Preparing for an African safari involves advanced planning and preparation. Booking the trip and planning your itinerary can sometimes seem easier than figuring out what to wear! Safari clothing is easy to pack. A lot of companies offer safari specific clothing lines that can be rather on the expensive side of things. You should be able to pack most of your safari clothing from what you already own, depending on the colors involved.
You will be most likely to experience warm days and plenty of sun, most of the year round. So, pack shorts and t-shirts and make sure to put in plenty of sunscreen. A hat with a wide brim is a very good idea to keep the sun off your face, ears and neck, and one with a mosquito net is fantastic. Sunglasses should also be packed if you wear them.
Depending on which places in Africa you plan to travel in, the nights can be extremely cold. Make sure that you pack in anticipation of this with long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or pants. Pullovers are a must, and if you take two or three you can rug up if it gets really cold. A warm jacket is a handy addition to your safari clothing packing, especially if as it will keep rain off of you if you get caught out in one of Africa’s notorious downpours.
If you are sure you will not run into colder temperatures, it is however still important to pack long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or pants. In warm weather the long sleeves and pants can keep mosquitoes off, preventing bites that can transmit diseases such as Malaria.
The color of your clothing matter a great deal with packing for a safari. You should try to keep to earthy colors, like khaki, beige, browns and olive. Bright colors can affect animal behavior and attract unwanted or even dangerous attention to yourself. Your goal should be to go unnoticed and blend with the natural surroundings of the African landscape.
Footwear is also an important factor of packing clothing when preparing your African safari clothing. The footwear you bring should be made for activity and comfortable. High heels and flip flops are seriously not good. Sandals are a maybe, even though some are quite solid for hiking. Closed shoes with good traction and comfort are highly recommended.
Choosing and packing African safari clothing is not about brand names. It is about choosing the right kind of clothing that will best prepare you for all the climates you will encounter, the bugs, and any physical activities you have planned. If you are well prepared in advance, then you will be able to really enjoy your African safari vacation to the fullest extent. If you are an experience outdoors man you will most likely have most of what you will require already in your closet.