If you're heading to Africa and wondering what to pack then take a look at our handy list to help you on your way.

Top Tips

Weight Limit: If you're taking internal flights in small, light aircraft remember to check the baggage weight limit (often 15 kg per person), so try and keep your packing to a minimum. Read about what it's like to fly in bush planes here.

Temperature: Africa is generally a very warm continent, but it can, and does, get cold, especially at night, so don't forget to pack some warm clothing too.

Soft Baggage: This is usually preferable to suitcases if you're flying on smaller aircraft between safari camps as it will pack more easily.

Hand luggage: Always pack some essentials like underwear, toothbrush etc in your hand luggage, in the rare event that your checked baggage is lost or delayed.

Africa Packing List


  • Sun hat, sun glasses
  • Clothing in neutral colours if possible (avoid bright colours for better wildlife viewing, especially if you're doing a walking safari, and avoid dark colours which can attract the flies)
  • Jacket/fleece for cooler evenings and early mornings
  • Lightweight rain jacket if travelling during rainy season
  • Comfortable short and long-sleeved shirts, t-shirts, tops
  • Shorts and long trousers
  • Sun dress
  • Underwear (including a sports bra - ladies those African roads can be bumpy!)
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear, beachwear
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes


  • Travel documents and emergency phone numbers
  • Itinerary
  • Passport and visas if applicable
  • Copy of your passport (kept separately from your actual passport) - it's also a good idea to scan and email a copy to yourself so you have a copy online should you need it.
  • Travel Insurance Policy (you can purchase travel insurance through our partners First Travel if you haven't already arranged it)
  • Journal and pen if you'd like to record your adventure
  • Vaccination certificates if applicable (e.g. a Yellow Fever Certificate if you're travelling from a country with Yellow Fever)
  • Copy of marriage certificate (if recently married and need proof for a 'honeymoon' package)
  • Birth certificates for children under 18 travelling to South Africa or Botswana.
  • Currency
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, after sun
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Any medication you require
  • Malaria tablets (if applicable and advised by your doctor)
  • Toiletries/Wash bag
  • Sanitary products (shops are rare and basic so take enough to last the trip)
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Water bottle
  • Wet wipes or antibacterial gel
  • Plasters/Compede in case of blisters
  • Painkillers
  • Spare plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Washing powder (women's underwear often can't be laundered for cultural reasons so you may have to do it yourself)
  • Playing cards
  • Book/Kindle
  • I-pod or similar
  • Day bag or small rucksack to carry handy items on safari or whist walking through the bush.
  • Guide book
  • Binoculars
  • Torch/headtorch
  • Camera, spare memory cards, chargers (be aware that for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda there is a cost for taking 'commercial' camera equipment i.e. for TV, film and professional photographic purposes. You are also advised not to take tripods as these could seem 'threatening' to the gorillas).
  • Waterproof bag to protect camera if travelling during the rainy season
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Plug adapters (usually in Africa this is 3-prong square or round, but do check)
  • Alarm clock (if you don't have one on your phone)

A note on Plastic Bags

Both Kenya and Rwanda have banned plastic bags so make sure you don't take any into the country.