Just in case you are planning on hitting the road for a self-drive or guided road trip around Rwanda but still not sure about what essential items to pack, Kigali car rentals has been in the car rental business for over 14 years, and with our load of experience, here is a list of items you may need to include in your packing list.
Travel & Driver Documents – These are by far the most essential items to pack for a road trip. The driver permit, vehicle registration, insurance policy, and country ID and or passport should be the first things you pack before any other.
Money – Many tourists like to rely on credit cards during their travels but we strongly recommend you move with some cash most especially if you will be traveling to remote destinations that have no ATM outlets where you withdraw money.
Water – Staying hydrated during a road is very important and though many love to avoid drinking water as they don’t like constant breaks along the way. If you are visiting Rwanda during the dry season, then you will find that water is very crucial, so pack a full box of plastic bottled water. It only costs UGX 500 to 1000 per bottle.
Snacks – No one can resist snacks especially when on the road and can only make a few stops for a full meal. So pack as many snacks as the bag can hold including both sugar and healthy snacks. You can buy them from a supermarket before driving off or along the way. Don’t forget to carry along a plastic or paper bag when you can put the trash to avoid littering the road.
Portable charger & Backup – There is nothing as boring as having a phone, pad, or laptop low on battery, you will miss out on picture moments, online social chatting, or that favorite movie or series you wanted to watch during the long road trip. Don’t let a battery mess up a good time for you, you can always come with back-up batteries but if you don’t have them, then you should stick with a portable power source.
GPS or Paper Map – If you planning on a self-drive road trip in Rwanda, then it’s a good idea to pack a Global Positioning System which will guide you along the way showing you the best routes to take and where you can make stopovers like gas stations, restaurants, hospitals, hotels. You can also request or buy an updated Uganda travel map if you are good at map reading.
First aid kit – Not all the rental cars in Rwanda are equipped with a standard first aid box and so take it upon yourself to pack one. Pack some painkiller, headache pills, stomach ache pills, skin rash creams, plasters among other items in your personal first aid kit.
Pack entertainment items – Truth is long road trips are sometimes boring and that’s why you will have to make a selection of items to keep you entertained when inside the car and our tip picks are books, portable game consoles, music & video players are all great ideas to keep you entertained.
Toiletries bag – You will definitely need one before you leave your home, include items like a toothbrush & paste, sunscreen, toilet paper, insect spray, hand sanitizer & face mask to protect you from COVID-19 virus among other items.
Car safety items – Always en-devour to pack some car safety items especially if you will be driving through rough terrain roads. Essential car repair and safety items include spare tires, battery booster cables, flashlight, water, spare oil among other items that could come in handy in case of emergency breakdown or mechanical failure.