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Africa Safari Packing List

In general, pack light and use layers. For a typical 10 – 12 day safari, we recommend the following.

Please remember that many safaris utilize small plane flights which limit luggage, including carry-on bags, to 33-44 lbs. per person total – restrictions will be outlined in your personalized itinerary. Soft sided luggage such as duffle bags or rolling duffels are recommended. Please note that some airlines ban hard sided luggage and some frames so contact your Safari Concierge for details.

When packing, keep in mind most lodges and camps will do guest laundry (some at a nominal fee) but most will not wash women’s underwear for cultural reasons.

View our Amazon Store for specific product recommendations from the Africa Adventure Consultants team.

  • 2-3 pairs long pants. Convertible (zip-off) pants and quick dry fabrics are a good option.
  • 2-3 pairs shorts
  • 3-4 short-sleeved T-shirts or polo shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • Travel dress or skirt (women, for city or train travel)
  • 1 sweater, sweatshirt or fleece
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 light jacket
  • Swimwear
  • 7 pairs underwear
  • Bras + full support garments for bumpy roads
  • 7 pairs socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals or Tevas
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes or hand sanitizer
  • Medication including malaria tablets should be in your carry-on
  • Basic medical/toiletry kit (aspirin, Imodium, antiseptic cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with plenty of film or memory sticks and chargers (back up charger is recommended)
  • Reading material
  • Special foods or snacks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Adapters or converters for electronic equipment
  • Flashlight
  • Copy of your passport and insurance policy – also leave a copy at home

Optional suggested items

  • Gloves, hat and scarf (especially during Africa’s winter months)
  • Mini travel surge protector (for protecting your electronic equipment

Please Note: Bright colors and camouflage clothing are not recommended while on game drives. People in many African countries expect visitors to dress conservatively. Also, consider taking a change of clothes and your toiletries in your carry-on bag in case of lost or delayed luggage.

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