What's In My Bag?
Tanzania Safari & Beach Adventure
This is a Packing List dedicated to describing the details of exactly which items I took (or thought about but didn’t take) on my safari & beach adventure to Tanzania, and why I chose to take those particular items instead of others. It is better suited for people looking for specific examples or recommendations about the things someone could pack for a trip to Tanzania.
If you are interested in a general packing list with just the basics, check out my other post: What to Pack for Tanzania!
Or print out my general packing list!
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Tanzania Packing List
In this post you will find the details about what I packed in my luggage on my trip to Tanzania.
But what if I prefer male styles?
Got ya covered! Some categories are divided into 2 sections, one for what I am packing and one for other options if you don’t want to wear a sundress!
Please keep in mind that I did have an upgraded weight limit for the bush flights while in Tanzania. This means I was allowed 66lbs (30kg) instead of the regular 33lbs (15kg). Not all of these items would be realistic to include if you are trying to stay within the 33lbs per person weight restriction. But you can still use this list to see lots of examples of products you may want to pack & narrow it down based on the weight restrictions & specifics of your trip!
My goal with this post is to provide you with specific examples of things you could pack on a safari & beach adventure in Tanzania, and give explanations on why each of those items was selected for our trip as opposed to similar items.
I first created this post prior to my trip to Tanzania, when I was deciding what I wanted to pack. I am also in the process of updating this post following the trip to let everyone know what I used, what I didn’t use, and what I would change about the packing list before my next African adventure!
MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON!!
Bags & Packing Supplies
Amber's Bags & Packing Supplies
- MAIN LUGGAGE – Eagle Creek Packable Duffel Bag
- PACKING CUBES –
- HAND LUGGAGE –
- TOILETRY BAG –
- SHOE BAG –
- LAUNDRY BAG – Miamica Travel Laundry Bag
MAIN LUGGAGE – Eagle Creek Packable Duffel Bag
I looked at so many bags when deciding which bag to take to Tanzania. I really wanted a duffel style bag with backpack straps & pockets, but those generally weighed more than a standard duffel bag. I also considered price & capacity, but it ultimately came down to weight. Considering only style & functionality, I really wanted a Red Oxx Tres Ombres Duffel Bag ($305.00), but they weigh 5 pounds empty, so I moved on in my search.
I strongly considered the REI Roadtripper 40L Duffel Bag (because we already owned one), but found an Eagle Creek Packable Duffel Bag on sale on Amazon, & ended up going with that! The other bags I considered seemed more durable than the Eagle Creek (which is likely why they weighed more), so I hope I don’t regret going with lighter over thicker fabric!
REI Roadtripper 40L Duffel Bag – $44.95 at REI – Weight: 1 lb 2 oz –
Dimensions: 21in x 10in x 10in
Eagle Creek Packable Duffel – $35.95 at Eagle Creek – Weight: 8 oz –
Dimensions: 21.75in x 9.75in x 10.75in
PACKING CUBES – Not Sure Yet!
I have some old packing cubes at home that I am considering using for this trip, but I have been looking at others that weigh less. I like the organization & ease of finding items that comes with using packing cubes, but I may also skip the packing cubes to cut down on that added weight for this trip.
HAND LUGGAGE – Not Sure Yet!
For my smaller bag I wanted to choose a camera bag that would also work as my carry-on during my flights & as a backpack during game drives. But a lot of the camera bags are heavy & expensive. Not sure if I will be getting a new one or try to work with something I already have due to budget constraints.
TRAVEL KIT / TOILETRY BAG – Not Sure Yet!
I have an old toiletry kit that I can make work, but I am also considering one of the REI Small Travel Kit bags ($16.95 at REI) to use instead. I would really LOVE to get one of the Wash Kits made by Peak Design, but they are $59.95! Not sure if that will fit into our budget for this trip when I have something that will work. Putting it on my Christmas wish list though!
SHOE BAG – Not Sure Yet!
Since I know my shoes will get super dusty I plan to take a shoe pouch to Tanzania so that dust doesn’t get all over my clean clothes & luggage. Again, I am daydreaming about the super lightweight & packable Shoe Pouch by Peak Design, but at $24.95 I am not ready to pull the trigger on this purchase yet. I also have YAMIU Travel Shoe Bags (4 for $9.99 on Amazon) on my Amazon list as a less expensive alternative. I may also just find something around our condo (like a bag a purse came in or something like that) for the good old price of free!
LAUNDRY BAG – Miamica Travel Laundry Bag
Since I know we will be dropping off laundry with the lodge staff every few days, I also plan to take a foldable laundry bag. Not sure if this is necessary or if they will provide a bag for the laundry, but I plan to take my own since we have the extra space. Miamica has lots of cute options for laundry bags which are available on their site or through Amazon.
Other Options: Bags & Packing Supplies
- MAIN LUGGAGE
- HAND LUGGAGE
Another possibility worth considering is splitting items up between 2 duffel bags – one larger main bag (which you could check on the international flights) & one smaller duffel bag (to carry on in addition to a backpack/personal item).
For the smaller duffel bag, a nice option is the North Face Small Berkeley Duffel bag in green ($79.00).
If you are opting for a backpack designed to carry camera gear, a great option is the Peak Design 20L Everyday Backpack ($259.95 at Peak Design). Keep an eye out on Amazon, Ebay, & at our local used camera gear store, KEH, to possibly score one on sale!
NOTE: TANZANIA SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAN
The Tanzanian government has placed a ban on single use plastic bags in their country. There is an exception for ziplock bags used by travelers for toiletries, as those are expected to remain in the travelers possession. However, it is worth being aware of this ban & attempting to use other materials when possible to avoid any potential issues.
Read More Info on the plastic ban HERE.
Travel Documents & Wallet
- TRAVEL VISA
- VACCINATION CERTIFICATE
- CORONAVIRUS CERTIFICATE
- TRAVEL INSURANCE
- CREDIT CARDS / DEBIT CARDS
This doesn’t really need much explanation. However, for travel to Tanzania, make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months AFTER your return date, & that your passport has 2 blank pages for every country you will travel through.
If you are a US citizen & need to apply for a passport, make sure you do that AT LEAST 3 months before your trip. Check out the US Dept. of State website for more info.
Based on recommendations from our travel agent, I will apply for my Tanzanian visa about 2 months prior to our trip. For US Citizens, a multi entry visa is required & costs $100. It is also possible to apply for a visa upon arrival in Tanzania, but I like to do as much ahead of time as possible. For more information on visas, check with the Tanzanian embassy in your home country. For US Citizens, the Tanzanian embassy is located in Washington DC & you can check out their website for more information.
Approximately 2-3 months prior to our trip, I will make arrangements at a local travel clinic recommended by our physician to make the necessary medical arrangements for the trip. This will include a consultation, necessary vaccines, & a medical kit for us to take on our trip. Check with the relevant embassy for any medical requirements that may apply to your trip (these can vary by country of origin & countries visited), & always consult a physician when making any medical decisions. The most common considerations are if the yellow fever vaccination & anti-malaria medication are right for you.
When I traveled to Tanzania (July 2021), a negative COVID-19 test result was required to enter the country. At that time, US Citizens are not required to quarantine upon entry to Tanzania, but check with the relevant embassy for requirements if you are not traveling from the US. Travelers entering Tanzania are subject to a health screening at the airport before being allowed entry into the country. I was also required to obtain a COVID-19 test and provide negative test results in order to leave the country to return to the States.
More information regarding COVID-19 relevant to US travelers to Tanzania can be found HERE.
TRAVEL INSURANCE DOCUMENTATION
For this trip I opted to purchase travel insurance, and I will be packing a printed copy of our insurance policy, sending a digital copy to our travel agent, & saving a digital copy to my phone.
To choose a policy, I started by checking over our current medical & homeowners insurance policies to find out what aspects of travel may be covered. Then, I checked with my travel credit cards to find out what insurance benefits come with the cards. Finally, I researched various travel insurance policies on sites like Square Mouth & Insure My Trip, and considered recommendations on other travel blogs. While World Nomads is a very popular budget travel insurance option recommended by many travelers, I decided that Tin Leg Travel Insurance better met my needs for this trip.
To purchase travel insurance, you will need to know the total cost of the trip, people to be covered & their ages, dates of travel, countries to be visited, country of origin, & what you want to be included in the policy. You will also need the date of your first trip related purchase or deposit, if applicable. The cost of the policy will be determined by all of those factors.
CREDIT CARDS / DEBIT CARDS
Although I plan to rely mainly on cash during the trip, I will also each be packing a credit card & debit card for emergencies if nothing else. Some lodges / hotels accept credit cards & there are ATMs in some of the larger cities if you need to withdraw more cash.
For credit cards, I prefer to travel with the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card, and I have many friends that rely on the Capital One Venture Card.
CASH – US dollars in $1, $5, & $10 Denominations Issued 2006 or Later
As previously mentioned, I plan to rely on cash for expenses while in Tanzania. Although the majority of the trip (airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, game drives, etc.) will be paid for prior to traveling, cash is still needed for additional meals, drinks, tips, souvenirs, & any other activities that you may want to add on during the trip.
Since US dollars are widely used & often preferred in Tanzania, I used US dollars while traveling. If you choose to do the same, make sure to bring small bills ($1, $5, or $10 bills are best), & make sure that all of the bills are issued 2006 or later. When bringing cash, consider placing the cash in several locations on your person or in your bag, and divide the cash among the people traveling in your group. Don’t let a stolen/misplaced bag or pickpocket mean you lose all of your cash!
Let me start by saying that I am pretty basic when it comes to clothing. I am definitely someone that (more often than not) chooses function & comfort over style. If that’s your jam, you’ve come to the right place! But, if you are wanting to look super stylish on your safari, you may want to put your own spin on some of the ideas I have listed below or check out the safari packing lists provided by 3 bloggers that I follow, Megan Elliot of Lush to Blush, Diana of In Between Pictures, or Kiki of The Blonde Abroad, who are much more fashionable than I am!
