may want to bring a pair of sandals to use in the shower to minimize contact with surface bacteria, and to prevent cuts and scrapes from becoming infected.
4. Anti-Malarial Medication and DEET-Containing Repellents.
The risk for contracting Malaria and other mosquito-borne illness while visiting Ghana remains high. To properly protect yourself, make sure to pack anti-malarial medication and mosquito repellents recommended by your travel doctor.
5. Long Layers and Long Pajamas.
Two things you’ll want to avoid experiencing during your travel to Ghana are insect bites and the illnesses these bugs might be carrying. In addition to treating your clothing with DEET repellents and using mosquito nets treated with Permethrin, you’ll want to pack plenty of long layers, long socks and long pajamas to ensure you’re constantly protected from bug bites.
6. Visa Card.
Other major credit card issuers may be accepted in select locations and cities, but Visa is the only widely-accepted credit card in Ghana. Be sure to only use your card in locations you feel will keep your credit info safe.
7. Anti-Diarrheal Medication and Oral Rehydration Solution.
Unfortunately, and as with any international travel, the chance of coming down with an unpleasant digestive illness is fairly high. Drink only bottled water, be wary of your meal choices and how they’re cooked, and pack a diarrhea kit and oral rehydration solution to ease any uncomfortable symptoms you might experience from digesting contaminated food or water while visiting Ghana.
8. Money Belt.
Protecting the money you carry is important in Ghana. With an increase in credit card fraud as well as the limited use of credit cards, cash is king. Limit the amount of money you carry on your person and carry your money in your money belt to keep it safe.