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What to bring

PACKING CHECKLIST AND LUGGAGE INVENTORY

  1. Check the items listed below to be taken with you on your trip. Add additional items in the blank spaces provided. Use this list as a guide. In case of baggage loss, assess the value of items lost and file a claim with your baggage-loss insurance company.
  2. Safari clothing can be any comfortable cotton clothing and should be neutral in color (tan, brown, khaki, light green). Avoid dark blue and black, as these colors attract tsetse flies. Note that cotton clothing is also much cooler on safari than synthetic fibers.
  3. Please note that all clothes washed on safari may be ironed, so cotton clothing is preferable. Synthetic clothing may be damaged.
  4. Please read your itinerary carefully as you may have a strict baggage weight limit (i.e. 33 pounds/15kg per person), so please pack accordingly.
  5. Virtually all safari camps and lodges provide daily laundry service and many provide complimentary shampoo and conditioner, so you can travel with much less clothing and toiletries than you might imagine!
WOMEN'S CLOTHING MEN'S CLOTHING TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID SUNDRIES CAMERA EQUIPMENT GIFTS & TRADES
  • Sandals or lightweight shoe
  • Walking shoes or lightweig hiking shoes
    (not white for walking safaris)
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Sweater or fleece
  • 3 pr. safari* pants
  • 3 pr. safari* shorts
  • 5 pr. safari/sport socks
  • 3 short-sleeve safari* shirts
  • 3 long-sleeve safari* shirts
  • Swimsuit/cover-up
  • 1 pr. casual slacks or skirt
  • 1 or 2 blouses
  • Belts
  • 6 sets underwear
  • 3 bras

 OPTIONAL

  • 1 cocktail dress
  • 1 pr. dress shoes and nylons/ panty hose
  • 1 sports bra (for rough roads)

 




 

  • Sandals or lightweight shoes
  • Walking shoes or lightweight hiking shoes (not white for walking safaris)
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Windbreaker
  • Sweater or fleece
  • 3 pr. safari* pants    
  • 3 pr. safari* shorts
  • 5 pr. safari/sports socks
  • 3 short-sleeve safari* shirts    
  • 3 long-sleeve safari* shirts
  • Swim trunks
  • 1 pr. casual slacks
  • 1 sports shirt
  • 6 sets underwear
  • Belts
  • Large handkerchief

OPTIONAL

  • 1 pr. dress slacks, shoes and dress socks
  • 1 dress shirt/jacket/tie
  • Anti-malaria pills (prescription)
  • Vitamins
  • Aspirin/Tylenol/Advil
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Decongestant
  • Throat lozenges
  • Laxative
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Antacid
  • Antibiotic
  • Cortisone cream
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-fungal cream or powder
  • Prescription drugs
  • Medical summary from your doctor (if needed)
  • Medical alert bracelet or necklace
  • Band-Aids (plasters)
  • Thermometer
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen/sun block
  • Shampoo (small container)
  • Conditioner (small container)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Razor
  • Q-tips/cotton balls
  • Nail clipper
  • Emery boards
  • Makeup
  • Tweezers
  • Passport (with visas, if needed)
  • International Certificates of Vaccination
  • Air tickets/vouchers
  • Money pouch
  • Credit cards
  • Traveler's checks
  • Personal checks
  • Insurance cards
  • Pocket calculator
  • Sunglasses/guard
  • Spare prescription glasses/contacts
  • Copy of prescription (s)
  • Eyeglass case
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Small flashlight (torch) and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Small scissors
  • Tissues (travel packs)
  • Handiwipes (individual)
  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Laundry soap (for washing delicates)
  • Large ziplock bags for damp laundry
  • Copy of Africa's Top Wildlife Countries
  • Maps
  • Business cards
  • Pens
  • Deck of cards
  • Reading materials
  • Decaffeinated coffee/herbal tea
  • Sugar substitute
  • Lenses
  • Digital memory cards/Film
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Lens cleaning fluid
  • Lens tissue/brush
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Flash
  • Flash batteries
  • Battery charger and adapters
  • Plastic bags for lenses and camera body
  • Beanbag, small tripod or monopod
  • Extra video camera batteries
  • Video charger
  • Outlet adapters (3-prong square and round plugs)
  • Cigarette lighter charger (optional)
  •  T-shirts
  • Pens
  • Inexpensive watches
  • Postcards from your area/state
  • Children's magazines and books
  • Small acrylic mirrors
  • Balloons
  • School supplies

* Any comfortable cotton clothing for safari should be neutral in color (tan, brown, light green, khaki). Evening wear can be any color you like!