Sunday, 4 November 2012

Elle Editor's Must Pack For A Holiday in Northern Ghana

From lazy lake-side weekends to glamorous jaunts in the south of France, our editors tell you where they’re off to this summer—plus what they’re packing!

Krista Soriano, Associate Editor
I'm headed to a village in the northern part of Ghana near Tamale, where one of my best friends is a Peace Corps volunteer. Other than a safari at Mole National Park, the trip is less vacation and more experiencing a week's worth of her life in the African wilderness—mud huts, warthogs, you name it. Who's to say I'll get this chance again—and take it?

My friend's packing tip: Fit everything in a backpack. This one by Arc'teryx is perfectly practical, no bells or whistles. Taking my camera (a Nikon D60) for sure, an ironic read, a handkerchief for sweat drying, and these aviators.

Multi-purpose mesh backpack, Arc'teryx, $90; get it at; Nikon D60 DSLR, $750; get it at; Brave New World, $9; get it at; metal aviators, BOSS, $98; get it at

Knees are considered a very sexual part of a woman's body in Ghana, so they're kept covered at all times—especially in my friend's Muslim community. Forgoing capris, I'll rotate these maxiskirts with this tank. I forsee everything I wear accumulating a layer of dust, so I'll probably be stealing T-shirts from my friend. Fortunately, we're the same size, and as former college roomies, we're good at sharing.

Racerback tank, Madewell, $24; get it at; tie-dye maxi skirt, Topshop, $98; get it at; cotton maxi skirt with drawstring detail, All Saints, $69; get it at

This jersey maxidress is as comfortable as Western clothes will get in Ghana's 90-degree heat. Birkenstocks—also an easy choice. I'm a minimalist at heart, and I'm totally embracing that in Africa.

Jersey maxidress, Topshop, $55; get it at; tobacco-oiled leather sandal, Birkenstock, $120; get them at

At just above the equator, Ghana gets some serious sun. I'll need an oil-free sunscreen to protect my face and skin from sun poisoning and heat rash. I've heard sunburned lips are just annoying, so a lip balm with SPF is a no-brainer. And I won't be wearing makeup for a week (I will be wearing the locally made henna) because I'll be covered in sweat, so to keep cool, clean, and refreshed, these facial wipes are right for the job.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock with SPF 55, $13; get it at; Carmex cherry lip balm jar with SPF 15, $2; get it at; Formula 10.0.6 Keep Me Clean Purifying Facial Wipes, $5; get it at


Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: I love editorials like this one from Elle magazine because they make Ghana more real to the rest of the world....


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