Safaris can be one of best trips you will ever make in your life for the sheer distraction, exhilaration, and adventure that comes as a part of their package. Packing for a safari can be a challenging task especially when it is your first time. There are many factors that you need to keep in mind such as the weight restrictions of the aircraft that will be taking you, the amount of weight you can manage to carry on a trip as mobile as a safari and the limitations to packing only what is necessary given the space constraint. If you are having a tough time figuring out what to pack and what to leave behind this article will help you narrow down your list to the extreme essentials that you will need for the bushes.
Here you go!
- Hard Cash: If you are relying on the credit card machines then sorry to burst your bubble but the bushes do not have them. Also, there is no denying the fact that you might want to tip your amazing guides and porters, and there is no way of doing that without a bill in your pocket.
- Neutral Colored Clothes: Your love for colors is understood but when going on a safari you're going into the jungles amongst the animals. Colors attract attention, and you don't want that when roaming in the wild. There is much more reason to avoid it on an African Safari where wearing blue and black will make you a tsetse fly trap, and you'll end up with a bite. Bright colors will attract the animals, and dark colors will attract bugs and insects. Go for neutral earth shades like tan and khaki clothes.
- Waterproof Bag: A waterproof bag is essential because it is not easy to predict the weather changes in the forests. It is bright and sunny when you set out and within an hour it may start raining. Without a waterproof bag, you will only be spending the rest of your day in wet clothes. Do not ignore the power of mud too and with the rain it all becomes sticky. A waterproof bag will be your solution to everything. You can easily fold down a waterproof bag, and it will take up negligible space for storage.
- iPad: If you have it then there is no reason not to take it on your safari. The iPad will help you transfer your pictures from your camera of the day and will provide you resourceful material and reference books about the place you are in.
- Footwear: It is important to understand the power of footwear when going on a safari. The right footwear can end up making all the difference. Avoid sandals and go for hiking boots. The nights can become a little cold because of all the flora so avoid open footwear. Also, carry a pair of flip-flops because there are chances that the shoes might get wet.
- Camera - Cleaning Kit: No one forgets a camera, but there are chances that you might forget a camera cleaning kit. With heavy vegetation and the dust, you need to make sure that the lens remains clean. So get your kit with the lens wipe and cleaning fluid ready. Pop in some extra batteries so that you don't end up with a dead battery when you need it the most.
- Sunscreen: You might already have it on your list, but the point is which one? The right sunscreen will offer you the right protection. Try not to take a sunscreen that smells all fruity or coconut-y, doesn't leave grease, is not sticky and gives your skin just the moisture it needs. Also, make sure that the SPF is no less than 30.
- Snacks: Even if the lodges that you will be staying in will be providing you food there is no harm in packing some snacks for yourself because there are chances that you might start feeling hungry during the day out in the woods. You could go for the outdoor meals, backpacking meals and other quick and easy meals like chili and macaroni or cheese tortellini. They are ready to consume on the go. You could go for snacks like cheese bites and granola bars. If you love caffeine, then coffee tablets are a great option for you. You don't need a cup or water to prepare your coffee. These tablets can be taken right out of the packet and popped into the mouth for the authentic coffee taste and all this while clicking a photograph or posing for one!
- Insect Repellant: There are all kinds of insects in dense vegetation, and you might not even realize that you have been bitten by one unless the after effects start to show up. So get an insect repellant keep spraying it on the exposed skin and your clothes every few hours.
With the right things in your bag, there is no way a safari trip could go wrong. Have fun!