There is really no need to pack a bulky jacket or coat, as the climate in Ghana is hot throughout the year. If you choose to bring a jacket, a lightweight option would be most suitable. You might like to try the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket because it converts into a vest for warmer weather and has 23 handy travel pockets.
Shoes to pack for Ghana
Comfortable walking shoes are a must – we love Hotter shoes, as they are incredibly light and comfortable.
Ladies, leave your high heels at home in favour of glamorous flat sandals. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range – using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
Clothing tips for women
Ghanaian women wear both traditional and Western clothes, and there are no restrictions on what can be worn.
Just make sure your t-shirts or tops are long enough to cover your stomach.
A skirt or loose-fitting trousers are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
If you are staying in upscale hotels or resorts, you'll feel much more comfortable if you've packed a smart casual outfit for dinner – try a wrap or pashmina which can add ‘polish' to anything.
Remember some well-chosen costume jewellery can dress up any outfit too.
Clothing tips for men
If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
Community photos of Ghana
Fishing at Elmina
Local fishermen, January
Local women in Elmina, December
Beach festival at Easter
Pack for the weather
Ghana is a tropical country with a warm/hot climate all year round. Our advice would be to pack lightweight layers in natural fabrics: linen, cotton, bamboo and silk.
We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
A soft-sided rucksack is more practical than a hard suitcase if travelling around the country – they are easier to fit into the small planes or transfer vehicles. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
Combine it with a lightweight day sack or sling bag to carry your day trip essentials.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! There's an array of local crafts to choose from, including musical instruments, masks, beads and jewellery, pottery, wood carvings and much more. There are some large open-air markets, and street vendors will try and tempt you everywhere.