Safari Checklist

Everything you need to know from Clothing, footwear, medication, baggage restrictions, Electronics, Toiletries, First Aid, Documents to carry along, Beach wear, Kids, Tipping, Local Guides and the Local People

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

Kids

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

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

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