Amber's Clothing: Tops
- TANK TOPS – Prana Cozy Up Tanks & Gap/Old Navy Camisoles
- SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRTS – Not Sure Yet!
- LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS – Not Sure Yet!
- BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS – REI Sahara Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt & Others TBD
- BLOUSES – Old Navy Flutter Sleeve V-Neck Top & Sanctuary Clothing Top
- SWEATERS – Old Navy V-Neck Tunic Sweater & Project Social T Cozy First Crew Neck Sweater
TANK TOPS – Prana Cozy Up Tanks & Gap/Old Navy Camisoles
If it isn’t obvious by now I have a slight obsession with clothing from Prana. For my birthday this year my parents got me the Cozy Up Tank in cedar heather (which looks like sort of a rust color). I love the comfort & style of the tank top, so I have asked for another one for Christmas in green. With the wide range of temperatures throughout the day in Tanzania, it is important to layer & these tank tops will make a great base layer under a button down shirt or sweater, but also look great to wear on their own.
I also plan to purchase a couple of camisoles to throw in my bag to wear under sweaters as well. I typically go to Gap or Old Navy (same company actually) for inexpensive classics.
SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRTS – Not Sure Yet!
I am also planning to take several t-shirts for our trip to Tanzania. I plan to use them as layering pieces or wear them around town. Since I like the tank top so much, I am considering purchasing a Prana Cozy Up T-Shirt (or two). I am also considering the REI Sahara T-Shirt (which is moisture wicking & antimicrobial, in addition to providing SPF 30 sun protection). I also think I will take my cute t-shirt from Marine Layer which is light pink with cactuses on it.
LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS – Not Sure Yet!
My wardrobe is seriously lacking in the long sleeve t-shirt selection, but I love them when the temperature is between t-shirt & sweater weather. So I am going to have to pick up one for the trip. Of course, my first thought is to get a Prana Cozy Up Long Sleeve T-Shirt. Go figure!
BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS – REI Sahara Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt & Others TBD
While not required, I want to get a few safari style button-down shirts for our trip. They are light weight & moisture wicking, while keeping your arms covered – providing protection from the sun & mosquitos. Or you can roll the sleeves up if it gets to be too hot. I already have one REI Sahara Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt (in cool aqua) & hope to get at least one more. I also would love to get the Royal Robbins Bug Barrier Expedition Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt.
BLOUSES / DRESSIER TOPS – Old Navy Flutter Sleeve V-Neck Top & Sanctuary Clothing Top
I also want to take a couple dressier tops to have for nicer lunches or dinners, especially when we are in Zanzibar. So far, I have decided to take an olive flutter sleeve top with a floral pattern from Old Navy because it will easily go with my other neutrals. I am also going to take an orange/rust colored top that I got a couple years ago from Sanctuary clothing – it is more or less a t-shirt, but the decorative bottom makes it a little more dressy.
SWEATERS – Old Navy V-Neck Tunic Sweater & Project Social T Cozy First Crew Neck Sweater
As someone who always gets cold, I am also taking 2-3 sweaters. I can throw them on on a game drive with or instead of my jacket. I also plan to wear them in the evening after a nice shower when it is chilly & I just want to be comfortable for dinner. I am taking one long v-neck tunic sweater from Old Navy (khaki color) to wear over leggings as a comfy evening outfit. I am also taking my Project Social T Cozy First crew neck sweater (color: oatmeal). It is so soft & the side slits add an element of style. I am most likely going to swear my Project Social T Sweater on my international flights as well.
Amber's Clothing: Bottoms
- ROLL UP HIKING PANTS – Prana Halle Pants
- CONVERTIBLE HIKING PANTS – Prana Halle Convertible Pants
- LEGGINGS – Gap Basic Leggings
- LOUNGE PANTS – Lululemon Joggers
- SKIRT – Prana Bristol Skirt
ROLL UP HIKING PANTS – Prana Halle Pants
This is the article of clothing that started my Prana obsession: The Prana Halle Pant. These pants fit great, are comfortable, wrinkle-resistant, dry quickly, & are very durable. Another favorite feature is that the bottom of these pants roll up & snap into place to become capris – a useful feature in changing temperatures or when you need to walk through shallow water/mud. I have these pants in multiple colors & plan to take a couple pair of these to Tanzania.
CONVERTIBLE HIKING PANTS – Prana Halle Convertible Pants
The Prana Halle Convertible Pants are the convertible cousin of the Prana Halle Pants I mentioned above. These are the same pants, but instead of rolling up into capris, the entire leg section of these pants zip off to become long shorts. The zipper section is covered by a flap of fabric, but it still makes them a little less comfortable & a little less stylish than the traditional Halle Pants. But, the functionality makes up for it. I will be taking a couple of pairs of these to Tanzania as well, in khaki & olive green.
LEGGINGS – Gap Basic Leggings
To wear under my long tunic sweater, I am packing a pair of Gap Basic Leggings in olive green heather. I think this outfit will be perfect on colder evenings when I want to wear something comfortable & casual to dinner or for hanging around in the lodge without going full on lounge wear.
LOUNGE PANTS – Lululemon Joggers
However, I really don’t care that much about looking chic 24/7, so I am totally taking a few pair of lounge pants. My favorite lounge pants are my Lululemon joggers that I found out their outlet store a couple years ago. I am not sure which style of joggers they are, but they are super soft & comfortable. I have them in a blue heather color & a purple heather color, and plan to take both (likely wearing one pair on the international flight). I do not think the dark colors will matter since I don’t plan on wearing these on game drives. And even though I don’t really need more joggers… okay, 2020 says otherwise… but I would love to get a pair of Lululemon On The Fly 28″ Luxtreme Joggers in dark olive because they would go more with the color scheme of the other things I am packing.
SKIRT – Prana Bristol Skirt
I am going to take one skirt on the trip just to have another option for the evenings or walking around in Zanzibar that isn’t hiking pants. In an attempt to dress more conservatively & have it go with all of the tops I am bringing, I chose the Prana Bristol Skirt in stone. It is obviously not the most stylish skirt out there by a long shot, but it is comfortable, has a nice texture, & has a longer length that I thought would be appropriate if I want to wear it into town.
Amber's Clothing: Dresses
KNEE LENGTH DRESS – Prana Ardor Dress
Since we are also going to Zanzibar, I am packing one of my just above the knee length Prana dresses, the Prana Ardor Dress in Agave Samba (a teal/green striped pattern). These pack easily without getting wrinkled & are super comfortable. It has a built in bra, which works for me without needing any additional support. I also have a Prana Cantine Dress in an orange stripe pattern, but I think I am just going to bring the teal one since they are so similar in cut.
MAXI DRESS – Prana Josepina Maxi Dress (hopefully)
I also want to take a maxi dress with me to Tanzania to have a more conservative option to wear into town or in the evenings. I could easily throw a sweater or scarf over my shoulders & be covered enough to enter most places or be warm enough to enjoy wearing it to dinner. I would love to have the Prana Josepina Maxi Dress in teal pontoon for my trip & I have asked for it for Christmas – so, fingers crossed!
Amber's Clothing: Sleepwear
SHORTS / T SHIRT SLEEP SET – PJ Salvage T-Shirt & Shorts Sleep Set
Even though it may be cold outside, I love to snuggle under blankets when I sleep so I am taking one of my favorite t-shirt & shorts sleep sets from PJ Salvage. They make super soft & comfortable sleepwear. The set I am taking is a pink boxer style short that is pink with cocktails on it & a heather gray t-shirt that says “Drink Happy Thoughts” on the top right.
PAJAMA SET – Not Sure Yet!
For my second sleep set, I have my heart set on eventually purchasing the Safari Toile Print Luxe Pima Cotton Capri Pajamas from The Cat’s Pajamas. While I have no intention of going head-to-toe animal print or safari themed clothing in public, I will absolutely rock some themed pajamas in my room. I want these so bad! But, if I am not able to get them, I will consider getting this Cheetah Print Pajama set from Loft. Or, I will just pack the Cosabella Pajama Set that I already own.
Amber's Clothing: Undergarments
- PANTIES / UNDIES – Not Sure Yet!
- PERIOD PANTIES – Thinx Period Underwear
- SPORTS BRAS – Not Sure Yet!
- REGULAR BRA – Calvin Klein T-Shirt Bra
- SOCKS – Smartwool Socks & Darn Tough Socks
PANTIES / UNDERWEAR – Not Sure Yet!
It probably goes without saying, but I have plenty of underwear that I already own that I can take on my trip. The reason I am not sure yet is because I am considering purchasing some moisture wicking / antimicrobial underwear to help combat the heat. Plus, I need something that will air dry quickly after I wash it in the sink since the laundry service in Tanzania will not wash undergarments due to religious/cultural reasons. I am considering Active Underwear from REI, ExOfficio Travel Underwear, & Underwear from Patagonia.
PERIOD PANTIES – Thinx Period Underwear
Since I will no doubt have to deal with my period at some point during my trip, I am also taking my Thinx period underwear. I use them for peace of mind around the time I expect to get my period to reduce the chance of an unexpected surprise & I also use them instead of other period products on lighter days at the end of my period. You can actually wear them during your entire period, but that is just my preference! My favorite that I have tried so far are the Thinx Air, but I would love to see them available in more colors.
SPORTS BRAS – Not Sure Yet!
At the recommendation of other bloggers, I plan to pack plenty of sports bras for our trip. Apparently, they are more comfortable & provide better support while driving along the bumpy roads throughout Tanzania. I have a couple from Lululemon that I will most likely bring, but I also want to look into getting a few more. My other sports bras are super old & I wouldn’t mind having a neutral or green one since my others are pink & gray. Patagonia has some prospective bras, as does Lululemon.
