A Kenyan safari presents a wild and captivating experience you’ve never had before. Therefore, you must be well equipped and prepared for your time in the savannah grassland. Since you’ll be stepping into a new environment, there are certain clothes and accessories you need to interact with Africa’s nature effectively, and here’s what you should pack for your Kenya safari tours.
As you prepare, the golden rule of going for an African adventure is to keep luggage at a minimum of 15 kg.
1. What Clothes to Pack
Here are a few guidelines to observe to help you pick the ideal clothes to include;
- Pick breathable clothes to aerate your body.
- Avoid camouflage clothing since you might be mistaken for a poacher.
- Avoid bright-colored clothing since it may scare or intimidate the animals.
As you observe these basic rules, the must-have clothes to bring to your Kenyan safari are; sports shoes, room slippers, swimsuit, waterproof jackets, swimsuit, and the following clothing essentials;
- Two cargo pants
- Two full-sleeved shirts
- Three t-shirts
- Set of undergarments
- Two trousers
- One short
- Three sock pairs
- Four sports bras (women)
Cargo pants should be your priority because of their advantageous khaki-brown color that keeps away the tsetse flies attracted to black and blue colors. In addition, long-sleeved shirts and long pants protect your skin from extreme UV radiation.
Maintaining good basic hygiene on your Kenyan safari is essential, and one of the best ways is to include basic toiletries as you pack. Most hotels offer these items, but it is good to have yours in case things don’t go to plan:
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Hand sanitizers
- Pads and tampons (women)
- Panty liners (women)
3. Recommended Medical Kit
A visit to Kenyan parks brings a different experience, and it is normal for your body to take some time to adjust to the new environment. Therefore, you might experience some minor discomforts, and here are some medical supplies to ease to discomfort;
- First Aid kit – carry a fully-stocked first aid kit to help you nurse wounds. The Kenyan parks are far from the towns, and your first aid kit will help care for minor scratches and skin burns.
- Vaccination card – there are various vaccinations each tourist should get before taking a Kenya safari, and don’t forget to carry your card with you.
- Insect repellent – there are several mosquitoes infested areas in Kenya, and an insect repellent will prove a lifesaver. Even if you are on anti-malaria pills, the repellent will help keep away these biting creatures.
- Painkillers – the intense savannah heat might cause mild headaches and other symptoms. Therefore, it is best to carry painkillers such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Antacid to relieve headaches, indigestion, diarrhea, and other mild symptoms.
4. Other Accessories
Your reason for visiting Kenya is to experience something new and create memories you’ll forever treasure. Therefore, you have to pack these electrical gadgets to capture these moments;
- Camera. If you have several, choose a compact one.
- Memory card and USB flash drive.
- Extra backup batteries
- Portable charger for all electrical equipment
- Plug adapters
Other essential accessories include;
- Headlamp for night reading purposes
- Magazines, novels, and journals.
The Bottom Line
A Kenya safari tour takes place in the wild savannah, so it is best to keep your luggage at a minimum. This means that you should only carry the essentials, and this guide highlights the basic stuff to get. You should also include doctor-prescribed medications and other vital self-help accessories.