Hand Luggage Only: 11 Essential Items for a Safari

One of our favourite travel blogs Hand Luggage Only has traveled to South Africa and - very usefully - listed their 11 essential items to take, should you ever find yourself going on a similar trip of a lifetime!
We are very happy to see Jurni make the list, alongside insect repellent with DEET and binoculars.
The Jurni is, "easily one of the most exciting pieces we’ve come across" writes Yaya. "We got asked about it so much on our trip! It comes with multiple compartments (save rummaging around for little bits and pieces that always manage to get lost in our suitcases) but that’s not the best part – the best part is that you can use it to sit and glide wherever you are on it.
"With a long haul trip like the one we did to South Africa (and for shorter haul budget airlines, come to think of it), the ability to do this is just amazing – no more walking around the airport to look for seats."

What else made the Hand Luggage Only boys' list? Sorry those of you who prefer to avoid chemicals - they reckon insect repellent with DEET is a must-have.

"Granted South Africa doesn’t really have a malaria or mosquito problem like the rest of Africa but this insect repellent is for more than just mosquitos. They are so many other flies (some of which can sting you) that the insect repellent comes in handy when you’re out and about on safari."

The right clothes are necessary too - don't think it's going to be all sunshine and that all you need are bikini tops/t-shirts and shorts...

"You would think being South Africa and with it most likely being sunny when you plan to visit, all you’d need are warm clothes (wouldn’t blame you if you did too. I did before we visited). Well, as it turns out, the mornings are fairly chilly. Especially when you’re driving around in an open top car before the sun comes out.

"When it comes to safari clothes, you need to become a layering maestro. Dress for the cold in the mornings. Similarly in the evenings, dress for the hot sunny afternoons and subsequently layer up as you go along. To be fair, you’ll probably have blankets anyway on safari but just in case, pack in a nice wooly jumper with your swimming shorts/bikini."

Here's the full essential 11 items Hand Luggage Only recommends:

  1. Jurni hand luggage
  2. Insect repellent with DEET
  3. Zoom lens
  4. The right clothes
  5. Water proof bag
  6. Sunscreen
  7. A hat
  8. Antihistamines
  9. Anti-malaria medicine
  10. Adapter
  11. Binoculars


Head over to Hand Luggage Only to read the full post!


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