In addition to a thorough packing process we recommend that you begin your journaling (Long Grass Journals) as early in the process as you can. All the details of planning are as much a part of your safari adventure as the actual trip. Years from now as you look back and reminisce, all the details of your planning and preparation will enrich your memories of the experience.
1) Take everything you will need (don't plan on buying it there) but know the luggage
size and weight limits
a) This is especially true if you will be flying in a small plane for part of your trip where
the weight limits average 33lbs
b) A good rule to follow is: take what you need, but pack as light as you can
2) Pack compartmentalized (clear plastic bags within bags) so you know where items are
and can find them easily. A proven packing technique used by Craig Boddington is to use:
a) a daypack from Texas Hunt Co. as a carry on that you
can also use as a day pack
b) a waterproof, dustproof duffel for most of your clothing and gear, and
c) a gun case from SKB, Americase or TuffPak for your rifle and sticks.
3) Expect good but plan for bad.
a) Carry your original paperwork in your carry on with copies in your luggage.
b) Check with your carriers to learn the proper routine for following up on lost luggage.
c) Know how to use your cell phone in country.
d) Having a GPS or compass can help keep you oriented.
Packing Tips we have learned along the way:
• Pack your belt along the perimeter of the interior of your bag.
• Roll your socks and stuff them inside your shoes
• Compartmentalize when you pack using clear plastic bags
• Put your original paperwork in your carry-on
• Put copies of your paperwork in your luggage
• Having a GPS or compass can help keep your oriented during your adventure
• Contact lenses are difficult to use on safari due to the high amount of dust be sure to pack eyeglasses
• Set up an email account with hotmail or Gmail that you can access from any computer
so that you can communicate with those back at home
• Scan copies of all of your paperwork and send it to yourself at this new email address
so you will be able to access it as a backup in case your paper copies are lost
• You may find that you can email some pictures to your home email as a backup for your pictures