VALUABLE ADVICE ON CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Leaving with the wrong clothing, or simply forgetting a sweater or an anorak home, could ruin the trip you've so longed for.
In Tanzania, unlike what you might think, there is more or less everything you would find at home. The only problem is that only the big cities have the most well-stocked and well-equipped shops. This means that, especially during a Safari, you won't find everything you might need during your trip when you realize that you forgot something at home or hadn’t thought about it before.
It is therefore important to leave as well equipped as possible, especially handling some details that could make a difference, knowing beforehand what the most suitable clothing or the most useful accessories might be.
To be more practical, we have consequently thought about giving you an example of a standard suitcase for a 7-day Safari, combined with a week's stay by the sea.
Before leaving for your trip, check the luggage transport terms very carefully (both checked baggage and carry on), for both intercontinental flights and, above all, for internal flights which, usually, always feature special conditions.
Especially during a Safari, it is recommended to use "soft" and non-rigid suitcases because they are both easier to store in the trunk, as they are more easily "deformable", and less prone to accidental damage.
THE IDEAL SUITCASE FOR A SAFARI AND AIR TRAVEL (some things will also be fine for a stay by the sea)
- Short-sleeved white t-shirts (they do not attract mosquitoes during the day, but do not use them in the evening because you can get the opposite effect) – 3
- Short-sleeved t-shirts for the Safari (use light or camouflage colors such as khaki, green, brown, beige, ... in order not to disturb the animals. Do not use dark colors because they attract mosquitoes and insects) – 3
- Long-sleeved button down shirts that can be rolled up for the Safari or, alternatively, long-sleeved shirts (they are useful if it gets a bit colder or to protect yourself against the Sun or dust. Regarding colors, the above applies.) – 3
- Long or short sleeve t-shirts for the evening (the above applies to the colors) – 3
- Button down shirts for the evening (the above applies to the colors) – 3
- Long pants for the Safari (better if light ones that dry quickly, the above applies to the colors) – 2
- Short pants for the Safari (the above applies to the colors) – 2
- Long pants for the evening – 2
- High socks for Safari shoes - 4 pairs
- Short socks - 2 pairs
- Socks for the evening - 2 pairs
- Warm wool sweater for the evening and early morning (it can get very cold in some parks, even in the summer) – 1
- Warm hat
- Anorak for protection against the cold – 1
- Light K-way for protection against rain and dust – 1
- Foulard for protection against dust – 2
- Safari shoes (they are comfortable, high, fresh and they dry quickly, e.g. by AKU) or, alternatively, sneakers that are also comfortable for walking - 1 pair
- Comfortable shoes for the evening - 1 pair
- Slippers - 1 pair
- Open shoes (like Teva sandals) - 1 pair
- Sun hat/cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection (better if polarized)
- Sun cream (at least one high and one medium protection, also for the face)
- Lip balm, also because of the Sun
- Mosquito repellent (we have tested and can recommend the very strong Jungle Formula by Omega Chefaro), to be sprayed on the body and clothing - 2 spray bottles
- Universal UK electric adapter (wall sockets are those with three rectangular holes, one at the top and two at the bottom)
- Shower foam, shampoo and conditioner (if you prefer having your own or in case the Lodge accidentally lacks them)
- Camera with a good telephoto lens (best from 200 mm and up) and a wide angle lens (e.g. a 16 mm or 18-24 mm)
- Second replacement battery for the camera
- Battery charger for the camera
- Plastic dust protection for the camera and lens
- Camera data storage memory cards
- Cell phone and PC/Tablet Charger
- Cash for small purchases and small bills for tips (1, 5 or 10 Dollars)
- Backpack, to always carry in the car
- Small torch
- Essential travel medicine for small needs that do not require a specialist medical check up (e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Nimesulide, Imodium/Hyoscine butylbromide, Lactic enzymes, ...).
- Gel Hand sanitizer;
- Canvas bag for dirty clothes (there is hardly ever a laundry service in the Lodges, so it is better to plan to wash everything at home when you return, except for small clothes like socks or underwear)
- Passport with a 6-month validity at least, from the return date of the trip
- Airline tickets
- 50 USD in cash, to pay for your entrance visa in Tanzania
- A sweatshirt for the airplane
- Socks for the airplane
- Neck pillow to use on the airplane
Children especially, but not exclusively, would be very happy if you brought some clothes that you no longer use or colored pencils and paper for school.
THE SUITCASE FOR THE SEA
- T-shirts, pants, underwear, socks and shoes - your choice, in addition to those for the Safari
- Swimwear - at least 2
- Dive mask with snorkel or, alternatively, swimming goggles (for snorkeling)
- Underwater camera or underwater cell phone case
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