Packing for a Safari can be a challenge. When in the midst of a jungle, one needn’t fuss about looking pretty, or carrying cute outfits, because your #instatravels lens is going to be flipped onto nature. Weight restrictions on the small flights are minimal, plus you don’t want to be lugging around more than you need; and your camera equipment is what you need most. Since the weather is usually unpredictable, one must always be prepared. Bharati Wadhwani, who specialises in Safari trips through her aptly named travel company, Safar Traveller, gives us her expert tips on how to prepare and pack for a Safari.
Tip: Even at the most luxurious camps, the dress-code is casual, sporty travel wear. The trick is to carry less, compact your things and mix, match, repeat. In the evenings, dress it up with the colourful tribal accessories you buy from the camp shop. Wear layers and carry quick-drying, lightweight fabrics, in natural colours like khaki, green, brown, beige (avoid black, white and bright colours).
A few long sleeved shirts, polos and t-shirts.
2-3 Long pants or jeans. As tempting as it to wear shorts and sleeveless, we suggest you to stay covered to avoid sunburn or getting bitten by mosquitoes, tsetse flies, ticks and safari ants.
A light sweater or fleece. Hoodies and jumpers work too.
2 Light tracksuits/leggings/pajama pants for the evenings.
1 lightweight jacket for mornings and evenings. Ultra lightweight down jackets are great because they are compact, warm and water-proof in case you get the odd rain shower.
Comfortable walking or safari shoes. If you don't have them, then lightweight sneakers are fine too. It’s always smart to carry a spare pair in case one gets wet.
Slip on shoes or slippers to wear around camp.
1 swimsuit/trunks, 1 kaftan or sarong/lungi for lounging in the camp or by the pool.
A casual evening outfit which can be used for dinner or for a special occasion. Try and pack a neutral one which can be repeated.