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Safari Checklist

Being on safari is is one of the best trips you can take but packing for a safari can be a challenge.


Clothing
Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.
Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
Short-sleeved shirts
Long-sleeved shirts
Undergarments, socks
Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
Rain jacket and pants or rain poncho
Sun hat with brim and chin strap
Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
Belt
Pajamas
Swimsuit (and cover up for women)
Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
Clothes line, sink stopper, detergent

Footwear
Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
Comfortable, breathable socks

Baggage
Suitcase or duffel (20kg/44lb max for internal flights)
Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and gear (ziplocs work)
Packing cube, compression bag, clear toiletry bag for airplane
Money belt, security pouch, document organizer

Electronics
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
Headlamp or flashlight
Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
Video camera, tapes/disks
Tripod
Cell phone
Batteries
GPS (for Geocaching)
Alarm clock
Calculator (for currency conversion)
Electricity adapter

Safari
Strong binoculars
Quality camera with long lens
Wide brimmed hat with strap
Animal and bird guide books
On your safari, take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack: sunglasses, camera and video (lenses, batteries, disks, tapes), binoculars, water, snacks, bandana, hat, wet-wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
Camping safaris: Sleeping bag

Toiletries
Soap
Shampoo, conditioner
Shaving supplies
Nail clippers, file, brush
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Deodorant
Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
Hand sanitizer
Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
Hairbrush, comb, mirror
Small towel and washcloth
Toilet paper
Facial tissue
Sunscreen
Lip balm with sunscreen
Insect repellent
Q-tips
Sewing kit
Feminine products
Cosmetics

First Aid
You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen
Bandaids/plasters
Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
Gauze bandages and tape
Throat losenges
Vitamins
Diahrea medicine
Antihistemines
Ace bandage
Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
Malaria pills (talk to doctor)
Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)

Documents
Document organizer
Passport
Visas for all countries as necessary
Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
Copy of Almak Tours' travel itinerary
Medical insurance card
Address book
Business cards
Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), travelers checks' numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or Google Docs).
Yellow fever certificate and vaccination records

Beach
Swimsuit and cover-up
Beach sandals
Reef shoes (for sharp rocks and coral)
SCUBA/snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)
Underwater camera

Other
Sunglasses with straps
Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
Binoculars
Pocket knife
Notebook, pencil and pen
Playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, books, frisbee, football, kite
Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
Matches or lighter
Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
Guide books, maps, language books
Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)
Steripen, water filter, iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and markets

Kids
Games, toys, books
Swim toys
Gifts for local children

Gifts for Guides, Local People
Shoes, t-shirts, hats, warm clothing
Nerf football, frisbees
Candy, energy bars
Pens, school supplies

Packing for the flight
U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
Books, magazines, e-reader
Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
Snacks
Water bottle (empty through security)
iPod, MP3 player and headphones
Cell phone
Eye shades, ear plugs
Melatonin or other sleep aid