You’ve booked your flight and are ready to go on your East Africa Safari. All that’s left to do is sort out your packing list and you’ll be ready to go! There are a few things that you should keep in mind, however, when packing for this safari since it will be quite different from the other holidays that you may have taken in the past. For example, if you going to be taking a charter flight, you’ll only be able to take along one soft-sided bag with a weight restriction of 15 kg and 1 carry-on luggage bag.
Putting Together a Packing List
Here are some of the most important items that you’ll need to include on your list to make the most of your safari adventures:
Your clothing should include 3 to 4 T-shirts, 2 shirts with long sleeves, 2 to 3 pairs of shorts, 1 lightweight fleece pullover or jacket, 2 pairs of light pants, swimwear, a bandanna or scarf, underwear, cotton socks and a hat with a wide brim that ties under the chin. Avoid clothes that are black or dark blue since they attract tsetse flies and instead choose clothes with neutral tones like brown and khaki. The long-sleeve shirts will also help prevent insect bites and will offer protection from the sun in the hot afternoons.
Bring along a pair of your most comfortable walking shoes for your safari trip. You should also include a pair of the flip-flops or lightweight sandals to wear around the lodging.
Miscellaneous and Personal Items
Bring along your passport and a copy of it and keep both of them in separate bags. This way, if you do happen to lose your passport, it will be easier to replace it with a copy available. Don’t forget to pack your camera and an extra battery if necessary since you’ll be snapping a lot of pictures. Sunscreen and lip balm are essentials since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun and you should also be armed with insect repellent and a Malaria prophylaxis as well. If you take any personal medication you’ll want to pack this at the last minute and you should also carry along a personalized first-aid kit that may include antihistamines, pain relievers etc.
A small flashlight will come in handy as will a good set of binoculars. The lodges will supply soap and shampoo but if you have your favorites you may want to bring them along as well. You should also pack some hand sanitizer or wet wipes that you can use as needed and make sure that you have a small amount of cash on you for tipping the guide and the driver.
These are the basic essentials that need to be packed for your next adventure to East Africa. Keep in mind that the 15 kg weight limit will be enforced so make sure that you weigh your bag before heading to the airport!
This is going to be the trip of a lifetime and as long as you have packed properly, it’s going to be a smooth transition moving from plane to plane. To find out more about East Africa safaris, please visit aroundafricasafari.com or call +256-414-693-576 or +256-773-599-507 to speak directly to a representative.