REGULAR BRA – Calvin Klein T-Shirt Bra
I do plan on taking one regular or traditional bra just in case I need it to wear with a dinner outfit or something. I have a Calvin Klein T-Shirt bra in a taupe/khaki color that will be perfect. I like their bras because of the way they lay flat underneath tops. I am only taking one since I am pretty sure I will be in sports bras, bathing suits, or not wearing a bra 99% of the time.
SOCKS – Smartwool Socks & Darn Tough Socks
For this trip I am taking a variety of socks made by Smartwool & Darn Tough. I am taking some thicker hiking socks that go higher up on the ankle & I am also taking some thinner socks in both crew length & ankle length. I found one pair of smartwool socks that were a neutral color, but most of the others that I have are all over the place in terms of color. I don’t really think it will matter much since they will be under my pants & inside of my shoes.
Amber's Clothing: Outerwear
- UTILITY JACKET – Banana Republic Twill Utility Jacket
- SWEATERS – (See TOPS Above)
- RAIN JACKET / RAIN SUIT – Not Sure Yet
UTILITY JACKET – Banana Republic Twill Utility Jacket
I really wanted a utility jacket to take to Tanzania. I found one that fit me well at Banana Republic in the perfect olive green color. I wanted a utility jacket to be able to stash camera lenses & other gear in the pockets for quick access during game drives.
SWEATERS – (See TOPS Above)
RAIN JACKET / RAIN SUIT – Not Sure Yet!
I have a nice Columbia rain jacket that I love. I wear it around the city & use it when we are camping / hiking. But, it is a bright pink color that would not work so well for game drives if I want to see any animals. So, I am going to need to pick up another rain jacket of some kind. I was going to just buy another rain jacket in a khaki or olive green, but then I read about how Megan of Dash & Dine discovered that tsetse flies seem to not be able to bite through rain jacket material & thought I may get some pants too! I am considering this ultra-light rain suit from Frog Toggs due to the price & color.
Amber's Clothing: Swimwear
- BATHING SUITS – Not Sure Yet!
- BATHING SUIT COVER-UP – Prana Anini Tunic
- HOODED SWIM / SUN SHIRT – Prana Odea Hooded Sun Shirt
- BOARD SHORTS – Prana Silvana Board Shorts (Aqua Wave)
BATHING SUITS – Not Sure Yet!
I am still trying to decide which bathing suits to bring for the trip. Since I know we are spending a few days at the beach, I am bringing more bathing suits than I would bring if we were just going on safari. I am definitely bringing my Prana bikini & my Body Glove bikini. For my third bathing suit, I am debating between bringing a Victoria’s Secret bikini that I already own & purchasing a one piece bathing suit to have something a little more conservative / sport friendly to wear.
BATHING SUIT COVER-UP – Prana Anini Tunic
If my travels include the pool or beach I always bring along my Prana Anini Tunic. It serves as a super easy bathing suit cover-up while looking more like a tunic dress. Its great to use for a snack or drink break at the pool or beach when you aren’t ready to completely change out of your bathing suit.
HOODED SWIM / SUN SHIRT – Prana Odea Hooded Sun Shirt
When I get out of the water I love to throw on a thin sun shirt to warm up & have a little protection from the sun. Normal hoodies would soak up the water, but the sun/swim shirt material is perfect. My current favorite is the Prana Odea Hooded Sun Shirt. I have it in black – which Chris thinks is crazy, but like I said… I use it to warm up after diving or swimming. And it goes well with my other bathing suits & rash guards (which are mostly teal & black).
BOARD SHORTS – Prana Silvana Board Shorts (Aqua Wave)
For after diving or just other activities at the beach, I have a pair of mid-length teal board shorts that I purchased from Prana this past spring. They are currently my favorite pair of board shorts & I typically throw them on over a bikini. I also have a longer black pair of board shorts from Volcom, but I don’t plan on packing those this time.
Mens Clothing: Tops
SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS
Prana V-Neck T-Shirt & Prana Graphic T-Shirt are 2 nice choices for short sleeve shirts. Also, any brand of dry-fit T-Shirt would be a great addition as well.
LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS
One versatile long sleeve shirt option is the Patagonia Capaline Cool Hoodie. It is made of a lightweight quick-drying fabric that offers SPF 50.
BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS – REI Sahara Plaid Long Sleeve
For a button-down shirt that can be dressed up or down, one great option is the REI Sahara Long Sleeve button down shirt. The shirt features convertible sleeves that can be buttoned into a short-sleeve when the weather warms up during the day. The Patagonia Back Step Button-Down Shirt is another good option.
Mens Clothing: Bottoms
- ROLL UP HIKING PANTS – Prana Stretch Zion Pants
- SHORTS – Prana Brion Shorts & Prana Stretch Zion Shorts
- CASUAL/ATHLETIC SHORTS – Prana Super Mojo II Shorts & Prana Vaha Shorts
- SLACKS / PANTS – Prana Brion Pant
- LOUNGE PANTS – Prana Vaha Pants
ROLL UP HIKING PANTS – Prana Stretch Zion Pants
The Prana Stretch Zion Pants could easily be your go to safari pants. They are light weight & durable. Plus, they have a snap feature that allows you to roll up the pants when it is extra hot or when you are hiking through shallow water.
SHORTS – Prana Brion Shorts & Prana Stretch Zion Shorts
If you prefer shorts, check out the Prana Brion Shorts & Prana Stretch Zion Shorts in neutral khaki colors to wear during some game drives, while traveling, or to more casual meals.
CASUAL / ATHLETIC SHORTS – Prana Super Mojo II Shorts & Prana Vaha Shorts
Athletic shorts can serve double duty as lounge shorts & shorts to sleep in, thus reducing packing weight. Check out the Prana Super Mojo II or Prana Vaha Shorts.
SLACKS / PANTS – Prana Brion Pants
For a nicer option to wear to dinner, Prana Brion Pants are more like slacks than some other pants previously mentioned. They are still comfortable (they are made with the same fabric as the roll-up pants), but have a more classic style that can be dressed up a little more.
LOUNGE PANTS – Prana Vaha Pants
I am a huge fan of always having a comfortable pair of lounge pants as well. Check out the Prana Vaha Pants for a comfy option in cooler weather or on flights.
Mens Clothing: Sleepwear
SLEEP SHIRTS – Not Sure Yet!
No real recommendations, grab your favorite old t-shirts or whatever you like to sleep in and call it a day!
SLEEP SHORTS – Prana Super Mojo II Shorts & Prana Vaha Shorts
While you can most definitely wear whatever you want to sleep in, if you are looking for versatile items to cut down on packing weight, the Prana Vaha Shorts & Prana Super Mojo II Shorts are comfortable enough to wear to sleep in, but also perfectly acceptable to be worn in Zanzibar or around the lodge.
Mens Clothing: Underwear
SOCKS – Variety of Smartwool Socks
There are a variety of styles of socks from Smartwool that would work very well for a safari trip. I like the the lower cut mini hiking socks.
Mens Clothing: Outerwear
- RAIN JACKET
If you are looking for a lightweight jacket in a variety of safari appropriate colors check out the Kuhl Kollusion jacket.
There is also a men’s version of the Ultra Lite Rain Suit that I purchased for the trip.
Mens Clothing: Swimwear
- BOARD SHORTS
- TANK TOPS
- RASH GUARDS
BOARD SHORTS – Not Sure Yet!
TANK TOPS – Not Sure Yet!
T-SHIRTS – Not Sure Yet!
RASH GUARDS – Not Sure Yet!
- SAFARI BOOTS – Courtney Two – Toned Safari Boots
- FLIP FLOPS
- POOL / SHOWER FLIP FLOPS – Old Navy Pop Color Flip Flops (Cool Caramel)
- SPORT SANDALS – Keens Women’s Rose Sandal (maybe)
SAFARI BOOTS – Courtney Two – Toned Safari Boots
While you absolutely do not have to wear safari boots on safari – a comfortable pair of sneakers / tennis shoes will work just fine – I have a thing for shoes & splurged on a pair of safari boots. If you do prefer boots, you can find plenty of stylish options for much less money, but I fell in love with the Two-toned Safari Boots from Courtney Boot Company. These boots are hand-crafted in Zimbabwe, and are amazing. I have already started wearing them around to break them in, and I can’t believe how comfortable they are. They are my most favorite clothing item that I am taking with my to Africa.
FLIP FLOPS – Not Sure Yet!
My current flip flops (which I love) are a pair of black OluKai sandals. But they weigh quite a bit for flip flops & they are black – which won’t really go with anything else I plan to take to Tanzania. Sounds like it may be a good excuse to get another pair of flip flops!
POOL / SHOWER FLIP FLOPS – Old Navy Pop Color Flip Flops (Cool Caramel)
To try to keep my “nice” flip flops looking nice, I also travel with an inexpensive pair of flip flops to use at the pool or beach, or if I am using shared or outdoor shower facilities. My go to for inexpensive flip flops is Old Navy. The Old Navy Classic flip flops are only $3.99. I went with the Cool Caramel colored Pop-Color Flip Flops with are usually $4.99. But, if you are familiar with Old Navy, they constantly have sales, so you can often snag them for even less.
SPORT SANDALS – Keens Women’s Rose Sandal
Since we have the extra weight I am considering taking my Keens. I have the Women’s Rose Sandal in a light khaki color. They are pretty comfy, dry quickly, & are great in hot weather. But I love those boots so much I will probably want to wear those most of the time – meaning, it would be pointless to bring these. We will see.
SANDALS – Not Sure Yet
I am debating taking a pair of nicer sandals to wear to dinner, especially in Zanzibar. If we didn’t have the extra weight, I would just wear my nicer flip flops, but since we can take a few extra pounds, I may throw a pair of sandals in the bag.
- WALKING SHOES / BOOTS
- FLIP FLOPS
- POOL / SHOWER FLIP FLOPS
- DRESS SHOES
WALKING SHOES / BOOTS
FLIP FLOPS – Not Sure Yet!
