What To Bring

What To Bring

Safari Gear Checklist

The key to staying comfortable while on safari is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you can mix and match versatile layers to create the right amount of ventilation, insulation and weather protection. This gear list has been compiled to help you in choosing your gear for your safari.

Try to bring only what is necessary – this will help you and the field staff.

Official Papers

  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Photocopies of passport (the personal id information page) and keep it separate from your passport

Luggage (Only use TSA approved luggage locks)

Duffel bag or suitcase (wheels and retractable handles are fine), sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear. Please note that you must be able to handle your luggage by yourself without help.

  • Daypack large enough to hold camera, binoculars, water bottle, sunscreen, etc.
  • Luggage tags and locks
  • Pack an extra piece of luggage for souvenirs.
  • (Please note that assistance will be given to handicapped persons or persons with back problems)

Clothing & Footwear

  • Lightweight sweater/jacket/fleece
    (for cool mornings or evenings)
  • Waterproof breathable rain jacket
  • Waterproof breathable rain jacket
  • Clothing (suggested amounts)
  • T-shirts/Tank tops (5 )
  • Long-sleeved shirts (5 )
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer (4 Pairs)
  • Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying long pants
    (zip-off legs are recommended) (2 pairs)
  • Socks (5 Pairs)
  • Quick-drying underwear (6 Sets)
  • Sleepwear (2 Sets)
  • Swimsuit (for swimming at camps)
  • Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Lightweight wool or fleece hat
    (for early morning/evening game drives)
  • Lightweight gloves
    (for early morning/evening game drives)
  • Bandana
  • Walking shoes or sneakers (closed-toed) broken in.
  • Sport sandals for evenings, city wear or when traveling


For a printable version

Download Gear Checklist (PDF)

Personal Information

  • Credit Card information – Credit card number, Company & Phone number
  • Family doctor – Name, Address & Phone number
  • Health Insurance – Policy number, Company name & Phone number
  • Emergency Contact Information – Name, Address, Phone number and persons relationship
  • Travel Insurance Information

Optional Field Gear

  • Electrical converter and adapter
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Earplugs
  • Alarm clock or watch
  • Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses (with prescription papers)
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Zip-lock or specialized camera bags to protect camera/binoculars from dust.
  • Lens cleaners
  • Travel-sized detergent packets for hand-washing clothing (if you prefer to wash your intimate wear by hand)

Things to consider

Always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, medications, camera, toiletry bag and a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage is delayed.

  • Laundry services are available in camps for a minimal fee.
  • If you normally wear contacts, bring a pair of glasses in case of irritation from dust.
  • Camouflage is not recommended.
  • Plastic bags are helpful to separate footwear, wet and dry clothing.
  • Place binoculars in carry on luggage.
  • ATM’s available at some locations.

Travel Accessories

  • Prescription medications (with prescription papers)
  • Toiletry kit with soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste & brush, roll-on deodorant, asprin/tylenol
  • Sun block and lip balm with SPF 35-50+
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Binoculars (highly recommended)
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries and lens cleaner
  • Small packs of tissue