Botswana Packing Guide

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The Okavango Delta - Botswana

Over-packing easily heads the list of biggest travel mistakes. Some Airlines will allow only one bag / per passenger, weighing up to 23 kg in the hold. Passengers arriving with extra bags will pay heavy.

Essentials Visas, tickets, passport, money, etc, in a neck wallet or money belt
Toiletries, Soap (in a plastic bag) Shampoo,Toothpaste, Toothbrush Contact lens and spare glasses, Razor, Hair care equipment (brushes, comb, blow dryer) Makeup [Light].
Binoculars - a good pair for game viewing

Bear in mind the following:
Most safari camps / lodges and hotels provide basic toilet amenities
Laundry can be done on a daily basis (and many camps provide this service free of charge but hotels do charge a nominal fee)
Mainly casual clothing is requiredAs no formal clothes are needed throughout most of southern Africa, we recommend that you limit your luggage to the basics. More formal attire is usually required only when staying in the more prestigious city hotel establishments or on any of the luxury trains. On a game safari, casual clothing is the order of the day.

Other: Lots of patience, A good attitude, A friendly smile and enjoy

Suggested Clothing & Equipment

We recommend that you take comfortable, casual, wash-and-wear clothing such as short sleeve shirts and shorts for the summer months.

Good walking shoes or boots are also advised

White and bright colours should be avoided

During the winter months a windproof jacket is advisable.

Please take soft bags as these are easier for packing in the vehicles and Charter aircraft.

Evening dresses are not necessary.

Luggage is restricted to 12kg maximum per person for travel to Botswana in charter flights

 

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Packing Check List - for you to choose from

BEFORE YOU GO:
Passport   Traveler's Checks   Airline Tickets   Student cards  
Visas   Credit Cards   Health Documentation   Emergency Info  
Visit Doctor   Foreign Currency   Extra ID   Photocopies of important documents  
Insurance Info   US or €  Cash   Int'l Driver's License  

HEALTH CARE NEEDS:
Band Aids   Antiseptic Toilettes   Calamine Lotion   Malaria Pills  
Adhesive Tape   Antibiotic Cream   Sunscreen:   Antacid  
Bandage   Insect Repellent   Tweezers   Foot Powder  
Birth Control   Antihistamine Cream   Scissors   Aspirin  
Diarrhea Medi   Multi Vitamins   Cold Medicine   Tampons/Pads  

WASH KIT
Soap   Washing powder - for clothes   Towel  
Shampoo   Shaving Kit   Contact Lens Preparation  
Deodorant   Toothbrush & Paste   Lotions/Skin Creams  
Mirror   Sink Stopper   Comb/Brush  
Toilet Paper   Q-Tips   Fingernail Clippers  

CLOTHING:    Think light, durable, breathable & layers - cotton, wool, silk & polypropylene. 
1x Sun hat   2 long sleeved shirts:   underwear and socks  
1 tracksuit   5 T-shirts   swimming costume  
1 sweater   2 pairs or jeans / trousers   1 pair of sandals  
1 warm jacket   3 x pairs of shorts   1 pair of good walking shoes  

SOME BASICS
Plastic Zip-Lock travel Bags   Money Belt/ Neck pouch for Passport   Camera & Accessories  
Padlock/Keys   Tickets & Cash   Padded Case  
Luggage Tags   Binoculars [ Good pair]   Lenses  
Water Purifier or Iodine Tablets   Extra Batteries   Film - lots of it  

MISCELLANEOUS:
Sleeping bag   Travel Alarm/Watch   Calculator  
Flashlight & Extra Batteries   Sunglasses/Case/Strap   Journal  
Candle   Voltage Converter   Pen  
Water Bottle   Swiss Army Knife   Reading Materials  
Door Jammer   Lighter/Matches   Bird and animal books  
Travel Hair Dryer   Plastic bag for dirty cloths   Travel Guides/Maps  
Rain gear (advisable from Nov to April)   Round pin plug adapter - 220 volts  

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