Another option for flip flops is Reef sandals.
POOL / SHOWER FLIP FLOPS – Not Sure Yet!
He may say that his reef flip flops will also work just fine for the beach & pool, but I also plan to look for him an inexpensive pair at Old Navy if I can find them in a color that he will wear.
If you want to take a pair of dressier shoes that would be very appropriate at nice resorts or dinners, I would recommend Cole Haans. They are both stylish and super comfortable.
Amber's Clothing Accessories
- SUNGLASSES – Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses
- SUNGLASSES STRAP – Chums 3mm Rope Eyeglass Strap Tan & Red
- BELT – J Crew Perforated Italian Leather Belt
- SUN HAT – Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Hat
- MORE STYLISH SUN HAT – Not Sure Yet!
- FACE MASKS – Multiple Styles / Not Sure Yet!
- BEANIE HAT / SKULL CAP – Not Sure Yet!
- STRING BRACELETS – Not Sure Yet!
- NECKLACE – Elephant Charm String Wish Necklace
- WATCH – Tag Heuer
SUNGLASSES – Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses
Sun protection is super important in Tanzania, so I plan to take my favorite sunglasses. I am taking a pair of polarized Costa Del Mar sunglasses that I have had for years. I am not sure of the exact model of these sunglasses since I have had them for so long, but Costa Del Mar makes quality sunglasses at a price comparable to most major brands.
SUNGLASSES STRAP – Chums 3mm Rope Eyeglass Strap Tan & Red
I like using an eyeglass strap when traveling. I can easily secure my sunglasses when we are on a boat or driving an ATV, or I can hang them around my neck when I need to take them off. These inexpensive little straps give me one less thing to worry about! I had an old blue fabric one that had seen better days, so for this trip I purchased a rope style strap on Amazon for $7.99 in a neutral color that I thought would go well with my safari clothing.
BELT – J Crew Perforated Italian Leather Belt
I am not normally that concerned with belts & fashion accessories, but I thought a nice belt would be a great way to add some interest to the neutral colors I was planning on wearing during the safari. I chose the Perforated Italian Leather Belt in Cedar from J. Crew ($29.50). They also have a Skinny Italian Leather Belt ($34.50) that would be really cute too if that is more your style.
SUN HAT – Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Hat
For my functional sun hat, I am taking the Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Hat in fossil (which is like a khaki color). I chose this hat because of the UV protection, adjustability, chin strap so it doesn’t blow off my head in the jeeps, & moisture wicking material. You can purchase this that through Columbia ($30.00) or at REI ( also $30.00).
MORE STYLISH SUN HAT – Not Sure Yet!
If I have room I am also considering taking a more stylish hat for wearing around towns & at the lodge. I have a couple of amazing hats at home from Goorin Bros. (those are the ones in some of my packing photos), but I am not taking them to Africa because they were too expensive to worry about them getting crushed or dusty/dirty. I am considering something like the Columbia Global Adventure Packable Hat in straw ($35.00) or the Chaos Summit Crushable Straw Hat in mint ($22.50). Goorin Bros. makes some really nice packable hats too, but they don’t have a strap & I think that will be important for the game drive vehicles & boats.
Now is it common (and sometimes required) to wear a face mask while traveling due to Coronavirus. I plan to take a couple of styles of masks with me on the trip. My nicest mask is actually made by my friend Pam & doubles as a scarf when you tuck the mask part down. Check out her shop on Etsy to see what I am talking about! I also plan to take a regular fabric mask & a face shield that Chris got for me from SA Fishing which can double as a mask & a hair accessory.
BEANIE HAT / SKULL CAP – Not Sure Yet!
Since I hate being cold I am also taking 1 or 2 beanie hats. I feel like these may come in handy during early morning or night game drives or just sitting around outside in the evening. I am currently deciding between 3 hats that I own – I don’t need to bring all 3. I have one cream colored hat with a little brim (the Jax Knit Brim Beanie from Pistil) that is super cute, but doesn’t cover my ears. The second one is a thin cream & brown leopard print beanie that I got a few years ago from Loft. And the third one is a warm, plush velvet beanie hat in a mauve color that Chris got for me when he ordered some neck gaiters from SA Fishing. All 3 would go well with my clothing, I just have to decide how cold I think it will be & which one will be the most appropriate for the weather.
STRING BRACELETS – Not Sure Yet!
I have a few string bracelets & I may pick up one or two others for the trip. I like the idea of wearing string bracelets when I travel because they are relatively inexpensive & not flashy, but add an element of interest to an outfit. My good friend Desiree got me my first Pura Vida bracelets (which I love) when we went on a girls trip to the Dominican Republic. So I am looking into getting a couple more of those or I have also seen a few on Etsy that caught my eye.
NECKLACE – Elephant Charm String Wish Necklace
A while ago my friend Melissa gave me the cutest elephant charm on a blue string necklace. The idea is that you make a wish & when the string breaks you get your wish. Well, I thought it was so cute that I haven’t worn it because I didn’t want to lose it. But now I have the perfect reason to wear it! So it is going with me on my first trip to Africa!
WATCH – Tag Heuer
After much deliberation, the one very nice accessory I am taking to Tanzania is my Tag Heuer watch that Chris got me for our first Christmas together 9 years ago. I love it & I think I will enjoy having it in Tanzania. Plus, Tags are essentially still dive watches – they are rated to 300 meters despite being so pretty – so I can wear it the entire trip without worrying about having to leave it in our room. Heck, if it gets dusty – I can just wash it off!
Mens Clothing Accessories
SUNGLASSES – Oakley Polarized Sunglasses
In addition to Costa Del Mar sunglasses, another good option is Oakley polarized sunglasses.
WATCH – Garmin Descent MK1
If you are a scuba diver, consider the Garmin Descent MK1. It serves as a watch, tracks workouts & hikes, & can also be worn as a backup to a dive computer while scuba diving.
If you hate shopping for toiletries or find it difficult to find travel sized items where you live, I encourage you to check out Pack Simply. You can choose from hundreds of travel sized products to create your own toiletry kit. All orders over $35 come with a free clear plastic toiletry bag. They have all sorts of stuff like shampoo, toothpaste, tiny loofas, over the counter medications, tissues, & more – all in convenient travel sized portions & all in one place. While I don’t use it for all of my toiletries anymore (like my hair products), they have tons of popular products that I have used & some that I continue to use when I travel! Its super easy & convenient! Some of the items cost a little more and some are a little less than you would find at other stores, but you are also paying for the service.
Check it out & see if it works for you!
I have also recently discovered a similar company called All Travel Sizes. I have not yet tried out their services, but it sounds very similar to Pack Simply & has good reviews. I am going to compare their selection/prices with Pack Simply & see if I want to try them out for the first time for this trip! At a glance, it seems like they have a little more of a selection – they even have snacks… interesting!
- SHAMPOO – Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath 2oz
- CONDITIONER – Innersense Color Radiance Daily Conditioner 2oz
- HAIR PRODUCTS – Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam 2.37oz, Innersense I Create Volume 2oz, Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel 2.5oz
- MICROFIBER TOWEL – Turbie Twist Hair Towel
- SOAP / BODY WASH – Not Sure Yet!
- FACIAL CLEANSER – Not Sure Yet!
- RAZOR – Gillette Venus Snap Razor with Case
- SUNSCREEN – Not Sure Yet!
- FACIAL SUNSCREEN – Not Sure Yet!
- LIP BALM – Not Sure Yet!
- DEODORANT – Secret Clear Gel Clinical Strength 1.6oz Trial Size
- SHAVING CREAM – Not Sure Yet!
- SHOWER CAP – Goody Shower Cap 1pk
- COTTON SWABS – Q-Tips Purse Pack
- TOOTHBRUSH – Colgate Folding Travel Toothbrush
- TOOTHPASTE BRUSHES – Colgate Wisp Coolmint Brushes Travel Pack
- TOOTHPASTE – Sensodyne Toothpaste
- DENTAL FLOSS – Not Sure Yet!
- RETAINERS & CASE – Invisalign
- NAIL CARE – Generic Mini Nail Clippers, Mini Nail File, & Nail Brush
- HAND SANITIZER – Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer
- SANITIZING WIPES – Clorox Wipes To-Go Pack
- BABY WIPES / BATH WIPES / MAKE-UP WIPES – Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes & Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Towelettes
- TISSUES – Kleenex On-The-Go Slim Packs
- DISPOSABLE VOMIT BAG – Blue Disposable Vomit Bag 1pk
- TOILET PAPER / PEE RAG – Kula Cloth
- FEMALE URINATION DEVICE / PEE FUNNEL – Tinklebelle Portable Female Urination Device
- MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS – Pixie Cup Luxe
- MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS – Thinx Period Panties
- MENSTRUAL CUP CLEANER – Pixie Cup Wipes
- FEMININE WIPES / BABY WIPES – Always Clean & Fresh Wipes To-Go
SHAMPOO – Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath 2oz
Many lodges & hotels supply shampoo, but my curly hair is fickle so I prefer to bring my own, but in a travel size bottle for space/weight. I recently switched to Innersense hair products at the recommendation of my stylist & because I like their use of organic/non-toxic ingredients.
CONDITIONER – Innersense Color Radiance Daily Conditioner 2oz
See notes under “shampoo”
HAIR PRODUCTS – Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam 2.37oz, Innersense I Create Volume 2oz, Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel 2.5oz
Curly Hair + Heat + Humidity = arsenal of travel sized hair products
MICROFIBER TOWEL – Turbie Twist Hair Towel
My high maintenance curly hair doesn’t do so well with normal towels, so I am bringing an easy to use, quick-drying microfiber hair towel that I also use at home.
SOAP / BODY WASH – Not Sure Yet!
