What To Pack

Safari Planning Guide

Remember the saying “less is more?” Keep that in mind when packing for an African Safari. If you are flying on smaller planes in Africa, remember that 30 pounds (24 pounds in Southern Africa) of checked baggage in a soft sided piece of luggage, is strictly enforced. L.L. Bean has a variety of rolling duffle bags ideal for safari. Now you ask “How can I fit it all in 15 kg?” Here is a trick!!

All the lodges and hotels offer same day laundry services at very reasonable prices. Yes, you can make your wardrobe work with packing just five outfits on your international flight to Africa, so that makes a total of six outfits.

Cotton clothing work best in Africa, during the daytime, I recommend shorts and tee shirts or polo shirts. For the evening, I recommend a long sleeved shirt/blouse and trousers/slacks. Don’t pack jeans because they are very heavy. You will need a jacket, because early morning and late afternoon game viewing drives tend to get too cool. I take a fleece jacket. It is light and does not wrinkle, when crunched into the airplane overhead bins. I strongly recommend a hat, for shade from the African sun, and a pair of sunglasses.

Here’s My Packing List

  • 3 pairs if shorts
  • 2 pairs trousers (gents)/slacks (ladies)
  • 3 tee shirts or polo shirts
  • 2 long sleeved shirts (gents)/bloused (ladies)
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 2 pairs of sports bras (ladies)
  • 1 pair of strap on sandals
  • 1 swim suit
  • 1 hat, preferably with a brim
  • 1 pair of sun glasses
  • 1 jacket, fleece work for me
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 medium sized backpack on safari, to carry your camera, passport, Wet Ones etc


  • Sunscreen is a must
  • Wet Ones
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Body Scrub
  • Shaving accessories
  • Bug repellant- Off now has a clip on, which works better than the spray-on (according to them) Medication- take a sufficient supply to last your entire safari, plus travel days to and from Africa. I strongly recommend taking a box of Imodium AD