Packing List: Safari Vacation

Apr 12, 2015

5 Things You Won't Want to Forget for a Safari Vacation

1. Flashlight: For when things go bump in the night or you need to make your way between tents.

2. Binoculars: Great binoculars can make your trip when it comes to wildlife sightings.

3. A waterproof, light-colored camera bag: If you’re using a “real” camera (hint: not your smartphone), you’ll want to protect it with a waterproof camera bag. We recommend one that is a lighter color, as black bags will soak in much more heat.

4. Safari-appropriate clothing: That means shoes to change into at the end of the day, color-appropriate clothing (white will stand out too much to animals) made from moisture-wicking fabrics and, yes, a hat that ties under the chin so it won’t blow off.

5. Health preparations: Talk to your doctor prior to the trip about medications you may want to bring along as a preventative measure. Don’t forget the insect repellant, and talk to your safari provider about whether mosquito netting is provided.

Complete Packing List for a Safari Vacation

Clothing & Accessories

Footwear is essential: Bring comfortable hiking shoes, sneakers and flipflops for the end of the day. Look for moisture-wicking clothing to help combat the heat. It should be in neutral colors (such as grab greens and browns) for best wildlife viewing. Don't forget a swimsuit and hat. Pack it all in a duffel that you can carry, as opposed to a wheeled suitcase.


  • Hanging toiletry bag
  • Medications, including any doctor-prescribed antibiotics or anti-malarial pills
  • Small first-aid kit, especially Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment
  • Insect repellant and cortisone cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Glasses, contact solution, case and extra pairs
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Razor
  • Sanitary products
  • Deodorants
  • Brush or comb
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Soap for laundry and clothesline
  • Hairpins/hairties
  • Nasal spray


  • Travel alarm clock and watch
  • Power/plug adapters
  • Phone charger
  • eReader or tablet with chargers
  • Camera with charger and waterproof bag


  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Health insurance card
  • Air/train/rail passes
  • Photocopies of vital documents
  • Cash in smaller bills for tips
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Copies of your itinerary
  • Emergency list of contact numbers for your credit card company and airline
  • Guidebooks and maps
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito netting
  • Notebook and pen
  • Multiple sizes of zip-top bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle with filter
  • Travel pillow
  • Eyemask and earplugs
  • Pocket knife
  • Snacks
  • Reading materials
  • String or rope
  • Travel soap for laundry
  • Waterproof matches
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