At home I use body wash with a loofa or wash cloth, but for this trip we will be changing lodging every 1-3 days. When staying in one spot I swear by the tiny travel loofas, but I hate dealing with packing up a wet loofa, cloth, or soap, and I am not sure if wash cloths are a common thing to expect in a hotel or lodge in Tanzania. So I am considering purchasing a little tin full of small soap pieces from an Etsy Shop for this trip! (There are several Etsy shops to choose from.) If I go with my usual route, I will take a travel sized bottle of Everyday Hero Shower Gel from Rocky Mountain Soap Company. If you are a fan of non-toxic products, check them out!
FACIAL CLEANSER – Not Sure Yet!
I know not everyone cares, but I prefer to wash my face with something designed for faces as opposed to my usual body wash. At home I have been using Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Acne Facewash, but I can’t find it in a travel size & I have been considering trying something new. I have been really wanting to try Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser based on good reviews & their reputation for being a cleaner product. But that shit is expensive!! Even so… I may still splurge on a travel sized tube for my trip. I mean, it is my birthday!
RAZOR – Gillette Venus Snap Razor with Case
While I would prefer to get a wax (or even better – laser hair removal) before the trip, I will be traveling with this small travel-friendly razor for our time at the beach. I found my razor at Target, but you can also purchase one through Amazon.
SUNSCREEN – Not Sure Yet!
After having a skin cancer removed in 2010, I always make sure to use sunscreen. I prefer to use Reef Safe sunscreen, & many places are starting to require the use of reef safe sunscreens. I also try to use products that contain less chemicals if possible. I have a personal preference for lotion sunscreens over aerosol spray sunscreens, but you do you. Lately, I have been using Sun Bum products, so that is always an option. For this trip I am also considering Stream2Sea SPF 30 Sunscreen for Face & Body ($6.95 for 1oz) or Tropic Suncare Great Barrier Sun Lotion SPF 50 ($21.26 for a little over 3oz). I am leaning towards the Stream2Sea for price & because it appears to be formulated for both face & body – meaning less to pack. Plus, the Stream2Sea was recommended by the ecolodge in Indonesia we hope to visit in 2022, so I am confident it is safe for the environment.
FACIAL SUNSCREEN – Not Sure Yet!
I prefer to use a designated facial sunscreen for my face instead of the same sunscreen I use for my body. For daily use, I currently use Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 35 on a regular basis as a daily moisturizer & sunscreen. Sometimes I choose a product for higher SPF when I know I am going to the beach or location close to the equator. So, for this trip, if I place the order with Tropic I will get the Sun Day UV Facial Defense SPF 50 ($11.81 for 1/2 oz – ouch!), or if I place the order with Stream2Sea, I will use the SPF 30 Sunscreen for Face & Body ($6.95 for 1 oz) on my face as well! Or I’ll grab some Sun Bum Face 50 Sunscreen! ($12.99 for 3oz)
LIP BALM – Not Sure Yet!
I generally use Burt’s Bees lip balm – my favorite is the Pink Grapefruit, but they have an all-weather SPF 15 lip balm ($4.39) that I could pick up for the trip. I have also used the Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm ($3.99) – I love the key lime! I definitely want to take a lip balm with SPF. But I am mostly leaning towards the Coola Liplux SPF 30 ($12.00 at Sephora). It is more expensive but it has pretty good reviews & is supposed to be a “cleaner” product.
DEODORANT – Secret Clear Gel Clinical Strength 1.6oz Trial Size
At home I switch off between Secret Clear & aluminum free deodorants (so far Ive tried Native, Secret & Dove). But for going to the gym, I am finding it hard to give up regular antiperspirant/deodorant. So for this trip, I plan on packing a Secret Clear Gel Clinical Strength since I know I will be dealing with being hot & sweaty. I also came across a product I had never seen before – Secret freshies – a little round to-go deodorant. I am intrigued & may grab one of these also! And I will definitely pick up a few deodorant wipes from PackSimply (1pk wipe for $0.79) to keep in my bag for an easy refresh!
SHAVING CREAM – Not Sure Yet!
The easiest thing to do would be to pick up a 2oz Skintimate Shave Cream from Pack Simply Or AllTravelSizes. But I feel like my toiletry bag is getting a little ridiculous, so I may end up trying to make due with soap.
SHOWER CAP – Goody Shower Cap 1pk
I haven’t been using a shower cap at home, but for this trip I am going to pick up a Goody Shower Cap from PackSimply ($3.59) or AllTravelSizes ($2.03). It may end up being easier than using hair ties for showering, and they can also come in handy for packing dirty shoes or protecting a camera from dust.
COTTON SWABS – Q-Tips Purse Pack
I have a weird thing about water being in my ears, so I always have cotton swabs around both at home & when I travel. Q-tips brand have a purse pack, which has the swabs in a plastic container. Honestly, I just keep refilling the plastic container from my larger container at home. Or, if you decide to purchase some toiletries from PackSimply, they throw in a 5 pack of cotton swabs for free!
TOOTHBRUSH – Colgate Folding Travel Toothbrush
At home I use an Oral B electric toothbrush, but for this trip I do not plan on packing my bulky toothbrush in its rechargeable case. It will be one less thing to charge, and a regular toothbrush will take up a lot less room (and weight) in my luggage. Instead, I am taking a Colgate folding travel toothbrush. I have found them at Target for only $0.99 or PackSimply ($2.99 though).
TOOTHPASTE BRUSHES – Colgate Wisp Coolmint Brushes Travel Pack
I am also taking a pack of the Colgate Wisp Brushes – the little brushes with the toothpaste type gel in the middle. I find these things super useful when you are on the go. You don’t have to cart along your toothbrush/toothpaste/floss, & you can use them anywhere without water or rinsing.
TOOTHPASTE – Sensodyne Toothpaste
I like sensodyne toothpaste & plan to take a travel sized tube for my trip to Tanzania also. I hope to score a travel sized tube for free from my dentist at my next cleaning, but if not I have seen them at Target (2.7oz for $4.99) & on PackSimply (0.8oz for $2.99) / AllTravelSizes (0.8oz for $1.68).
DENTAL FLOSS – Not Sure Yet!
When I travel I take along whatever kind of dental floss I get at the dentist office after my cleaning. I also plan on taking a few of those little floss picks to throw in my backpack. I like Glide floss picks in Arctic Peppermint (75 for $3.99 at target), but you can find cheaper options out there. You can pickup individually wrapped floss picks on PackSimply for $0.29 each or AllTravelSizes for $0.12, but you are paying for convenience for sure. I also like the idea of these 6 pack travel cases I found on AllTravelSizes – I may get these! (I’m a sucker for organizational gimmicks!)
RETAINERS & CASE – Invisalign
I had braces as a child, but as I entered adulthood my teeth decided to start creeping back out of alignment. So a couple of years ago I went through Invisalign treatment & I still wear my final retainers at night. So I will be bringing my retainers & case with me on the trip. I don’t have to wear them every single night, but I wear them more often than not just to be safe!
NAIL CARE – Generic Mini Nail Clippers, Mini Nail File, & Nail Brush
I always travel with a small pair of nail clippers & a mini nail file. You never know when you will break a nail or have some kind of other nail accident. I like being able to tend to the nail without it continuing to catch on something & possibly get worse. I don’t use the nail clippers & file every trip, but I am always glad I packed it when I need it.
The nail clippers I have right now are some unnamed nail clippers that I think I picked up at a pharmacy. I plan on picking up a nail brush from AllTravelSizes based on the recommendation of Helen (HeleninWonderlust) & my nail file is something I already had & cannot remember where I picked it up. Sorry! If I end up getting a new one I will be sure to update the post!
HAND SANITIZER – Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer
A travel staple that has become even more important now that the novel Coronavirus has come into our lives is hand sanitizer. When traveling, there are times that washing your hands isn’t an option & hand sanitizer comes to the rescue. My favorite hand sanitizer for travel is the little containers from bath & body works. My favorite scent so far has been the Margarita, but I have not seen that recently. It was a nice scent that helped mask the alcohol smell without being too strong.
SANITIZING WIPES – Clorox Wipes To-Go Pack
I have always traveled with a pack of sanitizing wipes, and this is another item that has become even more important for everyone to take along due to the novel Coronavirus. I like to take along a travel pack of Clorox Wipes because they are designed to kill bacteria & viruses. They are hard to find right now, so if you see a pack – grab them! A lot of people use Wet Ones antibacterial wipes (& I have some in convenient single use packets for traveling), but they have not been tested in regards to killing viruses, only bacteria – so I prefer the Clorox disinfecting wipes at the moment.
BABY WIPES / BATH WIPES / MAKE-UP WIPES – Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes & Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Towelettes
Sanitizing wipes are great for eliminating germs on surfaces, but what about when you want to wipe down your body so you feel refreshed while traveling? What if you have an accident or need more than a tissue after a bathroom break in the bush? For this purpose I have used both Huggies baby wipes (16pk for $2.99 with PackSimply) & Wilderness wipes (12pk for $4.50 at REI). They are basically the same thing, non-alcoholic wipes with aloe and vitamin E that are easier on skin.
Another type of wipe that I travel with is a make-up removal wipe. My favorites are Burts Bees & Neutrogena. I actually have a bag full of individually packaged single use towelettes from Neutrogena that are perfect for traveling – so that’s what I will be using for this trip. If you like Burts Bees, you can purchase a small 10 towelette pack that would be easy for travel as well.
TISSUES – Kleenex On-The-Go Slim Packs
My go-to travel tissues are the Kleenex slim packs. I like them better than the more rectangular thicker packs for some reason. PackSimply sells individual slim packs (10 tissues in a pack) for $1.69 & AllTravelSizes sells them for only $0.90 each. But a better bargain can be found at Target, which sells a set of 6 slim packs (10 tissues per pack) for $2.39.
