If you have never been to the vast continent of Africa, you might be able to use a few travel tips. One of the most vital parts of it all is knowing just what to pack. After all, you don’t want to pack anything that you don’t need, especially if you are planning to do a lot of trekking. You also need to make sure that you don’t forget any essentials. Here is some handy advice to help you make sure you’ve packed everything you need.
When you imagine African safaris, you probably imagine khaki clothes and a hat like in every explorer movie about the country. Well, there is a point to this. Choose clothes in neutral colours, and materials that are light and airy. You are best off dressing in layers, because the weather in these countries can vary from one place to the next and can swing between extremes from morning to night. With a few layers, you can adjust your attire as the situation calls for it. Darker clothes are not advised because they tend to attract the likes of mosquitos more. As far as possible, choose waterproof clothing that can keep you dry if you happen upon some wet weather or plan to be trekking through the mountains.
Even if you are going to be in boiling hot weather, you can’t afford to run around in sandals or sneakers. You never know what kind of creatures or plants you might run into while you are adventuring through the grasslands or the bush. The best way to avoid getting bitten, stung, or scratched is to choose sturdy ankle boots or field shoes. Even if you are covered up by sneakers, you will not be protected from the fangs of a snake.
Sprays, Medications, and Other Extras
Of course, besides getting all the vaccinations required by travel regulations, you will need some added protection. Your best friend on the trip will probably be your bug spray. Be as liberal with it as you can. You will also want to be liberal with your next best friend: sunscreen. Sunglasses and bite or itch medicine will be added helpful resources to keep ready.
Likewise, it will be good to be prepared for other minor emergencies. You can purchase a travel kit with all the necessities, but you can also put your own together. You might want to add antihistamines and painkillers, for instance, just in case you are taken ill.
Of course you must also remember to take your camera and perhaps a pair of good binoculars. These will prove to be invaluable for documenting and making the most of your trip. Avoid carrying anything you do not need for regular use throughout the trip. Remember that you may rarely have access to a power outlet, so be sure to keep a powerbank handy in case your phone starts to lose power. You can get portable Wi-Fi from the airport to stay connected with your friends, family, and work back at home.
The best way to make sure you pack right, though, is to start making a checklist as early as possible. Pack early too. This way you will know if you’ve overdone it and can adjust without having to rush.