Passport & correct visas
Emergency phone numbers
Africa travel insurance policy
Extra passport photos
Copy of your passport, kept in a separate place than your passport
Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable especially if you recently tied the knot
Medical history
Copies of prescriptions


Wear neutral colours: khaki, light brown/green, tan. Avoid bright colours and white for improved game viewin
A safari jacket  
Comfortable short and long sleeved shirts (2 or 3 of each
Comfortable shorts and long trousers (2 or 3 of each) 
About 5 sets of underwear
Swimming costume
Flip-flops or sport sandals (public showers, airing feet)
Comfortable safari hiking/walking shoes (not white). 
About 5 pairs of socks
Extra shoelaces


Flashlight or headlamp
Camera, memory cards, extra batteries, battery charger and lens cleaner
Money belt
Washing powder/travel soap for laundry
Plug adaptors – generally in Africa it’s 3-prong round or square
Lighter/waterproof matches
Travel alarm clock
Mini combination locks (keys get lost)
Mini sewing kit


Insect repellent/Mosquito Coil
Sunblock and after sun lotion
A travel towel 
Skin cream
Malaria tablets 
Citronella or other body soap/shower gel
Sunglasses – make sure they have polarised lenses.
Wet wipes/hand sanitiser or no-water/antibacterial soap – very handy in the safari vehicle.
Pocket Knife with scissors 
Toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner
Lip balm
Q-tips & cotton balls
Razor & shaving cream/gel
Sanitary requirements (shops are sometimes few and far between, and very basic)
Band aids 
Antiseptic cream
Motion sickness tablets
Anti-diarrhoea medicine
Re-hydration salts 
Plastic bags (wet washing/muddy shoes/organise clothes in suitcase)
Small compass
String/rope (washing line, tying sleeping bag)
Cold/flu tablets
Allergy remedy 
Some people take a basic antibiotic in case
Sterile needles (in case you need an injection and don’t trust the hygiene conditions) 
Prescribed medicine