DISPOSABLE VOMIT BAG – Blue Disposable Vomit Bag 1pk
Yes, you read that right. I am taking along a disposable vomit bag (or two). I have had the unfortunate experience of being on the verge of vomiting in the customs line in Paris, in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, & a few other places. In those instances I was carrying around a vomit bag removed from a recent flight or a plastic ziplock bag… anything to make less of a mess if I got sick. But not anymore! After finding PackSimply, I have been able to take actual disposable vomit bags with me! Each disposable vomit bag is $1.49. After discovering these through PackSimply, I looked further and saw you could buy them on Amazon as well. But I thankfully don’t need 50 vomit bags (knock on wood) – so I go with PackSimply for this item.
TOILET PAPER / PEE RAG – Kula Cloth
In the past, I have always traveled with a small roll of to-go toilet paper. I have tried a few different brands including Charmin (which I can’t find anymore) & Coleman. In all honesty, I keep one of these in my purse when I go out for an extended period just in case I run into a no TP situation in a bathroom or port-a-potty. But now, my go to hiking bathroom accessory is a Kula Cloth! I found out about these by reading recommendation from others online & decided to give it a try. While it seems rather off-putting to carry this pee cloth around, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. And I honestly like not having to pack out used toilet paper. This will be my first time traveling with it, but I figure squatting behind a bush in the Serengeti can’t be much different than finding a tree while hiking in North Georgia.
FEMALE URINATION DEVICE / PEE FUNNEL – Tinklebelle Portable Female Urination Device
While we are on the topic of peeing, I am thinking about trying a pee funnel for the first time. A year ago I would have never thought about it, but my new found love for my menstrual cup has made me more open minded about all sorts of things. (The Kula Cloth mentioned above is another one of those things.) I’ve read many reviews of various funnels & I think I am going to try the Tinklebelle foldable funnel first. Similar to the menstrual cup, reviewers mentioned getting this before you intend to use it for real to practice. So I hope to get this soon & check it our before deciding if it will be something I add to my travel packing list. Apparently people who are avid rock climbers swear by these funnels & many people like them to use when hiking or just so they don’t have to deal with trying to hover over a disgusting port-a-potty seat.
While we are at it… lets keep on rolling with products designed to make it easier to deal with bodily functions!
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MENSTRUAL CARE PRODUCTS
In a moment of serious pre-planning, I actually changed up the products I use to deal with that time of the month with the Tanzania trip in mind. I went from using tampons & panty liners to trying out a menstrual cup for the first time based on the experiences of others who love to camp & travel. I plan to do a full post on it, but for the purpose of this list, here are the menstrual products I plan to take on my trip to Tanzania.
MENSTRUAL PRODUCT #1 – Pixie Cup Luxe
For dealing with my period during my trip I will be using a menstrual cup. I am currently using a Pixie Cup Luxe, but there are multiple out there to choose from. I switched to a menstrual cup because I find them much easier to deal with in general, but especially when camping/traveling. Depending on your flow, you can wear them for up to 12 hours. I personally love the idea of being able to go about my day without worrying about finding a bathroom repeatedly. I also like the fact that I can wash it off & use it again, eliminating the need to pack out any used tampons/pads/liners when I am hiking, camping, or when nature calls in the middle of Africa. I have also read that waste management in Africa is not what we are used to in the United States, and a lot of times the trash is collected & burned in a pile. I didn’t like the idea of someone having to deal with burning my used menstrual products, so the decision to bring a cup made me feel better about that too! I will probably throw a couple tampons & panty liners in my bag just in case, but I do not plan to use them.
MENSTRUAL PRODUCT #2 – Thinx Period Panties
For pre-period paranoia & lighter days, I love Thinx period panties! I could wear my menstrual cup for my entire period, but these panties are even less work than dealing with a cup. Some ladies wear the panties for their entire cycle, but that just isn’t my thing. I have several pair, and love them as a precaution when I am expecting my period & for lighter days at the end of my period. I will definitely be taking them to Tanzania.
MENSTRUAL CUP CLEANER – Pixie Cup Wipes
For cleaning out the cup at home, I use Pixie Cup Wash & the Pixie Cup Spa , but I do not plan on taking those things to Tanzania. For the trip, I am going to be using the Pixie Cup Wipes because they take up less space & are easier to throw in a backpack while we are out & about. I also always carry a water bottle with me, and I can rinse the cup with the water along with using a wipe. When I am at the lodge, regular soap & water will work just fine for cleaning the cup. I will sterilize it in my Pixie Cup Spa before I leave & when I return home.
FEMININE WIPES / BABY WIPES – Always Clean & Fresh Wipes To-Go
I will also throw a few Always Clean & Fresh wipes into my backpack just in case things get a little messy and I need to freshen up while on the go. Baby wipes are definitely another alternative, but I had some of these Always wipes on hand so I will use them for now.
First Aid & Medications
While your lodge or guide will most likely have a first aid kit, I would recommend taking your own just in case. You can go with a pre-packed kit (like this Johnson & Johnson to-go first aid box – which I have in my car) or make up your own. But taking you own means you won’t be left wanting for a specific product or even SOL if someone accidentally forgot to refill something. For this trip, I am packing up my own first aid/med kit in a funny bag that I found on Etsy!
Also, it needs to be said that I AM NOT A DOCTOR / MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. I am not trying to give you medical advice on what to take on your trip – for that, please use your own knowledge of your body & recommendations from your doctor. This is simply a guide to let you know what I pack/what works for me & maybe remind you of things you meant to add to your own packing list that work for you.
- INSECT REPELLANT – Repel 100 Insect Repellant
- BITE / ITCH MEDICATION – Benadryl Itch Stick
- TWEEZERS – Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezers
- ADHESIVE BANDAGES – Variety of Band-Aids
- ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT – Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment
- STOMACH MEDICINE – Imodium, Pepto Bismol, & Gas X
- ELECTROLYTES – Gatorade Powder or Nuun
- HEARTBURN MEDICINE – Pepcid Complete
- ALLERGY MEDICINE – Benadryl, Claritin D, & Flonase
- EYE DROPS – Opcon A Eye Drops
- PAIN MEDICATION – Tylenol, Aleve, & Midol (maybe AZO)
INSECT REPELLANT – Repel 100 Insect Repellant
At home, I prefer to use a DEET free insect repellant from Repel. But the concerns about mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria & dengue fever, & the fact that I seem to be a mosquito magnet, has me going with a DEET insect repellant for my trip to Tanzania. I am bringing along a 4oz pump bottle of Repel 100, and a smaller 0.475oz pen sized container of Repel 100 to throw in my backpack. This may be a bit overkill, but I’m okay with that for this trip.
I found this DEET information sheet from the CDC useful when choosing an insect repellant.
BITE / ITCH MEDICATION – Benadryl Itch Stick
As someone who is constantly getting bit by mosquitos, I love these Benadryl Itch Sticks. I will definitely be taking one to Tanzania even though I plan to do everything in my power to not get bit by mosquitos or tsetse flies. Benadryl also makes an itch ointment… I just happen to prefer these.
TWEEZERS – Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezers
I always travel with tweezers as part of my first aid/toiletry kit. You never know when you will need to remove a splinter or freshen up your eyebrows. It isn’t something I need very often, but these mini tweezers are small enough to stash in your bag anyway. When I have needed tweezers, I’ve been glad I had these on hand. I find tweezerman tweezers to be a good quality, and have the larger version at home as well.
ADHESIVE BANDAGES – Variety of Band-Aids
I have a hodge podge of bandages from different boxes that I will be taking on the trip. My go to brand for adhesive bandages is Band-Aid & I prefer the clear style of bandages. I really like the waterproof ones when I have a cut on my hands. I can’t stand wet band-aids! I plan on taking a variety of sizes/shapes as well. You just never know what will work best & they don’t take up much room.
I also have Crazy Cat Lady Bandages, because… well, I’m a crazy cat lady!
ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT – Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment
At home, I always use Neosporin antibiotic ointment. But for traveling, I picked up a box of individually portioned ointment on Amazon a while back. But, guess what – I just saw that AllTravelSizes has small packets of Neosporin! Whoo hoo! Since I am pretty sure any packets I have left from that box have expired, I am adding that to my list too.
STOMACH MEDICINE – Imodium, Pepto Bismol, & Gas X
I would be shocked if I ever found someone who never experienced some degree of stomach discomfort while traveling. So I always make sure I have a few different OTC options in my bag that I can choose from depending on the severity of the situation. For me, sitting on a toilet & missing out on amazing experiences, is just not an option. I always make sure to pack Imodium caplets (full on diarrhea), Pepto Bismol chewable (most stomach issues), & Gas X (gas – obviously). I have also heard of people recommending Travelan, but I haven’t tried it yet.
ELECTROLYTES – Gatorade Powder or Nuun
When I have stomach issues or throw up, I have found that I feel better faster when I replenish my electrolytes. I am taking a couple of packets of Gatorade powder or some Nuun – whatever I have around the house at the time of the trip, for this purpose.
HEARTBURN MEDICINE – Pepcid Complete
If you tend to suffer from heartburn, bring along some chewable Pepcid complete or bring along a roll of Tums. Even if you do not usually have heartburn, it may not be a bad idea to bring along something just in case new foods bring about any new issues!
ALLERGY MEDICINE – Benadryl, Claritin D, & Flonase
I am lucky to not general suffer from allergies, but when traveling my usual choices to bring are Claritin D & Flonase. You have to purchase Claritin D through your local pharmacy, but you can get regular Claritin & other allergy medications at many places, including AllTravelSizes. The Benadryl is also something I am throwing in the first aid kit as a precaution, but hope I do not need to use it.
EYE DROPS – Opcon A Eye Drops
I also travel with Opcon A eye drops. Luckily, they are sold in a tiny container & are easily carried along when traveling. As a blessed non-allergy sufferer, I don’t normally use eye drops, but they have come to my rescue a few times – like the time a gnat flew into my eye when I was hiking. So they will definitely be coming along to Tanzania. Allergies & bugs aside, I could see them being useful if ends up being really dusty too.
