Africa packing list

The Ultimate Africa Travel Packing List

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There are so many travel destinations in Africa that your packing list varies depending on where exactly you are going and what type of activities you wish to do in respect with how short or long the trip will be. It is recommended that you limit your packing list to only items that you will use regularly. Generally, here are the things you should consider packing while travelling to Africa:

Travel Documents

Once you have confirmed the itinerary, you will need to bring together all the required travel documents. These may include:

  • Passports (with visa entries)
  • Credit cards
  • Photocopy of visas/passport/insurance papers
  • Cash and traveller’s cheques
  • Airline tickets
  • Health cards

The Ultimate Africa Travel Packing List


Even if you have packed one big suitcase, it is recommended that you have a small hand backpack. It will help you gather all the necessities together. For example, if you plan on going out for walks, swimming, and other activities, it will help you carry your gadgets, swimsuits, sunglasses, etc. with you.

The Ultimate Africa Travel Packing List

Hiking Shoes or Boots

In Africa, you will often find yourself walking for adventure e.g. trekking to the top of the mountain, etc. So, it is recommended that you have comfortable shoes for walking around. You will also need other pair of shoes e.g. sandals, flip flops, trainers, etc. to relax your feet after a long day in the boots. It is recommended that you pack at least 2 pairs of shoes depending on the days you plan to stay.


Most countries in Africa have hot weather, so you will need the right clothing e.g. long-sleeved shirts, shorts, khaki trousers, etc. You should also consider packing gears and raincoats as the weather is sometimes unpredictable. Here are the items you should consider packing for your Africa travel packing list.

  • Hat
  • One pair of casual trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Nightwear
  • Two t-shirts
  • One long sleeve shirt
  • Three short sleeve shirts
  • Four pairs of sport socks
  • Two pairs of safari shorts
  • Two pairs of safari trousers
  • Fleece jacket/sweatshirt/sweater
  • Jacket/windbreaker



To keep track of your adventures in Africa, you need a camera as well as a pair of binoculars to spot various interesting features. Spare batteries, adapters, chargers, and other accessories are also key items to pack. Here are some other items you should consider packing:

  • Small scissors (not in hand luggage)
  • Pocket knife (not in hand luggage)
  • Alarm clock
  • Converter plug set if required
  • Flashlight
  • Prescription glasses
  • Sunglasses/case


Toiletries and Other Supplies

There are a lot of toiletries and other supplies to remember to bring with you on your trip. It is recommended that you pack your favourites in advance and use the following list of items to make sure that you haven’t forgotten any of the essentials:

  • First aid kit
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Hand lotion
  • Tweezers
  • Electric/hand razor
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Prescription drugs
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Pen/paper
  • Books/magazines/journal
  • Day pack
  • Money pouch

A trip to Africa is bucket list-worthy as it has it all, from beaches to rugged mountains to safaris, and more. It is important to pack the right things to make sure your epic, highly anticipated African adventure goes as smoothly as possible.

Also, read 10 countries you need to visit in Africa 

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