Embarking on an African safari with friends, family or your partner is the chance of a lifetime, and if you are headed to the plains of Africa, glamping is an excellent accommodation decision for all. Glamping, or glamorous camping, has become a popular option for many travelers across the world because it offers many of the amenities of a hotel within the confines of a canvas tent. Here are a few packing tips to guarantee an extraordinary glamping adventure in Africa.
Before you begin packing, it is important to know the airline restrictions for luggage. Generally, an airline will allow a checked bag of up to 50 pounds, no larger than 62 inches. For a carry-on piece, the maximum weight is typically 18 pounds. You will likely require both a carry-on and a day field backpack, though the field backpack can be packed within the checked luggage and assembled after you arrive.
Also a necessity for any glamping trip is a ripcord shower kit, which will have to be checked as luggage, but you will be glad that you paid the extra fees when you return to base camp after a night on the trail and have a private hot shower waiting for you.
The main attraction in an African safari will be the wondrous sights, so you will want to pack quality binoculars. And you can’t leave home without a Rangefinder. This little gadget will estimate the distance of a sighted object from where your party stands.
Also, the African sun can be bright and unforgiving, so do not forget your sunglasses. It is not uncommon for sunglasses to take a beating while you are on an African safari. Because finding new glasses is impossible while out in the bush, make sure to pack spare lenses.
As far as footwear is concerned, hiking boots or trail running shoes are the way to go. Regular old sneakers are not going to cut it on safari.
You will want to check the forecast for the region you will be heading to one week in advance, and then again the day before you leave. You may need to make some last-minute adjustments, but typically an assortment of both long- and short-sleeved shirts are called for. Pants are recommended for protection of your legs from insects and brush.
Dress in muted, earth colors. Anything vibrant will attract the attention of the wild and the sun, neither of which you want. Pack one rain jacket and one fleece.
You’ll be amazed at the versatility of a Ziploc bag. Pack plenty. Also stock up on lip balm, insect repellent, a personal travel towel, sunscreen, band-aids or moleskin for blisters, personal hygiene products and pain reliever. And if you are truly glamping it up, a portable espresso maker.
Last but not least, don’t forget to pack several important documents. Bring your passport, proof of African travel insurance, emergency phone numbers, your itinerary, vaccination certificates and prescription copies.
Though going far from home for your adventure, that doesn’t mean you have to be far from luxury. When packing for a truly memorable African safari, think sensibly but pack glamorously, and bring the comforts of home in your checked luggage. Go glamp or go home.