Botswana Packing Guide

Print and tick this Packing Guide List for a African Safari to 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

Packing Check List – for you to choose from

BEFORE YOU GO:

Passport

Traveller’s Cheques

Airline Tickets

Student Cards

Visas

Credit Cards

Health Documents

Emergency Info

Visit Doctor

Foreign Currency

Extra ID

Photocopies of Documents

Insurance Info

US, Euro, Rands, Cash

International Drivers License

Photocopies of Documents

HEALTH CARE NEEDS:

Band Aids

Antiseptic Toilettes

Calamine Lotion

Malaria Pills

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

Asprin

WASH KIT:

Soap

Washing powder

Towel

Shampoo

Shaving Kit

Contact Lens Prep

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.

1 x Sun Hat

2 Long Sleeved Shirts

Underwear and Socks

1 x Tracksuit

5 x T-Shirts

Swimming Costume

1 x Sweater

2 x Pairs of Jeans/Trousers

1 x Pair of Sandals

1 x Warm Jacket

3 x Pairs of Shorts

1 x 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 Batteriese

Memory Cards – Lots

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 & 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