Experiencing Africa on a guided safari is one of the most unique and beautiful trips a world traveler can take. Seeing wildlife up close is exhilarating and awe-inspiring.
To make the most of a safari trip, be sure to pack everything you’ll need while being conscious of the environment, weather, your comfort level and any packing restrictions or special considerations.
One of the first things you’ll need to find out is how heavy your bags can be. You’ll most likely be flying the final leg or two of your journey on a small charter aircraft that cannot carry a lot of extra weight.
Try to limit your total bag weight to 20 lbs, although checking with the airlines you’ll be flying with for weight restrictions is the best way to go. If you are traveling with a mobile camp or a luxury safari outfitter, they may also have laundry service available, which means you don’t need to pack quite so much.
Pack all of your belongings in a sturdy, water-resistant or water-proof bag if you will be in a region that gets rain or is near water. Must-have items include a good sunscreen, hat or protective head covering, sandals or flip flops, comfortable walking shoes or boots, and layers of comfortable clothing.
Other items you may consider bringing are a camera, electronic devices for listening to music or reading, bug spray, binoculars, medications you may want or need, and toiletries such as make-up. Avoid bringing any perfume or strong smelling lotions or creams, as these could attract bugs.
When in doubt, ask the travel company that you booked the safari with for recommendations on things to bring. They will have the best idea of the climate and conditions that you will be experiencing and can give you tips on what essential items you should pack in your bag.
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