If you love to travel then I’m sure you’re not new to the “in’s and out’s” of packing for long trips, but have you ever packed for an African Safari? It can be a little daunting, I know, but I’m here to help you with all your packing needs!
First thing you’ve got to do is find out what season you’ll be in when you arrive. Here at Traveljoy we like to take guests to Africa during the dry season! So, what does that mean for you?
Well dry season tends to be on the chilly side, but don’t worry, the African sun will warm you up during the day! My greatest piece of packing advice would be to bring lots of layers, layers, LAYERS! I cannot stress this enough! Imagine going on a morning Game Drive!
How exciting! But wait- It’s SUPER cold out! Make sure to layer up with maybe a vest, long sleeve shirt, utility jacket and a scarf! This way, as the day gradually gets warmer, you’ll be able to take some of those layers off and you won’t be stuck overheating when you should be enjoying the beautiful scenery. The same applies for evening Game Drives – You may be warm now, but just you wait, after sunset it’s sure to drop a few degrees! Make sure you bring a jacket! Those Kathmandu/Macpac puffer jackets pack down real small too.
Let’s be honest, some of us tend to be “overpackers”. I know I am! But that’s usually because I never know what I’m going to need…Let’s try and stray away from heavy bags and learn how to pack the smart way!
First start by checking your baggage allowance. Each airline has different rules and regulations, so you’ll need to make sure you meet their requirements.
Secondly, I always LOVE to use duffle bags instead of hard square cases. Duffle bags are more flexible and can be filled more efficiently. The safari guides will love you too as they are easier to load on to vehicles too.
Make sure to pack light and only bring what’s necessary!
A clever way to organize your bag and save space is to use “Packing cubes”. Not only do you save room, but it also creates designated places for your belongings so you’ll never have to rummage through your bag AGAIN! It’s amazing! Be aware some African countries ban plastic bags so those ziplock ones are a thing of the past – go packing cubes
CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES:
Going on an African Safari is no fashion show – But there are a few fashion tips and tricks when it comes to navigating Africa’s harsh environments.
Let’s talk about colours!
Neutrals and earth tones are a must! They help reflect the sun and keep you at a comfortable temperature! Try and stay away from dark colours as they attract the sun. Blacks and blues especially as they tend to attract the Tsetse flies – Ew!
As I had mentioned before, layers are very important! So is a scarf and a warm jacket! By scarf, I’m meaning the cotton ones not a thick woolen one – they can also become great shade cloths to protect you from the sun, brow mops and camera/phone cleaners! the oh so versatile scarf… same clothes, different scarf, new outfit!
I love the idea of a “utility Jacket” because they have loads of pockets and will make taking things with you a much easier task.
Polar fleece jackets are also a
Boots are also great for an African Safari as they provide fantastic protection! And with boots comes long socks, and you can’t forget those either.
BITS AND BOBS:
Here’s a list of other essentials you could bring to make your stay more enjoyable!
1. Sunglasses – To protect those beautiful eyes!
2. Sunscreen – To stay protected from dangerous UV rays!
3. Sun hat – It may not feel hot, but the sun will always be shining!
4. Hot water bottle – In case of those chilly mornings.
5. Camera – To capture Africa and all its beauty.
6. Journal – To keep track of your adventures and animal names
7. Water bottle – Not all water is drinkable. Make sure to bring your own!
Packing for an African Safari may seem like a difficult task, but I assure you, it’ll all be worth it!
Something to remember is that traveling can always bring up surprises and situations you weren’t prepared for. Don’t stress!
Enjoy those moments. Embrace the unknown.
AND most importantly – HAVE FUN!