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African Safari Packing Tips

African Safari Packing Tips

Are you getting ready for your African safari trip but unsure of what to pack? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

While international flights allow you to over pack, remember that many of the smaller safari planes and vehicles have much stricter and smaller luggage allowances, which could cost you a significant amount of money for overweight luggage. Leave all your valuables at home.

Most of the popular African safari destinations, with the exception of South Africa, are located in the tropics, which means they are terrific year round vacation spots with its warm weather and scenic backdrops. South Africa’s winter is from June to August, where you will experience cold temperatures in the mornings and at night, but it’s an otherwise great time to go as it is the dry season (except in the Western Cape), so rain is much less likely to interfere with your game drives.

If you are going to South Africa, regardless of what season or month you travel, you should pack winter clothes (coat, scarves, hats, gloves, ear muffs) as temperatures can drop dramatically at night, even during the summer months.

Notes about packing:

  • Pick light, durable, and quick to dry fabrics like cotton and khakis
  • Pick neutral tones like khaki, tan, and olive
  • Avoid bright colors like white and red, camouflage, and blue and black
  • Look for convertible pants with zippers that allow you to turn long pants into shorts
  • Plan in layers so you can take off or put on as the weather changes
  • NEVER underestimate the intensity of the African sun – bring sunglasses, hats, lots of sunscreen, and aloe for any sun burns

General Packing Tips for a 1-Week Safari:

  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 3 pairs of khakis or similar pants
  • 1-2 pairs of casual dress slacks
  • 1-2 pairs of underwear per day
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 1 knee length (or longer) skirt or dress
  • 1 lightweight waterproof jacket
  • 1 all-occasion sweater made of wool, acrylic, or blends
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 2 fanny packs
  • 1 swimsuit
  • Laundry soap or detergent
  • 1 pair of comfortable and durable hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of casual dress shoes
  • 1 wide brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen with SPF between 30 and 50
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, camera charger, batteries, and spare memory cards
  • Lightweight flashlight
  • 1st aid kit – pain killers, regular medications/vitamins, Band-Aids, gauze, sticky tape, antibiotic cream or ointment, scissors, tweezers, sterile gloves, cleansing wipes, thermometer, skin rash cream, antihistamines, cough medicine, eye drops, nasal spray, diarrhea medications
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-malaria medication, if you are traveling to a malarial area
  • 1 multi-plug adapter
  • 1 pair of binoculars
  • Zip lock bags
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer, hair brush/comb
  • Contacts, contacts lens solution, and spare pair of glasses
  • ~$300 Cash
  • Ladies:
    • 3 good support bras
    • Many hair ties
    • Sanitary products

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