Southern Africa Packing List

Packing Advice


Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton. Layers work best
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments, sports bra
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket and/or rain poncho
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit and cover
  • Belt
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)


Your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks


  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access + rain cover
  • Waterproof/plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, toiletry bag, foldable shopping bag
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
  • NOTE: A carry-on bag on most flights is limited to 22″ x 14″ x 9″.
Botswana Luggage Restrictions
  • LUGGAGE WEIGHT LIMIT PER PERSON: 20 kgs – total weight inclusive of luggage and hand luggage/camera equipment.
  • LUGGAGE TYPE: Soft sided, non-rigid bag (Wheeled bags are accepted provided the frame supporting the wheels is not rigid, e.g., frameless duffel with wheels.)
  • LUGGAGE DIMENSIONS: 30cm/12in high x 45cm/18in wide x 65cm/26in long
  • EXTRA BAGGAGE OPTIONS: Extra luggage can be left in Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Maun. Travelers with large suitcases and extra luggage can pre-book transport between Maun and Chobe Game Lodge (Kasane). The rate is U$65.00 per suitcase from Maun to Chobe Game Lodge or Chobe Game Lodge to Maun. Clients are restricted to a maximum of 1 suitcase (with a maximum of 23kg / 50lb).
  • NOTE: Complimentary laundry services are available in all camps and lodges.


Store electronics in sealed waterproof bags. Remember to set the date and time on your cameras to local time.
  • Cell phone, cord, plug, headphones (check on international charges)
  • Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
  • GoPro, camera+lenses, video camera, SD cards, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Tripod (travel size), selfie-stick
  • Air Tags
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Electrical adapter

Day Pack

Take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack:
  • Binoculars
  • Camera+lenses+disks, batteries, lenses, tripod, cleaning cloth
  • Video camera, cell phone, GoPro, etc.
  • Water
  • Snacks + to share with guides, other travelers, etc.
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Passports
  • Money
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Hat
  • Bandana
  • Hair binders
  • Jackknife
  • Magazines/books/headphones/kite/frisbee
  • Safari notebook + pen
  • Safari wildlife book
  • Safari Day Pack Packing List >>


  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel
  • Shaving supplies
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Nail clippers, nail file, nail brush
  • Facial tissue, Toilet paper
  • Moist towelettes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Small travel towel
  • Cosmetics, feminine products, travel jewelry

First Aid

You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
  • Prescription drugs
  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin
  • Band-aids/blister tape
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine (Imodium AD or similar), Ginger and Ginkgo can be helpful for stomach problems
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
  • Malaria pills (talk to doctor)


  • Passport (make sure it is valid > 6 months after the end of your trip)
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary
  • Travel insurance information + Medical insurance card
  • Document organizer
  • Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud). Put copies of your travel itinerary in each checked bag.
  • Yellow fever certificate (if necessary)


  • Cash (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be new with no tears)
  • Credit cards (check for international fees)
  • Water bottle and Camelbak
  • Sunglasses, strap
  • Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife (put in checked luggage)
  • Notebook, lots of pens
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sun shade
  • Gifts for guides
  • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, AWR travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
  • Cell phone, headphones
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Kleenex, wet wipes
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Compression socks
  • Prescription medicines / Daily vitamins
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