Tickets booked to go for a Safari maps, clothes, and vaccinations? Check, check and check! If you have finalized on your travel itinerary and have all the details sorted out, there’s one last thing left to do before you begin your wild adventure: Packing..!
Everyone should tackle at least once in a lifetime this great adventurous experience, going on a safari. While packing remember suitcases with wheels don’t really belong to uneven roads on the safari adventure; a duffel bag or a backpack is much more practical. You’ll need to pack cleverly when safari is on your itinerary.
Packing for a Safari - Three Golden Rules for Clothing
When it comes to safari the key is “less is more”, here are recommended three safari clothing rules:
1. Avoid bright colors - You will always wish to blend in nature as much as possible. From color palette think of khaki, green and yellow.
2. Wear comfortable clothes – There are chance that you may go on bushwalks or spend long hours in the game vehicle so make sure you are in quick-drying and well-ventilated comfortable clothes so that you can sit longer. There is nothing worse than being halfway through a 3-hour game drive and wanting to go back home just because you are actually not comfortable in the clothes you are wearing.
3. Wears layers of clothes – Climate can get tricky and it can get fairly chilly on the back of that vehicle on a safari ride. Mornings can start off quite chilly but will warm up quickly towards afternoon so take clothes you can take off easily. Eg: gloves, woolen hats, scarves and jackets.
- Fleece or warm jacket
- A Windstopper jacket
- A light raincoat
- Wide-brimmed hat – it should be wide enough to cover your face, ears and neck. Remember that even the shortest exposure can result in sunburns or heat-stroke.
Depending on type of safari you plan to undertake you should pack shoes. If you are going on safaris that do not involve trekking or hiking, then there’s no need to pack heavy boots. A pair of light and well-ventilated walking shoes that offer good support is reliable and stability is a must.
Essential safari gadgets
Gadgets can make or break your safari trip, since it I lifetime experience you don’t want to miss any click. So think twice before sacrificing quality and double-check gadgets to make sure you’ve packed all necessary accessories, batteries and chargers.
There will be varied animals lions, zebras, giraffes, various primates, leopards and cheetahs, colorful birds and other enchanting wildlife, but they will most likely not be that close. That’s where binoculars come into show! Going on a game-viewing safari without binoculars takes the “viewing” out of “game.”
If you want to take decent wildlife photos, a good camera is must. Remember to carry extra batteries or battery charger, lens cleaner and memory cards.
As soon as it gets pitch dark in the wilds or in your tent while camping, turning on your headlamp when walking around your lodging will prevent you from running into some creepy crawler or a predator.
Other items to pack
Ensure that along with your regular medicines you pack a small first-aid kit. Your kit should contain medicines for diarrhea, nausea, headaches, indigestion, heartburn, sore throat, stomach flu, antiseptic lotion, bandages and Band-Aids, sunburn treatments, antihistamines for bites (you never know what you may be allergic to), eye drops and very important insect repellent!
Dust is a much bigger issue than water during drive safaris; everything will be covered in a layer of dust, so store your belongings in a waterproof bag to keep them clean. For documents, phone, camera, batteries and other non-waterproof accessories a ziplock bag will always be of great help.
Sunscreen is a mandatory item in any traveler’s luggage that’s on a Safari. Opt for SPF 30 or more, and carry a lip balm with SPF 15 along.
Finally, check to see if you packed all necessary documents, such as passports, visas and travel insurance. In case your cell phone lets you down, a small notebook with addresses and respective phone numbers and contact names can come to rescue.
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