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Choosing your Suitcase, Bag or Backpack (Rucksack)
General Accessories
First Aid and Toiletries

Always try and pack as little as possible as you will regret carrying to heavy a bag/backpack, especially if you are going to have to walk some place. Don't be tempted to bring too many clothes, I guarantee that half of them you won't wear.

What you pack all depends on whether you are going on a two week holiday, long journey spanning across several countries, the time of year you are travelling and how you are travelling.

Choosing your Suitcase, Bag or Backpack (Rucksack)

If you are going on an organised safari you may be limited to baggage size you can take on your safari vehicle - so check first with your operator.

If you are travelling independently it is advisable that you take abackpack (Rucksack) rather than a suitcase - you may have to walk distances to find accommodation etc. and a backpack will make like a lot easier.

It is wise to line you baggage with polythene to protect it against dust and damp. Make sure that it is the right size or a good strong make and sits comfortably on your back.

We have a small selection of backpacks and DayPacks available in our Travel Gear Shop


Passports: - see our separate section
Visas: These will generally be inserted or stamped into your passport. see our separate section
Travel insurance: see our separate section
Cash: - See our separate section

If travelling to several countries take a few passport photos for visas etc.

Make sure you have all your valuable documents in a day pack that is with you all the time.

The rule is take as little as possible - it all depends on which area of Africa you are travelling around and the climate at time of travel

1 x Long-sleeved shirts/blouse,
2 x Light long trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.
2 x Skirts/Dresses
3 x T/Shirts
2 x shorts
1 x Swimsuit
1 x small towel (Sarong is better)
1 x Hat that shades your neck
3 x pairs Socks
Cotton Underwear and socks
1 x good pair of well broken in Walking boots
1 x Plimsolls/Sandals or flipflops

General Accessories

Pocket knife - Swiss Army is the best
Small Sewing kit
Twisted elasticated clothesline (no need for pegs)
Electrical adapter (if needed)
Camera, film and extra batteries
Small battery operated alarm clock
Day pack
Sun glasses
Ziplock Plastic bags for electronics and film Lighter
Small torch (Flashlight) black outs are frequent in most of Africa
Mosquito net impregnated with permethrin
Water Bottle - in case bottled water is not available

First Aid and Toiletries

Toiletries: toothpaste, soap, shampoo - although you can purchase these items along the way
Pkt. baby wipes or wet wipes (if travelling in remote regions).
Malaria tablets
Insect repellent containing DEET
Some kind of pain killer
Antiseptic/Antihistamine Cream
Band aid and bandage
Sun lotion
Immodium and other Anti-diarrhoea medicine
Rehydrating Salts
Iodine tablets and water filters to purify water if bottled water is not available.

Prescription medications: make sure you have enough to last during your trip, as well as a copy of the prescription(s).

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you should have with you a spare pair of glasses or enough lenses and cleaning solutions to last your trip. Also carry with you a copy of your prescription.

If you take oral contraception you should have enough supplies to last your trip.

Bearing in mind the widespread AIDS epidemic, syringes & needles (in more remote areas these may be in short supply) and condoms or femidoms are necessary items.

Reading Material

If you like to read alot a good option is the buy a Kindle (click for UK OR USA ) - Books are heavy to carry so if you don't have a Kindle you need to limit yourself.... take one good novel that you can swop with other travellers and a couple of reference books and maps

To read our other Travel Tips - visit the main Travel Tips section

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