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A comprehensive guide to what to pack for your next Mombasa adventure.

Are you planning a trip to Mombasa and wondering what to pack for your adventure? Look no further! This Mombasa vacation packing list has got you covered. 

Whether you’re seeking relaxation on our beautiful coastal beaches or an action-packed adventure in Tsavo national reserve, we’ve curated a comprehensive list of items to ensure you have the most comfortable and enjoyable vacation. 

So, before you pack your bags, read through our Mombasa vacation packing checklist to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind. 

Travel documents you may need during your Mombasa vacation

  • Passport and visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Boarding passes
  • Flight and accommodation confirmations
  • Travel itinerary
  • Emergency contacts
  • International or local driving license (if needed)
  • Travel guidebook or map


  • Cash and credit cards
  • Wallet
  • money bags
Mombasa vacation packing list
Mombasa vacation packing list


  • Phone and charger
  • USB cables
  • Wall charger
  • Power banks
  • Waterproof case for phone and other electronic devices


  • Reusable bags (such as a tote bag or backpack)
  • Neck pillow (for long flights or car rides)
  • Headphones
  • Kindle or book
  • Favorite snacks (both international and local travelers)
  • Basic medication

Clothing and footwear for a Mombasa vacation

  • Swimsuits and beachwear
  • Light and airy clothing for hot weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes and socks
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sarong
  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear


  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mini shower gel or soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Razor and shaving cream (if needed)

Gadgets and tech to bring on your Mombasa vacation

  • Camera or video equipment
  • Beach towel
  • Portable charger
  • Tripods and selfie sticks
  • Portable water filter
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, and a wetsuit if necessary)

Additional items for water activities in Mombasa

  • Dry bag
  • Go-pro or underwater camera

Safari and hiking essentials

  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
  • Hiking socks
  • Snack bars
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Lightweight and breathable shirt
  • Lightweight and waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit (including blister treatments)
  • A map and compass or GPS device
  • A headlamp or flashlight
  • A whistle
  • A multi-tool or knife

 With all these items packed, you’ll be ready for a memorable Mombasa vacation.

Remember: Polythene bags are not allowed in Kenya and should be omitted when packing, failure to do so, you will end up with a fine at the airport or if caught using them within the country.

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