Sharing the expertise of a world-class university with our partners in Botswana to build capacity and excellence in clinical care, education, and research.

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About the Botswana-UPenn Partnership

Packling Lists

Below are the packing essentials for your carry-on and checked bags.

For an extremely thorough packing list, click here.

                        Carry on

Necessary documents and vaulable items



Visa (if required)

Copies of all three of the above / scan a copy and email to yourself

Copies of prescriptions

Medical insurance Info/card

Cash (US dollars)

Credit/ATM card

Laptop, cell phone, ipods, cameras and power cords or other valuable devices and items

Plug converter (convert US plugs to fit Botswana plugs)

Enough of any prescription medication to cover your whole stay (include contact lenses, cleaner, etc)

OTC medicines (cold/flu, anti-histamine/allergy, indigestion/diarrhea, headache, vitamins, etc..)



Extra Documents for Residents and Physicians doing clinical work

Completed Botswana Health Professions Council application

4 x Passport photos

Notarized copy of passport

Notarized copy of medical school diploma (If your diploma is in Latin, it needs to be translated to English first, then notarized)

Notarized copy of your state liscenss

Copy of your CV / resume


Clothes: YOU DO NOT NEED A LOT OF CLOTHES! The very nice housekeepers at Pilane do laundry EVERY DAY. You could literally get by on two pairs of underwear. It's great. PLUS you'll want to save space in your luggage for souvenirs.

Light colors and light breathable fabrics for summer months (Nov. - March).

Jackets, raincoats, sweaters, scarf, hat, gloves, for the rainy, chilly evenings in the winter months (May - Sept).

Hiking/excercise attire, asual wear and "going out" clothes for the weekends.

If you will have business meetings, dress accordingly. In Botswana, work and business attire leans on the formal side.