You chose your safari. You booked. Everything is ready… Then it comes the time to pack your luggage. You gave for granted that it’s easy stuff, but now you see that on the practical side it’s not so obvious.
We know how does it happen! A safari in Tanzania is not an everyday trip, and might be not so simple for you to select the items to store in the limited space you have. Keep calm and have a look at our guidelines, and you will travel as comfortably as possible!
Step 1: Which bag should you choose?
First, let’s talk about the type of bag to choose: space in the safari vehicle is limited, so safari companies often ask to take only one luggage per person; moreover, if one or more domestic flights are included in your itinerary, you have to keep in mind that usually these carriers have a strict limit of 15 kg in soft bags as baggage allowance – in this case, it is important to choose a suitcase that is not hard and that has not heavy structures.
Step 2: What to put in your luggage?
After choosing the bag, it is time to decide what to store in it: you have to remember that during a safari you will spend many time travelling along dirty road, so it is better to pack
comfortable clothes, better in neutral colors like khaki, olive or acacia. A bout colors it is also better to avoid camouflage clothes, as in some African countries are not allowed for civilians.
Keep in mind that Africa doesn’t always mean “hot weather”, but in some areas it can be very cold, so don’t forget to bring a sweater or a jacket. If you plan to wash your clothes, remind that it is better to do this when you are spending more than one night in the same place, so you can be sure that it will dry.
Step 3: This is the final checklist!
Do you have the items in this list? If yes, you’re ready to leave…
- Trousers (long and short)
- T-shirt / safari style shirt
- Underwear and socks
- T-shirt / Shirt with long sleeves to protect your arm from mosquito after sunset
- Hat and sunglasses
- Jacket or sweater
- Swimming costume
- Solid shoes (like trekking shoes or sneakers)
- Slippers for shower
Next to clothes, don’t forget:
- Toilet bag
- Sun lotion
- Mosquito repellent
- Charges for your electrical devices
- Torch with extra batteries
- Binoculars and camera
- Passport and a copy of your documents
If you have any doubt about luggage or other practical issues, just ask us. We will be glad to help you.