What to Pack For a Safari - Brownell Travel

What to Pack for a Safari


An African safari is one of our very favorite trips! Experiencing nature and the animals in their habitat is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the main questions we get is about packing. But there is no need to stress—our Brownell experts have perfected the packing list to a T! Read on to learn what to pack for a safari.


Use a soft-sided duffle that you don’t mind getting dusty. Keep in mind that there is a weight limit on the smaller planes of about 30 lbs, so you won’t want a heavy bag.

Bring a small backpack or bag to hold your essentials (sunscreen, camera equipment, chapstick and cash) for game drives and excursions.

Clothing List

The key to packing for a safari is to pack light. Most lodges and camps offer laundry service, so you don’t have to pack a new outfit for each day.

  • Kenya2009_504Pants: 2-3 Pair
    We recommend quick-dry pants that can be unzipped into shorts. It’s often cool when you start out on your morning game drive, but temperatures can heat up quickly. You may also want to pack a pair of blue jeans, especially if your travel plans include a safari by horseback.
  • Shorts: 1-2 Pair
    If you invest in a pair of “convertible” pants that zip off into shorts, you may not need to pack any shorts.
  • Shoes: 1-2 Pair
    Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are key. We recommend Chaco, Keen and The North Face. You may also want to pack a small, light pair of sandals for dinner in the evenings.
  • Shirts: 3-6
    A mix of sleeveless shirts, t-shirts and quick-dry, vented long-sleeve shirts will prepare you for all conditions. The quick-dry sleeveless shirts are great for cool morning game drives and for keeping the sun off your arms and back in the afternoons. Sleeveless shirts and T-shirts are perfect for staying cool in the late afternoon and evenings. Mix and match and you won’t have to repeat an ensemble the entire duration of your African safari!
  • Undergarments: 6-8 pair
    Due to religious reasons, many lodges and camps will not wash your undergarments so you’ll want more of these. Almost all camps and lodges provide a basin and washing powder for you to wash your own
  • Accessories
    A lightweight, wide-brim hat with a strap. Women may want to pack a light scarf or two to protect their neck and shoulders from sun, and to dress up evening dinner wear. Sunglasses are a must, as the sun can be very bright. Leave jewelry, perfume, and your hand bag at home.
Toiletries and First Aid 

Most camps will have a first aid kit, but it is good to pack a few essentials to be on the safe side.

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Band-aids
  • Small packs of typical over-the-counter medicines {Pain reliever (ibuprofen/acetaminophen/aspirin), Anti-diarrhea medicine, Antiseptic cream}
  • 3 (1-gallon) zip top bags. These are key for keeping electronics dust-free, storing wet or dirty clothes, etc
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Insect Repellant
  • Travel size personal toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc)
  • Wet wipes
Tech Supplies
  • Good camera
  • Extra memory card
  • Extra batteries/battery chargers
  • Camera cleaning kit—it gets very dusty, so you’ll want a wipe to keep the lens clear.
  • Converter
  • Binoculars
  • Small flashlight