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Here's What You Should Pack For Your First African Safari
Africa is the hottest continent, but you’ll need to pack a fleece jacket, scarf, hoodie, and a waterproof jacket, as some parts can be quite cold at night or in the morning. Some light clothes to bring are khaki trousers and shorts, cargo pants, a swimsuit, a light skirt, long-sleeve blouses, a maxi dress, a denim shirt, jumpsuits, and vests.
Hot and Cold Weather
Especially if you spend several nights in a tented camp where you only have access to water in a nearby river, you’re going to need soaps, deodorant, sanitary products, combs, toothpaste, moisturizers, shaving cream, oil/lotion, and razors. Also, bring hand sanitizer so you can eat when you don’t have extra water for washing your hands first.
Keep Your Toiletries Close
It's better to be safe than sorry, so in addition to your medical insurance and vaccinations, you'll want to pack some over-the-counter medication as well. Anti-diarrhea medicine, antibiotics, antimalarial medication, painkillers, antihistamines, cough drops, antacids, mild sedatives, and motion sickness medicines are recommended.
Preventative Pharmaceuticals
Your smartphone or iPod can be your entertainment while camping, and you may also want binoculars and a camera to fully appreciate the beauty of the wild animals. Also pack a power bank, a GPS device in case your phone’s internet coverage isn’t working, earplugs, a laptop, a universal adaptor, and a portable fan.
Handy Travel Gadgets
The sun will be harsher than what you may be used to as you’ll be closer to the equator, but to keep your skin looking great, you need to apply sunscreen every couple of hours. You’ll also want to bring a hat with a breathable fabric, dark sunglasses, lightweight trousers, and long-sleeved t-shirts to protect other parts of your body.
The Right Sun Protection