What to Pack for a Safari

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Choosing what to take with you to a multi-day safari is not such a straightforward task.

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Sure, there are the more obvious items such as long pants to protect your feet from bug bites, a sturdy pair of boots, and a waterproof jacket. And if your camp has a swimming pool, a bathing suit goes without saying.

If you're doing your safari trek in between your stays at a more luxe hotel, like the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari for instance, Instead of bringing your regular carry-on, pack everything in a sturdy duffle bag––they weigh way less than your average hard shell suitcase and are easier to carry around in this situation.But if you are going to be spending several days in a camp in the middle of a national park in Africa, you should also pack a few not so obvious items such as a small flashlight, extra batteries for your camera, a power strip, a pair of really good binoculars (pack a pair for each member of your family if you don’t want to miss on any of the action), and a DEET-based bug spray. Make sure your camera is water- and sand-proof and practice taking photos of fast-moving objects before you head out to the actual safari.

Check out our list of safari essentials to bring with you on your next African adventure.

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Courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Loro Piana Davin Cotton & Silk Safari Pants

Made from a lightweight silk and cotton blend, these pants are the epitome of comfort featuring a relaxed fit and an elasticized waistband.

To buy: $850, saksfifthavenue.com


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Mackage Melita Water-Resistant Jacket

This water-repellent jacket will keep you warm if you opt for an early morning or night safari. It features a removable drawstring hood, adjustable snap cuffs, and a zippered bib.

To buy: $390, neimanmarcus.com


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Diemme Monfumo Suede Ankle Boots

These lightweight Italian-made hiking boots are handcrafted from supple suede. They reach just above the ankles so they will keep your feet protected from insects.

To buy: $396, net-a-porter.com


Courtesy Village Shop

Akubra Territory Fur Felt Australian Western Hat

This hat is an Australian classic made to withstand anything nature throws at it. It is made from high-quality pure fur felt and has ventilation eyelets, chin straps, and a cool leather hatband.

To buy: $165, villageshop.com


Courtesy eBags

Filson Medium Rugged Twill Duffle Bag

This is *the* bag you want to bring with you on a safari––it’s made from water- and abrasion-resistant twill and has a security storm flap. It is made with airline carry-on requirements in mind, so you'll never have to check it.

To buy: $395, ebags.com


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Maui Jim Sunny Days Sunglasses

The lenses on this pair of Maui Jim sunglasses deliver maximum contrast even in bad weather. They are best used for fast action activities and objects and are scratch and solvent resistant, so you don’t have to worry about the sand ruining them.

To buy: $329, mauijim.com


Courtesy REI

ExOfficio BugsAway Woven Bandana

This bandana may be one of the most practical items you’ll bring with you. The fabric has been treated to repel insects and bugs, it's perfect for protecting your face from the sand if it gets windy, and if you get too hot, simply soak it in water and wrap it around your neck.

To buy: $12, rei.com


Courtesy Mytheresa

Ganni Leopard-Printed Swimsuit

Show off your wild side in this chic leopard print one-piece swimsuit. The sexy design includes a deep V-neckline and a self-tie neck.

To buy: $160, mytheresa.com


Courtesy Bloomingdales

Rag & Bone/Jean Camo T-Shirt

Don’t forget to pack a couple of those camouflage tees made from breathable Pima cotton.

To buy: $115, bloomingdales.com

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