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The Ultimate Safari Packing List

All the clothing, shoes, and accessories you need for your safari adventure.

A safari tour is a bucket-list vacation for many travelers — and it's a type of trip that requires a little bit of specialized packing. After all, you can't just pop by the store to pick up any forgotten items when you're in the bush.

While many camps might have some spare supplies that you can borrow, it's important to head into this type of journey as prepared as possible. That's why we spoke to experts to put this broad safari packing list together, covering the essentials for clothing, shoes, accessories, and bags (because you might not be able to bring your normal suitcase!).

Use this guide to gather everything you'll need for your safari trip, and also be sure to pack other typical travel essentials, such as your passport and other necessary documents, toiletries, and more.

Packing Checklist for a Safari

Here's everything you need to pack for a safari with our top pick for each item. Use this as a checklist and read more about each of Stefanie Waldek's reconmendations here.

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October 4, 2022

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PAUL “BOWIE” MADIGOSKY
Pacific Crest Trail

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Brown’s gear list considered weight and functionality above all else. With the goal of traveling as fast as possible, every ounce was considered.

Jeff 'Legend' Garmire
Sawyer Ambassador

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Permethrin is a highly effective insecticide that can be used as a first line of defense against biting insects. It is highly toxic to a whole spectrum of insects, including black flies, mosquitoes, and ticks.

Rachel Shoemaker
The Trek