If you’re going on an African Safari for the first time, chances are, you don’t have much of an idea on the necessary things that you must take with you. Here’s a list of some essentials that you mustn’t do without.
1. Important Documents
That means your visa, passport, airline tickets, other required travel documents, traveler’s checks and a few valid IDs. It would be wise to make photocopies of these documents.
2. A Like-Minded Travel Buddy
It could be a family member, your best friend, or your significant other. Sight – seeing is no fun when you’re all by yourself. It’s nice to share the unforgettable moments of your vacation with a special person, just make sure that you’re both compatible when it comes to having a sense of daring and adventure. Just imagine how the whole trip would turn out if you spent it with someone who complained about the tiniest things or little unavoidable inconveniences. If you really can’t think of someone who’s a good enough match, then perhaps it’s better to travel by yourself.
3. The Right Clothes
Do some research on the area you’ll be visiting. Find out about the local climate and the general weather conditions. Comfort should be your top priority. Light and casual clothing in neutral colors is best. But if you plan to stay in a luxury hotel or somewhere posh, you might want to bring dressier clothes too. Prepare for cooler temperatures in the evenings. Pack a couple of sweaters and jackets just in case. Bring swimming clothes if you think you’ll need them. Also make sure to use the most comfortable but resilient shoes that you can find. Sandals and ankle length walking boots would be ideal. Travel light. Use a soft bag.
4. Sun Protection
Your trip will involve a lot of outdoor activities under the hot African sun. Protect your skin. Load up on sunscreen. Invest in a good wide – brimmed hat, scarves and sunglasses with UV protection.
5. Capture Those Memories
An African Safari is a truly unique experience. Make sure to record those wonderful moments with a flash or video camera. Guard these valuables from potential thieves. And don’t forget to stock up on batteries and film!
6. Cash And Lots Of It
Yes we need to watch that budget, but it’s always advisable to bring more money than you had planned. We never know when we might need that extra cash and we have no way of knowing what emergencies or delays we might encounter while traveling.
7. Take Care Of Your Health
Bring insect repellents, a first – aid kit and all the medicines you need, especially if you are prone to travel – sickness. You’ll be staying in a different country and will surely be sampling foods that might not be friendly to your digestive system. Bring anti – diarrhea tablets and anti – allergy medications. If you’re headed for a place known to have malaria, be ready with anti – malaria prophylactics.
8. Bring Lots Of Water During The Safari
Dehydration and heat stroke can really ruin your whole adventure. Remember to always take in lots of liquids. Inform your professional guide whenever you start to feel dizzy or severely exhausted during the trip. Walking safaris might especially be a bit taxing on those who aren’t quite physically fit.
Going on a safari trip is potentially dangerous as much as it is exciting. Making sure that you are covered by your travel or international medical insurance can give you peace of mind while abroad.
It’s always important to plan ahead. Don’t overlook the small important details. Make sure that you have everything you need to ensure your comfort and safety and to guarantee a smooth and enjoyable trip.