WHAT TO PACK WHEN TRAVELING TO AFRICA OR ASIA! YOUR ESSENTIAL ITEMS!
Apart from the kitchen pantry and bathroom cabinet you mean? Seriously this is about what to pack when traveling to Africa! We take everything…Okay, jokes aside…
Africa is a beautiful continent and ITS HUGE. So lets look at a smaller gorgeous portion of it…East Africa; rich with history, nature, terrains, culture, faiths, flora, fauna and dust galore. In this post we are going to dissect what to pack when traveling to Africa esp. hot east africa!
East Africa does attract millions of tourists globally every year and an Adventure Safari in Uganda could be a trip of a lifetime. Its thus very important to know what bits-n-bobs you need to have in place before you take off. Whatever the reason for your trip, remember to pack light and strategic.
Trust me you could be tempted to pack your whole house based on stereotypes and all kinds of fairy tales…
When packing for your trip to Africa be very selective about what items you take along. The climatic, social and political atmosphere in Africa is completely different from what you are used to. The experience can be challenging at times. Trust me when we pack for our annual trip to Africa, we tale lots of lighter clothing yet our suitcases seem to be packed to the rafters 🙂
Thus, your packing list for your trip to Africa will be completely different from say Europe or North America. And without further ado…
ESSENTIAL THINGS TO PACK FOR YOUR AFRICA TRIP
#1. Sun Glasses
– Well, Africa esp. East Africa is predominantly hot, tropical, and sunny. So, your eyes will need protection against UV rays, dust and you don’t want to squint every time…Not cool! Smartness comes into mind too right. So, have a pair of appropriate, stylish sunglasses. My sister gave me this pair, I love it! You can get yours here.
#2. Hand Sanitizer – We can’t emphasize enough the importance of this. Most African countries are dusty and hot ripe ground for germs to grow. So, with hand sanitizer you can always clean your hands or surfaces before you eat or drink or even touch your eyes or lips.
If you are on a Safari, you will mostly be away from civilization, clean water or
washrooms/toilets/sanitary facilities. Your hand sanitizer will be your most important item.
If you are in the cities, you will be going thru shops, local markets etc. You will touch many things including your money. The hand sanitizer should be part of you at all times. You can get 2 bottles for the price of one with this deal!
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#3 Travel Backpack Or a Rucksack – We assume you will be walking lots and site seeing some, Yes? When we were still young parents with little ones we used to have lots to carry, including diapers, change of clothing, comforter, snacks, water, sun cream, hats…! In other words a Mary Poppins kit!
So, you need a sturdy travel backpack or rucksack. Frees your hands to take those insta-worthy snaps too! Most of East Africa can be real hot, and dusty. Thus, you need a strong backpack that can carry your bits-n-bobs safe and secure. One you can actually strap to your front, and keep your stuff safe from tourist scams!
#4. Zip Loc Bags – We included this in our Definitive Travel Packing list. Go Download your copy below now.
Carry these lovelies for your food items, wet clothes, delicates, electronics, etc. Keep your baby’s soiled nappies or underwear in there until you can deal with them. Safely store the soothers, kiddie snacks and small toys in there too. Use zip-locs to categorize your items…You are a Smart Traveller right! You will also avoid unwanted guests in your food e.g. ants, bacteria etc!
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21 More Must Haves – What to Pack when Traveling to Africa
And here are more of of your Must haves on you Africa vacation packing list
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#22. Flip Flops – Africa is a hot continent and your feet might get sticky and stinky. Not forgetting a touch of the fungus if you keep wearing closed shoes all day long. So, if you are on a long trip to Africa, pack your flip flops. In fact, why not buy a pair from any local market!
Flip flops are comfortable and easy to walk around in. They also double as your bathroom slippers so you avoid a verruca or two! Flip flops are not only easy to carry, they can be stylish too. Wanna travel like a local, wear flip flops.
#23. Personal Water Filter – Always buy bottled water in Africa and that too after checking its expiry date and Seal! This more so if you happen to purchase it from a street side vendor.
If you are traveling to some remote or rural area, then it’s always wise to have a personal water filter bottle. We got the LifeDefender Active type! It can be the difference between you and diarrhea, cholera, typhoid etc.
You can fill up your water bottle from an open water source. (Not really advisable, but in some cases needs must!) The water purifying device will remove over 90% of bacteria, germs and filter out any impurities including dirt from the water, giving you purified water voila! You can get yours here!
#24. Female Urination Device – yes, for real, you heard right! For men this may not be a problem But for women OhMygosh!
In Africa, you’ll find way fewer public toilets. Even if you happen to find one, it most probably will be dirty and disgusting. Maintenance is a cost so its left by the way side! Yet for women its a hygiene issue! Gals gotta sit right! Not necessarily…! If you have the GoGirl, you dont have to sit lol.
It is one of the most essential items for women to carry when traveling to Africa! The female urination device allows women to stand and pee in remote places without any embarrassment. It is a life saver when hiking or deep in villages. You dont want you to get snake bite or black ants up your Jacksie 🙂 However, in cities, go find a toilet in a cafe or restaurant. Definitely get of these devices before your next Safari or Trip to the wild side!
#25. Toilet Paper – Well it goes without saying that if the lavatories are not the most hygienic, then you MUST have your own loo roll. Why? Because you may end up without any after a number #2.
Toilet paper is a must pack when traveling in Africa. Also, the majority of the rural African population do not use toilet paper. They use any type of paper or wide leaf and or water to clean their shit. Lol
Don’t get us wrong, in the cities its a different story, hotels definitely have loo roll! But some budget hotels in small towns or villages dont provide the stuff! So, take your own, get it from any super market. If on a Safari, definitely pack your backpack with a couple of rolls. Simply take out the middle roll bit to flatten!
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What to Pack When traveling to Africa – Final Words!
We’re sure there is lots more you could carry, but these are the absolute essentials. The rest you can always buy when you get there.
Go to Africa with an open mind, take what you need and may not find easily over there. It is full of love and the people are welcoming too. You will take back wonderful memories and lots of love from this so called dark continent!
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We wish you an exhilarating trip to East Africa or any part of Africa. You have fun moments galore. Africa is an experience of a life time for those that have never been. If you need any help or any information for your trip to Africa, feel free to Ask us, via comments below. Or you can Contact us and drop us a message anytime.
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