There is no doubt that a trip to an African safari is one of the best you will ever have in your life. It is a trip like no other. However, being in this trip also means that you have to brave dusty roads as you ride open-top jeep and high temperature that is way hotter than what you would have expected.
It helps for you to pack in advance and be practical in what you include in your luggage. This is not your luxury travel. It is an outdoor adventure. You might also have to walk long distances along the way. Therefore, you need to prepare exactly what you need to feel comfortable for this trip.
To begin with, use a soft-sided duffel instead of a hard suitcase. It is easier to carry. It is also more flexible. In a small vehicle, you can place it easily on your lap instead of worrying about how to fit it in. You might also want to bring a separate bag which is smaller so you can easily bring it with you during the actual safari trip while the rest can be kept safe in your hotel.
Basic clothing tips
It helps if you have at least one fleece or jacket so that you can stay cold especially in the morning when the temperature tends to drop. At night, it will also be colder so you need a jacket. Plus, you want to be protected against mosquito bites. Choose neutral colors as they would help camouflage you in the bushes. You should also have layers of clothes with you. Bring extra pair of socks if you are wearing boots so that you can easily change when your feet get wet. Bring a hat just to protect you from the sun along with a pair of sunglasses. If you plan to camp out, bring flip flops. You might have been too exhausted from wearing shoes the entire day. Ladies must wear a sports bra to keep your protected.
You should also pack a first aid kit and a small bag for your personal toiletries. Just bring the essentials and make sure you don’t leave anything behind as you need to travel far back if you have forgotten something. Bring mosquito repellants and creams. You should also bring malaria pills in some areas and antihistamines just in case you get allergies from food or from bug bites. Don’t forget your regular painkillers and flu medicines so you won’t get sick during the trip.
Obviously, you need to bring your camera. You don’t just go here for the experience. You also want to capture the best photos to bring home with you. If you are a professional photographer, a tripod would be of good use. Bring extra memory cards just in case along with spare batteries. You might not have any place to charge while you are out there. Binoculars are also important so you can look at animals from afar.
You are now ready for this trip. Make the most of it and enjoy every moment as it might not happen again.
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