What To Pack When Travelling To Africa

Travelling to Africa, you might have a few different purposes for your journey, and with the different purposes will also raise the question of what to take.

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If you plan on visiting just one country in Africa, the solution becomes fairly simple and you can pack for the region you intend on staying in, however if you plan on moving through different regions, there are a number of factors which will determine what you need to pack.

The Weather

Africa is huge, and has an extensive variety of climates including tropical rainforests, humid sub-tropical, Mediterranean, savannah, dry steppe, desert, highland and marine. In Africa, the weather is extremely diverse depending on the region, and can range from the record low of -24°C, to the record high of 57.8°C.

Travel Light

The rule of travelling is to take as little as possible depending on the climate and the time of your travel. A safe list of clothing to take is below, to get you on your way

Long-sleeved shirts/blouse


Swim gear


Light long pants – this will be essential for keeping insect bites to a minimum


Travel towel or sarong

Full brim hat and insect net attachment depending on your travels

Set of Cotton socks – you can never have too many clean socks

Well broken in hiking boots

Trainers/runners or slip on shoes

Sandals or thongs

As many pairs of cotton underwear as you can fit

Insect repellents

If you are planning on hiking the likes of Kilimanjaro, you will need to pack for mountain climbing, snow and ice, and if you are planning on spending more time in the desert pack for it. Do some reading or find out exactly what your guides recommend for your travel.

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South Africa’s weather can get very cold in winter, so the further south you plan on venturing the warmer you will want to stay.

Lastly, do not forget to visit your Doctor/GP and ask advice for vaccinations before going to Africa.

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