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The Ultimate Africa Packing Guide

By Parker Diakite

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What you pack for a trip has the ability to make or break your experience. 

Packing for the perfect trip to Africa is truly an art form. The key is to think about your trip and bring exactly what you need so you’re no bogged down with too much stuff.

Below you’ll find the perfect guide for packing for a trip to the African continent.

If you’re packing for a Safari Experience

Safaris are a casual activity and the best clothes are fitting and lightweight. It gets cooler at night, so be sure to pack long sleeves, pants, and a jacket.

Experts also warn to pick neutral tones over brighter colors as neutral colors tend to blend in better with the environment.   Avoid wearing blue as it attracts disease-carrying insects.

In addition to packing lightweight clothes for comfort,  frequent travelers to Africa love packing a sarong.   It can be used as a sheet, towel,  blanket, scarf, and more.  If you don’t have one to pack,  purchase one from a local vendor. 

Toiletries and First Aid

A basic first aid kit is will go a long way during your trip, so be sure to bring health essentials. Pack sunscreen, after-sun cream, mosquito repellant, medicine for an upset stomach, and malaria pills. 

Dehydration in Africa should be taken seriously, so be ready in the event that you fall ill.   Pack re-hydration tablets and/or pills as a backup.

Technology

If you’re wondering what electrical adaptor to bring, there are a few things to keep in mind.

If you’re traveling to Southern Africa, you want an adaptor with

One of the last things when considering what to pack when visiting Africa is an adaptor. Most of Southern Africa uses the Plug M with the three prongs.

The further north you go the more,  you’ll need the British Type G adapter.

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