5 Things You Must Pack For Your Safari Trip (and Which Things to Leave at Home)

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5 Things You Must Pack For Your Safari Trip (and Which Things to Leave at Home)
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Though the safari experience is a classic foray into nature, human-made items may well be the difference between success and catastrophe. As you plan your exotic trip, your goal should be to account for all possible eventualities and pack for them accordingly.

The guide featured here is designed specifically with that in mind. The equipment we have listed will be perfect for anyone planning a safari.

1. Binoculars

For many people, going on a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You don’t want to miss anything. That’s where binoculars come into play. A sturdy pair of binoculars will be a great way to survey the scene and examine exotic animals at a distance that is safe and nonintrusive.

However, there are many different types of binoculars, with an endless variety of specifications to keep in mind. In the case of the safari, it may be to your benefit to get something with a moderate range and ultra-high resolution. The moderate range is optimal for the conditions of most safaris, while the quality optics will simply ensure that you see everything clearly.

Durability is also key. Look for something fortified by a durable rubber or plastic exterior.

5 Things You Must Pack For Your Safari Trip (and Which Things to Leave at Home)

2. Proper Attire

There are no hard and fast rules for what to wear on a safari, but it is important to get the right range of comfort and practicality. Shorts and shirts made with light fabrics will be ideal for safaris taking place in traditionally harsh climates.

However, there is also lots of wisdom in layering. Long sleeves beneath a tee shirt will protect you from the harsh rays of the sun, and provide a little extra fortification against mosquitoes. Cotton is a great material for safari clothes because it is lightweight and very breathable. And, of course, you’ll also want a safari-style hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.

3. Sunscreen/Bug Spray

You need lots of sunscreen and bug spray, and you need to make sure that they are very strong. While bugs and the sun have likely been a part of your everyday life since birth, both are substantially more intense in the safari setting.

Don’t skimp on the sunscreen because you want to come back home with a safari-style tan. Lather up, and protect yourself from a sun that is likely far harsher than you are accustomed to.

The same goes for bug spray. Mosquitoes and other biting bugs are notorious sources of disease, so protect yourself.

4. Camera

It’s also not a bad idea to document the experience of your safari on film. Consider bringing a decent camera along to preserve your memories.

Everyone will approach this recommendation a little differently. If you’re hesitant to bring an expensive camera out there with you, it’s still possible to take decent photos with a disposable camera, or even with your phone.

5. Odds and Ends

A good flashlight, a sturdy water bottle, and snacks that won’t get funky in the heat are all good things to keep on hand.

If you have additional space, you may decide to allocate it to other non-essentials that you just enjoy having on hand: a tablet, a way of listening to music, a good book, or a journal so you can make a written record of your unique experiences.

Chances are you won’t have too much downtime, but it never hurts to be prepared for everything, right?

What to Leave at Home

Now that we’ve gone over some things to bring, let’s briefly go over what to leave at home. While there are few established rules as to what is not permissible on a safari (short of the regulations established by the lodge that you book the trip through), there are some common-sense practices to keep in mind.

Basically, don’t bring anything you can’t stand the idea of losing. In the best case scenario, you won’t run into any trouble that might compromise the integrity of your belongings. However, if the unexpected does occur, you’ll be glad that you didn’t bring along anything irreplaceable.

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