Packing for a trip to an African safari is obviously not like a usual holiday packing. Navigating through dusty and bumpy road in an open top jeep means you will get dirty, much more than you expect. Expect the temperatures to change a lot during the day, so it is important to keep extra layers along. Also remember to pack light and comply with baggage restrictions.
It is better to invest in a soft sided duffel bag rather than taking along your heavy hard-shell suitcase.
Here is an all-inclusive packing list that should cover for about a Weeks’s trip to safari in Africa.
Leave your formal and evening wears at home as safaris are generally a casual affair. Keep loose fitting and lightweight clothes so that they keep you cool during the scorching heat of the sun. Also, they will dry up faster in case you get caught up in the rain. Keep a light jacket for early morning drives or a sudden change of weather. The nights are relatively warmer as most of the safaris have a campfire at night. It is recommended to pick long sleeves and trousers or ankle length leggings to save yourself from mosquito bites.
Clothes and accessories
4 T shirts
2 long sleeve shirts
1 fleece jacket
A pair of comfortable shoes
Light weight walking shoes
A pair of flip flops
A money belt
Toiletries and first aid
Although every camp has a basic first aid kit but it does not hurt to keep some of your own health and sanitary products along. Here are some must haves:
Travel size shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and tooth brush
Sanitary products for women
Cold and flu medicines
Spare memory cards
Spare batteries for camera
A set of AA and AAA batteries
Mobile phone and charger
Smartphone/iPad for handy travel apps and eBooks
Although the list may vary with individual needs, these are a few basics required for a safari trip.