Packing for a Safari

Packing for a safari is different than packing for other types of trips. Pack light! Be able to get everything in a duffel bag or soft sided suitcase. Find out if you have a weight restriction and abide by it. Pack your essentials such as your camera, prescriptions, money, travel documents, yellow certificate of vaccination and passport in your carry-on bag. Leave your jewelry at home. If you couldn’t bear to lose it – don’t bring it. Flashy jewelry and clothes, especially red, are not appreciated by the wildlife!

Suggestions for packing

A pair of comfortable walking shoes that are broken in
A pair of closed toe sport type sandals
Underwear, socks, pj’s
Bathing suit for pools at the lodge
2 long sleeved shirts ( light colors are best)
2 short sleeved shirts
1 pair of shorts
2 pairs of long pants (consider the type that zip off into shorts)
Wide brimmed hat and 2-3 cotton bandanas
Lightweight fleece pullover
Toiletries – consider body wash that can be used as cleanser and shampoo in
one, hand sanitizer, travel size tooth brush and paste, etc. (think small and
water proof containers)
Face cloth
Day pack for carrying camera and supplies, binoculars (7 X 28 or 8X 21),
sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc.
Insect repellent with 30 % DEET or more
Zip lock bags in various sizes
Travel alarm clock
Small flashlight

Plan on wearing everything 3 times. Most camps have laundry service. Remember, it’s not a fashion trip, be comfortable and dress to protect yourself from the sun and bug bites.


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