Packing essentials for a safari adventure

Posted by - November 28, 2016 | Category: Africa

When it comes to exciting world travel experiences, it’s hard to get more thrilling than the adventure into the wild that safaris offer. If you’re looking for a way to explore the great outdoors and immerse yourself in nature unlike ever before, a safari is one of the best experiences you can possibly have.

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Safaris offer travelers unparalleled, unadulterated view of nature, creating memories that will continue to take your breath away for years to come. And coming face to face with some of the most amazing wildlife in the world is going to give you some great stories to share with your friends.

While a safari is a great option for your next adventure, it does present a unique set of requirements when it comes to packing; after all, this isn’t your average beach holiday. Follow our list to ensure you are prepared for your journey into the wilderness…

1. A good camera

If you truly want to share, say, the majesty of the Serengeti with your friends and family, your phone camera isn’t going to cut it. Since you won’t be getting up close and personal with many of the animals you’ll see – at least, not if you want to see the end of your safari – a camera with zoom that produces good-quality results from distance is a must.

2. Binoculars

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Though you might have the opportunity to see a few animals closer up than you might expect, such as monkeys that come to explore your vehicle, or zebras sauntering along the roadside, you’re going to do a lot of your viewing from a distance. Rather than squinting, get yourself a good pair of binoculars so you can take in every detail of those breathtaking sights.

3. The right clothes

It’s important to do your research before you head off on your adventure so that you know what kind of weather to expect at the national park or game reserve you’ll be exploring. Although you might expect the plains of Africa to be scorching hot all times, most mornings are chilly, especially if you’re driving around in an open-top car. As such, it’s a good idea to pack layers. Make sure you have a sensible pair of shoes with you too, as you could be doing a fair amount of walking.

4. Insect repellant

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You’re probably not travelling across the world just to get up close and personal with some exotic species of insect. With that in mind, pack high-strength insect repellant; the last thing you want when you’re trying to enjoy the view or spot one the big five is for bugs to be biting you.

5. Compression clothing

If you’re going on a walking safari, you might want to invest in footmapping, which identifies the parts of your feet you put the most pressure on, and a set of orthotic inserts to provide extra cushioning and shock absorption. Discomfort when walking will detract from your enjoyment of your safari adventure, so if you want to make the most of the natural beauty you’ll experience, it’s well worth getting some compression clothing that will support your calves, as well as some orthotic inserts.

6. A waterproof bag

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The weather in any country can be unpredictable, so even if the weather while you’re on safari is forecast to be constant sunshine, it’s best to be prepared. A waterproof bag not only protects your possessions from water, but also from the dust that’s often kicked up on a safari walk or drive, which can ruin the likes of cameras, phones and tablets.

 7. Power adapter

If you want to keep up to date with friends and family while you’re away, post photos of your adventure on Facebook and Instagram as it happens and wind down at night by catching up on your favorite TC show, you’re going to need a power adapter. The plug sockets in Africa and Asia are quite different to the ones in the US. Packing a power adapter will mean you can charge your phone, tablet, camera and any other gadgets you take with you.

Enjoy your adventure

Going on safari can be one of the most incredible adventures you’ll ever have, but it’s important to be prepared if you want to make the most of the experience. Following our list will ensure you pack the essentials and that you’re prepared for any eventuality, which means you’ll have nothing to distract you from having a great time and making some incredible memories.

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