PAIN MEDICATION – Tylenol, Aleve, & Midol (maybe AZO)
When it comes to dealing with pain, I like to use different products depending on the type of pain I am dealing with, so I typically travel with 3 different pain medications: Tylenol, Aleve, & Midol. I generally refill a small travel tube or pill bottle with whatever I want to take. If you don’t need much, PackSimply, AllTravelSizes, & some other retailers have these & other medications in single dose packets as well.
I also read a blog where someone recommended taking some medication to combat the symptoms of a urinary tract infection until you can get to a doctor. Fortunately, I haven’t had a UTI in 20 years, but anyone who has ever had one will tell you it’s horrible. So, I can see where this is worth mentioning to people to consider taking along some of your UTI medications if you are prone to UTIs! I think I am going to put some AZO in my bag just in case.
- AMBER’S MAIN CAMERA – Olympus OMD EM1 Mark III
- BACKUP / UNDERWATER CAMERA – Olympus PEN E-PL7
- BACKUP CAMERA #2 – Olympus Tough TG-5
- CAMERA LENS #1 (WIDE ANGLE) – M. Zuiko ED 7 – 14mm, f2.8 PRO Lens
- CAMERA LENS #2 (VERSITILE) – M. Zuiko ED 12 – 100mm f4.0 IS PRO Lens
- CAMERA LENS #3 (TELEPHOTO) – Not Sure Yet!
- TRAVEL TRIPOD – Peak Design Travel Tripod
- CAMERA BATTERIES
- CAMERA BATTERY CHARGERS
- CAMERA STRAP – Not Sure Yet!
- LENS FILTERS – Not Sure Yet!
- CAMERA DUST COVER – Not Sure Yet!
- CAMERA CLEANING KIT – Not Sure Yet!
- OTHER CAMERA ACCESSORIES – Not Sure Yet!
AMBER’S MAIN CAMERA – Olympus OMD EM1 Mark III
I am currently saving my money to purchase a new mirrorless camera – the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark III. I prefer mirrorless cameras over DSLR cameras because of the reduced size & weight. I am choosing to switch to the Olympus camera from my Nikon 1 S2.
BACKUP / UNDERWATER CAMERA – Olympus PEN E-PL7
For a backup camera & underwater photography, I took an older model Olympus PEN camera. The latest version of this camera is the Olympus PEN E-PL10. This camera works great as a backup because it uses all of the same lenses as other Olympus cameras. There is currently an underwater housing & lighting that fits this model so the camera can be used to take photos while scuba diving.
BACKUP CAMERA #2 – Olympus Tough TG-5
I also think I will bring my small point & shoot style camera, the Olympus Tough TG-5. This camera holds up to drops, dust, and water. It is great to use when the weather is less than ideal & I also use it while snorkeling. Since it is small & doesn’t require anything other than its charging cable, I plan to bring this along as well.
CAMERA LENS #1 (WIDE ANGLE) – M. Zuiko ED 7 – 14mm, f2.8 PRO Lens
I love shooting with a wide angle lens. I enjoy getting landscape shots that really capture the big picture of a scene. So I am taking my favorite wide angle lens, the Olympus M. Zuiko ED 7 – 14mm f2.8 PRO.
CAMERA LENS #2 (VERSITILE) – M. Zuiko ED 12 – 100mm f4.0 IS PRO Lens
What I would call my go-to lens, or the lens I keep on our camera most of the time for its versatility, is the Olympus M. Zuiko ED 12 – 100mm f4.0 IS PRO Lens. Eventually, I would like to get another lens comparable to this one (the 40-150mm f2.8 PRO).
CAMERA LENS #3 (TELEPHOTO) – Not Sure Yet!
In addition to saving up for my camera, I am saving up for a telephoto lens. While I have my heart set on the soon to be released M. Zuiko ED 150 – 400mm f4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO Lens, I am pretty sure it will be outside of my budget. So, I will most likely end up getting the M. Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO. I am almost positive it will be less expensive than the newer telephoto lens through Olympus, and I have started seeing a few show up at our local used camera shop, KEH, from time to time. It would be awesome to get one there.
TRAVEL TRIPOD – Peak Design Travel Tripod
Since I do not yet have a tripod, I have my eye on a Peak Design Travel Tripod. There are two versions of the tripod, a carbon fiber version (which is lighter but more expensive) & an aluminum version. I am still trying to figure out which one I will we get, but leaning towards the less expensive aluminum version at this point. I like this tripod because of the size, weight, ease of use, the way the legs expand, stability & the movement of the head portion.
x4 Olympus BLH-1 Batteries (for main camera)
x2 Olympus BLN-1 Batteries (for the PEN camera)
x1 Olympus LI-92B Battery (for the Tough camera)
CAMERA BATTERY CHARGERS
x2 Olympus BCH-1 Battery Chargers (for the main camera batteries)
x1 an old aftermarket Universal Battery Charger
x1 Olympus F-5AC Battery Charging Cord (for the Tough camera)
MEMORY CARDS – Sandisk Extreme Pro 300mb/s SDHC or SDXC2 (32GB)
While I are taking a variety of memory cards that I already own, I am also purchasing at least 2 or 3 Sandisk Extreme Pro 300 mb/s SDHC or SDXC2 memory cards in 32GB size. My new camera has super fast writing speeds & I want to be able to take advantage of that with an upgraded memory card as well. I am choosing to take more cards in a smaller sizes (instead of one card with massive storage capacity) in order to reduce the risk of losing photos if something were to happen to a card.
CAMERA STRAP – Not Sure Yet!
Because I am apparently determined to keep Peak Design in business, I am hoping to get a Peak Design Leash camera strap. They also have a really neat Peak Design Clutch hand strap.
FILTERS – Not Sure Yet!
I know I would at least like to purchase a polarizing filter & a neutral density filter before I go to Tanzania. Since filters can vary in size based on the size of the lens, I have to wait to see which lens I end up getting so I can purchase the appropriate size filters.
CAMERA DUST COVER – Not Sure Yet!
On my wish list I have the (shocker) Peak Design Shell Camera Cover. But I also came across where someone used an inexpensive Shower Cap to help keep dust off of their camera. So I may pick up an extra one from PackSimply or AllTravelSizes when I place my order for this trip.
CAMERA CLEANING KIT – Not Sure Yet!
I want to pick up an inexpensive camera cleaning kit to take to Tanzania to help keep my cameras dust free. One of things that I really want the kit to have is a blower device to blow the dust off of it. I am considering the Altura Professional Cleaning Kit on Amazon.
OTHER CAMERA ACCESSORIES – Not Sure Yet!
I have a few things on my wish list that I would love to purchase or receive as gifts before the trip. But they are not necessities, so these things will have to wait to see if I have any extra money in the budget closer to the trip.
Think Tank Photo Filter Nest Mini (case for lens filters)
Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket (case for SD cards)
Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder 2 (case for batteries)
Scuba Diving Gear
Amber's Dive Gear
- SNORKELING CAMERA – Olympus Tough TG-5
- DIVE CARDS & LOG BOOK
- DIVE INSURANCE – Tin Leg Travel Insurance & DAN Diving Insurance
- SEA SICKNESS PREVENTION – Sea Bands & Dramamine
- MASK DEFOG – Stream2Sea Reef Safe Mask Defog 2oz
- DIVE / SNORKELING MASK – Oceanic Shadow Mini Mask
- DIVE REGULATOR / OCTOPUS / COMPUTER SETUP
- DIVE RASH GUARD & CAPRIS – Body Glove Cross-Over Swim & Active Wear
- THERMAL RASH GUARD – LavaCore Long Sleeve Shirt
- HOODED SWIM / SUN SHIRT – Prana Odea Hooded Sun Shirt
- BOARD SHORTS – Prana Silvana Board Shorts (Aqua Wave)
SNORKELING CAMERA – Olympus Tough TG-5
I am taking my small waterproof camera to use as a backup to my main camera & for snorkeling. It is not rated as a dive camera without an additional housing (which I don’t own), but I did not want the added weight of bringing my diving photography rig – my old Nikon 1 S2 digital camera with its dive housing.
DIVE CARDS & LOG BOOK
For diving you are required to show proof of dive certifications, so I will be taking my SSI Certification Cards & my dive log book as proof of my dive experience. I also take my log book because I enjoy getting a stamp from each dive shop I visit & recording notes about the places we explore while it is still fresh in my memory.
DIVE INSURANCE – Tin Leg Travel Insurance & DAN Diving Insurance
After comparing options using search tools such as Square Mouth & Insure My Trip, & reading reviews from other travelers, I opted to purchase our main travel insurance through Tin Leg. I decided to supplement that insurance with scuba diving accident insurance through Divers Alert Network as well.
SEA SICKNESS PREVENTION – Sea Bands & Dramamine
To help prevent sea sickness I will be wearing my Sea-Bands (acupressure wristbands), and also take a dramamine. I will also have some additional chewable dramamine with me because I always try to take the least amount possible, but don’t want to be stuck if the first dose didn’t work. This will be my first time trying the Sea-Bands, but the last time I went on a boat a non-drowsy dramamine worked perfectly.
MASK DEFOG – Stream2Sea Reef Safe Mask Defog 2oz
I am taking a small bottle of mask defog to help keep my mask clear when snorkeling & scuba diving. I was super excited to find this reef safe version from Stream2Sea in a 2oz size. This small travel size bottle will be more than enough during the trip.
DIVE / SNORKELING MASK – Oceanic Shadow Mini Mask
One of the main reasons Iwanted to be allowed to carry extra weight on the flights was so that I could bring some of my diving gear. One piece of gear that I am bringing is my favorite diving mask, the Shadow Mini from Oceanic. I love this mask because it fits great on my small head without leaking, which is super important to me. I can’t stand the feeling of water near my nose when diving. I know… I know…it’s kind of weird.
