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What to Pack for a Safari

by  Lauren Dana Ellman | Jul 23, 2019
Traveler on a safari
Traveler on a safari / Zephyr18/iStock

You’ve booked your safari trip, but now what? Planning for this bucket-list-worthy adventure can be overwhelming. The good news? It doesn’t have to be if you know what to pack. Here are nine essentials to bring on your safari and help you stay ahead of the game (pun-intended). 

1.  A Stylish Hat to Protect From UV Rays

This handy wide-brimmed hat is wide enough to block the sun’s harmful rays as you spot wildlife and take in the beauty of your surroundings. The best part? It’s fashionable, too. Buy it now

2.  These Practical Shades That Shield the Sun 

Protect your eyes from the sun’s rays with these polarized aviator sunglasses; the lenses are scratch-resistant and durable. They also help to reduce glare, so no need to squint to capture the perfect shot of the elephants. Choose from 10 colors. Buy it now

3. A Pair of Pocket-Sized Binoculars to Enjoy the Best Views 

Enjoy close-up views of your favorite animals in the wild with these compact, lightweight, and waterproof binoculars that will easily fit in your pocket. Buy it now

4. This Set of Fuss-Free Mosquito Repellent Bracelets

These foolproof bracelets will protect you from mosquitoes for up to 350 hours per bracelet. They’re also water-resistant and made with all-natural ingredients. Buy it now

5. A Reusable Rain Poncho for When Mother Nature Strikes

Picture this: You’re enjoying a nice game drive and admiring the rhinos and giraffes, when, all of a sudden, it starts to downpour. Avoid getting soaked by packing this light-as-a-feather rain poncho, which easily slips over clothing and provides multiple wears. Buy it now.

6. An Ultra-Comfortable Pair of Sneakers

Naturally, you pack comfortable and practical sneakers when traveling -- and this is especially true when you’re embarking on an action-packed safari. This pair by Nike are made with comfortable mesh, a padded tongue, lined fabric, and a thick outsole. Buy it now

7. A Digital Camera for Taking Postcard-Worthy Snaps 

If there’s ever a time to use a non-smart phone camera, it’s on safari. That’s where this Sony digital camera, which captures both photo and video, comes in. Added bonus: it’s complete with the company’s SteadyShot image stabilization technology, which reduces blurriness. Buy it now.

8. This Fold-Up Backpack for Stress-Free Storage

This backpack by Paravel zips completely flat, which makes it the perfect accessory to bring along your safari adventure. Plus, the durable cotton shoulder straps and top handle are strong enough to handle daily wear-and-tear without adding bulk. Buy it now

9. A Multifunctional and Portable Water Filter System 

This water filter can be used directly as a straw filter or inlined with the included water bottle. The set also comes with a backwash syringe. Buy it now

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