‘What to wear today?’
We are all very familiar with this dilemma. But when planning a two-week long African safari the predicament gets even trickier. Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp shares their top 10 safari packing tips:
1. Choose versatile items.
When deciding what clothes to bring, packing items that can be styled in a few different ways is the key to saving space in your suitcase.
2. Bring 2- in- 1s (shampoo and conditioner, moisturizing sun lotion etc.)
These are usually the heavy part of your packing. Most camps (like Cottar’s) will have complimentary shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer so you might want to check in advance.
3. Try to stick to 2 pairs of shoes, not your whole collection.
One pair of lightweight sandals and a pair of trainers or walking boots will be all you need.
4. A scarf is a must!
It can be used in so many ways for so many things (wrap, sarong, towel, sun protection, hair controller etc.)
5. Be prepared for heat and cold
When you think ‘Kenya’ you may think it is always hot and sunny but it does get cold in the evenings in most areas so make sure you pack something warm to wear.
6. Don’t fold your clothing.
Roll your clothes and pack them rolled as this stops creases and saves a lot of space. You can also stuff socks in your shoes to save space.
7. A well-packed carry-on luggage can go a long way if your suitcase gets delayed.
Layers are always good as flights can be cold and destinations hot. Carry a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant to freshen up and a day’s worth of prescriptions. This is easily forgotten which is a nightmare when you’re in another country. Also remember your phone charger and adapter.
8. Dirty Laundry
Have an extra compartment or bag to keep your dirty clothes separate until you can get them laundered at your next destination.
9. Luggage Weight Restrictions
Remember that the maximum weight for your luggage is 15kgs for domestic flights in some African destinations, such as Kenya.
10. Use a bright coloured suitcase so you can spot it straight away.
It’s also always a good idea to have your name and email address on your suitcase.