Luggage – TACV allows each passenger to check one bag up to 70 lbs/31.8 kilos, and to bring one light-weight carry on (up to 11 lbs/5 kilos ONLY – you will be charged $50 for every additional 2.2 lbs/1 kilo) and one personal item such as a camera. TAP allows one bag up to 50 lbs/22.7 kilos. If traveling via other airlines including connecting flights, we recommend that you contact them in advance and inquire about their restrictions. Make sure you weigh your bags before leaving your house! We have seen clients forced to unload items in the airport and it is no fun! Also, when flying inter island via TACV, your one checked bag can only contain up to 26.4 lbs/12 kilos.
Phones – If you have a smart phone, hopefully it is already “unlocked” (ie. ready for international use) so that you can simply purchase a SIM card here for $1 that works with one of the two Cabo Verde carriers. If not, you can make calls using Skype or can go to one of the calling centers here.
Jewelry – DO NOT BRING OR WEAR FLASHY, EXPENSIVE JEWELRY. A little bit of real jewelry is fine, but do not overdue it. Like most places with extremes in haves and have-nots, being flashy will be asking for trouble. Costume jewelry is best.
Clothing – Cabo Verde is a very casual country where pretty much anything goes. We would recommend mostly relaxed outfits (khakis, capris, jeans, shorts, sundresses etc.) and flat, comfortable shoes (sandals, sneakers, flip flops). A few outfits suitable for nights out dancing are also a good idea. Definitely bring a few bathing suits as well as a long sleeve shirt or two or a light jacket in case a cool night particularly in November through May.
Electrical devices + technology – If you are a techy person and need to have your notebook or smart phone on you at all times, that is fine. While most hotels do have free wifi, most public places in Cabo Verde do not. If you must bring a laptop and are going to want to access wifi on your laptop from various locations, a remote wifi device can be purchased for approximately $12 USD. However, we sincerely hope you plan to unplug and enjoy!!! Cabo Verde uses a 220 volt electrical supply, therefore an electrical converter with a two pin European adapter is required. In the US, this can be purchased at Best Buy or Radio Shack.