SCUBA REGULATOR / OCTOPUS / COMPUTER SETUP
While we could definitely just rent gear when we travel, I usually like to at least take my regulators when I can. I know that they are serviced & also… there is that whole idea of putting your mouth on something that is just yours. Of course rental gear is serviced & cleaned, but when you have your own gear you want to use it! My regulator is an older Mares Viper 12 model that they don’t make anymore & my octopus is the Mares Octopus MV. I love that regulator though – it has a smaller profile & the bubbles come out the side instead of the front. I have a basic air integrated dive computer. I do not yet have a wrist mounted dive computer, but I would eventually like to get one.
DIVE RASH GUARD & CAPRIS – Body Glove Cross-Over Swim & Active Wear
When I dive I tend to get cold easily, but our last several dives have been in the Caribbean, where the water was warm enough to dive without a full wetsuit. But I do wear a short or long sleeve rash guard & capri pants over my bathing suit when I dive for a little extra warmth.
THERMAL RASH GUARD – LavaCore Long Sleeve Shirt
When the water is colder, but not yet cold enough to wear my wetsuit, or sometimes so cold that I want something extra with my wetsuit, I wear my thicker lavacore long sleeve rash guard. I am not packing my wetsuit because it would take up too much room in our luggage, but I am taking this thicker dive shirt just in case.
HOODED SWIM / SUN SHIRT – Prana Odea Hooded Sun Shirt
When I get out of the water I love to throw on a thin sun shirt to warm up & have a little protection from the sun. Normal hoodies would soak up the water, but the sun/swim shirt material is perfect. My current favorite is the Prana Odea Hooded Sun Shirt. I have it in black – which sounds crazy, but like I said… I use it to warm up after diving. And it goes well with my other bathing suits & rash guards (which are mostly teal & black).
BOARD SHORTS – Prana Silvana Board Shorts (Aqua Wave)
For after diving or just other activities at the beach, I have a pair of mid-length teal board shorts that I purchased from Prana this past spring. They are currently my favorite pair of board shorts & I typically throw them on over a bikini. I also have a longer black pair of board shorts from Volcom, but I don’t plan on packing those this time.
Amber's Miscellaneous Items
- CELL PHONE & CHARGER – iPhone
- E READER & CHARGER – Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
- PLUG & VOLTAGE CONVERTER – Odoga Voltage Converter 220v – 110v
- TRAVEL JOURNAL & PENS / MARKERS – Tremundo Journal & Various Pens/Markers (see below)
- MINI PLAYING CARDS – Bicycle Mini Playing Cards
- HEADPHONES – Not Sure Yet!
- LAUNDRY SOAP – Tide Sink Packs
- WATER BOTTLE – Not Sure Yet!
- HEADLAMP – Zebralight Headlamp
- SNACKS – Not Sure Yet!
- EAR PLUGS – Happy Ears
CELL PHONE & CHARGER – iPhone
I am bringing my cell phone for multiple reasons and not because I expect to make any calls while I am in Tanzania. My phone does give me peace of mind in the event of an emergency, even though we will very seldom be without a guide. My cell phone will also serve as a backup camera in the off chance that something happens to my main camera. I am downloading song playlists & podcasts to my phone to enjoy during siesta or long car/plane rides. My phone also has a backup copy of all of my important travel documents, tickets, & lounge passes. And finally, I will use it to catch an Uber to/from the airport while in Dar es Salaam & in the States.
E READER & CHARGER – Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
I love to read & I absolutely love books. It took me a long time to reluctantly buy an e-reader, but this Kindle Paperwhite supposedly mimics the look of a book. Regardless, this thing has been wonderful for traveling. It is small, lightweight, & easy to use. It is even waterproof so I can read by the pool or beach without worrying about damaging a book.
PLUG & VOLTAGE CONVERTER – Odoga Voltage Converter 220v – 110v
Many electronics chargers (like the ones for our phones & cameras) have built in voltage converters, but I would at the very least need have an adapter to make our American style plugs work in Tanzanian outlets. Plus, I am also concerned about having enough time & space to charge all of my devices. I have heard that some lodges only have electrical outlets in the main area – meaning everyone staying there will be trying to use those same outlets. This device does triple duty – it is a voltage converter, a plug adapter, & works like a power strip with 4 USB & 3 traditional outlets in one unit.
TRAVEL JOURNAL & PENS / MARKERS
So I am a total geek for office supplies, and I love bullet journaling & making my own travel journals for big trips. For this trip, I am using a journal from the Tremundo Journals shop on Etsy. I am using it to write down all of the important information about our trip, our itinerary, a few Swahili words, animals I hope to see during my trip, etc. I am taking it for reference & to journal during my trip, along with some Crayola Super Tips markers (picked to match the colors in the Tanzanian flag), Pigma Micron pens & Tombow markers. Even if you don’t journal, make sure to bring a pen to fill out your immigration forms!
MINI PLAYING CARDS – Bicycle Mini Playing Cards
I picked up a mini pack of bicycle playing cards on Amazon for only $1.99. I thought they could come in handy on the long flights or sitting around in the evenings after a game drive without taking up a ton of space or weight in my luggage.
HEADPHONES – Not Sure Yet!
I have a really nice pair of Bose over-the-ear style Noise Cancelling Headphones that I take with me every time I travel. However, doing a little research on our international flights, it looks like KLM provides similar headphones for passengers to use in business class. Therefore, I am considering leaving mine at home to open up some luggage space & just bring my Apple AirPods in case I want to listen to music or podcasts during the rest of the trip.
LAUNDRY SOAP – Tide Sink Packs
Due to religious/cultural reasons, the lodges in Tanzania do not wash undergarments as part of their laundry services. While they will provide you wish some laundry detergent to wash your own undergarments in the sink, I decided to bring along some Tide sink packets. They come in sets of 3, so I purchased 2 sets. But, I will most likely only take 4 of the packets instead of all 6 packets.
WATER BOTTLE – Platypus 70oz Water Bottle (maybe)
Instead of taking my usual water bottle (an 18oz yeti rambler bottle that a coworker powder coated red), I am considering picking up a Platypus 70oz collapsible water bottle from REI for this trip. It packs flat & weighs a hell of a lot less than an insulated yeti water bottle. My hesitation comes from the fact that we will be traveling with guides & staying at lodges that include most of our meals. I would assume that bottled water will be readily available – so why pack something I won’t need? I just always travel with a water bottle & carry a water bottle around in my daily life, so it feels strange not to take one.
HEADLAMP – Zebralight Headlamp
In addition to a Zebralight flashlight, I am bringing a headlamp that uses the same batteries as the flashlight. I will have this just in case I need to walk between the main lodge & the tent/room at night & the area is not well lit, like when we are in the Serengeti. I am sure there will be flashlights available, but since I already own this, I am bringing it just in case. Plus, I figure a headlamp will be easier to use than trying to hold a flashlight if nature calls in the bush during a night game drive!
SNACKS – Not Sure Yet!
While I am quite excited about trying all sorts of new food in Tanzania & there will be more than enough food available, I always travel with a few snacks. Just something like a couple of bars or some snack mix to throw in my backpack in case I want an extra snack while traveling from one place to another. They can also come in handy if I am not feeling well during a mealtime, but feel up to eating at some random time later.
EAR PLUGS – Happy Ears
I also plan to take my Happy Ears ear plugs with me to Tanzania. While I don’t expect to wear them that often while in country, I may wear them on the plane. I have heard that sometimes the animal sounds can be disrupting to sleep, but I think that sounds like an awesome part of the experience. We will see if that holds true once I get back – if not, I will have these ear plugs! I like Happy Ears because of the small size & soft feel. I am not a fan of sleeping in ear plugs, but I can actually tolerate these.
More Miscellaneous Items
- POWER BANK – RavPower Portable Power Bank
- BINOCULARS – Not Sure Yet!
- FLASHLIGHT – Zebralight Flashlight & Extra Battery
- MINI EMERGENCY REPAIR KIT – Making Our Own
- KNIFE – B. Goode Custom Knife
- TABLET – iPad
- CELL PHONE – iPhone
POWER BANK – RavPower Portable Power Bank
I also travel with a Ravpower portable power bank in case I need to charge any electronics while on the go. I would definitely recommend bringing something like this just in case you aren’t able to charge all of your electronics at your lodging due to lack of time or outlets. I have been using the RavPower portable power bank for several years now with no issues.
BINOCULARS – Not Sure Yet!
I am considering bringing binoculars on the trip to help spot & view animals/birds. However, when we were out looking at options we spoke to someone who had recently been on safari in Tanzania, & he said his telephoto lens was sufficient for him. But I have also read where people said binoculars were a must have for them. If I do decide to take binoculars, I am pretty sure I will purchase Nikon Travelite 8×25 ($99.95) due to size, weight, & price.
FLASHLIGHT – Zebralight Flashlight
Since I am spending several nights in a tent in the Serengeti, I’m bringing a Zebralight flashlight & an extra battery for when I walk between the main lodge & our tent after dark. I am sure the staff will have flashlights, but I also like to be prepared just in case.
MINI EMERGENCY REPAIR KIT – Making Our Own
Again, probably not necessary, but I am also taking along a mini repair kit. It will include a few zip ties, a small roll of duct tape, small sewing kit, etc. Just little things that may come in handy if something gets torn or broken. This is a mini version of what I take when I go hiking, but for this trip I will be mainly traveling in vehicles & be with a guide 98% of the time so my larger emergency/survival kit seemed overkill.
TABLET – iPad
If you like to watch movies instead of reading while traveling, consider taking along a tablet/ iPad with a few movies downloaded. Since I didn’t want to have to carry my laptop on this trip due to the weight, I purchased a SD card reader for the iPad so that I can use it as a backup for photos. That choice saves on weight & makes me feel more comfortable in the off chance something happens. I would rather risk damage/theft of a less expensive tablet than a computer.
I hope this detailed packing list helps you when you are trying to decide what to pack for your own epic trip to Tanzania or similar safari adventure. Don’t forget you can always use our printable packing list!
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