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5 Things to Pack for Africa

5 Things to Pack for Africa

Author -  Nikki Addison

5 Things to Pack for Africa

We'll help you out with what to pack for your trip to Africa. 

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DSLR Camera

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A good rule of thumb is always bring a camera when travelling. For Africa, you’re going to want a decent DSLR camera so that you can get the perfect shot of all the stunning animals in their natural habitat – not to mention the breath taking scenery. We advise bringing a spare memory card so you don’t have to worry about running out of storage space. Don’t forget your battery charger and a good camera bag, too. 

 

Mozzy Spray

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This is one item you definitely don’t want to forget. Not only are bug bites – especially mozzie bites – itchy and irritating, they put you at risk of catching a disease. Purchase a bottle of our special Mozzy Spray, which is small and easy to carry in your day bag. Apply it to any exposed skin multiple times throughout the day and again before bed. Ideally, you’ll wear clothing that covers the skin so you have added protection. Avoid wearing perfume, too, as this can attract those pesky bugs. Most accommodation in Africa will have mosquito nets over the beds to give you peace of mind while you sleep, too.

 

Binoculars

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Whether you’re safari-hopping or sightseeing, binoculars are going to come in handy. Buy a mini pair with a cord that you can hang around your neck, making it easy to whip them up and hone in on Africa’s beautiful wildlife and scenery. If you’re planning on doing night safaris, investing in a pair of binoculars with a built-in light is a good idea. If nothing else, you can use it to read or write on the drive back.

 

Lightweight Clothing

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Clothing needs to be taken into consideration when going to Africa. Your everyday clothes won’t suffice, nor would the clothing you take on trips to Aussie or America. If you’re going on a safari or doing a bit of self-exploring, you’ll want to pack clothing in natural colours like beige, tan and khaki. Avoid bright colours and white, as animals will be able to spot you easily. While the weather can get pretty hot, wearing lightweight long pants and tops will protect you from getting burnt and can actually be more cooling than singlets and shorts. Invest in a pair of cargo pants or similar, and some loose, breathable long-sleeves. Don’t pack any synthetic fabrics like viscose or polyester, as these will trap the heat and make you sweat more. Aim for 100% cotton. It pays to look into the clothing politics of the area you’re planning to visit, as some resorts do have dress codes. 

 

Hat and Sunnies

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Heatstroke is a real thing, and wearing a hat and sunnies is one of the best ways to prevent it. Skip the headaches, nausea and disorientation by protecting your head and face. Remember to bring a hat in neutral tones if you’re scouting for animals. You can’t go wrong with a khaki bucket hat!

Our Africa Volunteer Programs are a great way to have everything organised for your adventure in Africa.

5 Things to Pack for Africa

We'll help you out with what to pack for your trip to Africa. Here's the 5 most important things to take.

5 Things to Pack for Africa

We'll help you out with what to pack for your trip to Africa. 

International Working Holidays Packing for Africa.jpg

DSLR Camera

International Working Holidays Africa dslr camera.jpg

A good rule of thumb is always bring a camera when travelling. For Africa, you’re going to want a decent DSLR camera so that you can get the perfect shot of all the stunning animals in their natural habitat – not to mention the breath taking scenery. We advise bringing a spare memory card so you don’t have to worry about running out of storage space. Don’t forget your battery charger and a good camera bag, too. 

 

Mozzy Spray

International Working Holidays Africa night.jpg

This is one item you definitely don’t want to forget. Not only are bug bites – especially mozzie bites – itchy and irritating, they put you at risk of catching a disease. Purchase a bottle of our special Mozzy Spray, which is small and easy to carry in your day bag. Apply it to any exposed skin multiple times throughout the day and again before bed. Ideally, you’ll wear clothing that covers the skin so you have added protection. Avoid wearing perfume, too, as this can attract those pesky bugs. Most accommodation in Africa will have mosquito nets over the beds to give you peace of mind while you sleep, too.

 

Binoculars

International Working Holidays binoculars Africa.jpg

Whether you’re safari-hopping or sightseeing, binoculars are going to come in handy. Buy a mini pair with a cord that you can hang around your neck, making it easy to whip them up and hone in on Africa’s beautiful wildlife and scenery. If you’re planning on doing night safaris, investing in a pair of binoculars with a built-in light is a good idea. If nothing else, you can use it to read or write on the drive back.

 

Lightweight Clothing

International Working Holidays Africa clothing.jpg

Clothing needs to be taken into consideration when going to Africa. Your everyday clothes won’t suffice, nor would the clothing you take on trips to Aussie or America. If you’re going on a safari or doing a bit of self-exploring, you’ll want to pack clothing in natural colours like beige, tan and khaki. Avoid bright colours and white, as animals will be able to spot you easily. While the weather can get pretty hot, wearing lightweight long pants and tops will protect you from getting burnt and can actually be more cooling than singlets and shorts. Invest in a pair of cargo pants or similar, and some loose, breathable long-sleeves. Don’t pack any synthetic fabrics like viscose or polyester, as these will trap the heat and make you sweat more. Aim for 100% cotton. It pays to look into the clothing politics of the area you’re planning to visit, as some resorts do have dress codes. 

 

Hat and Sunnies

International Working Holidays tourist gear.jpg

Heatstroke is a real thing, and wearing a hat and sunnies is one of the best ways to prevent it. Skip the headaches, nausea and disorientation by protecting your head and face. Remember to bring a hat in neutral tones if you’re scouting for animals. You can’t go wrong with a khaki bucket hat!

Our Africa Volunteer Programs are a great way to have everything organised for your adventure in Africa.
5 Things to Pack for Africa

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