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Safari Packing Checklist

Use this cheat sheet to remind yourself of what you need to pack.

Accessories

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    Backpack

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    Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots

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    Glasses and/or contact lenses, if needed (bring an extra pair, too)

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    Safari or sun hat

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    Sunglasses

Clothing

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    Clothing in neutral colors (avoid bright colors and whites, which can distract animals)

Equipment

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    Batteries for small electronics and cameras

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    Binoculars

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    Camera (and film, if needed)

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    Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop

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    Headphones for watching in-flight movies

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    iPod

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    Mosquito netting (browse adventure retailers such as rei.com for options)

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    Reusable water bottle

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    Small compass

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    Video camera

Health and Beauty Items

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    Antibacterial wipes

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    Body lotion

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    Comb and brush

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    Contact lens solution, if needed

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    Deodorant

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    Face cleanser

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    First aid kit, including gas-relief tablets, antacid, antidiarrheal medicine, antihistamine for allergies, bandages, candied ginger for motion sickness, mild laxative, non-aspirin pain reliever, thermometer in a hard case

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    Floss

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    Insect repellent

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    Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15)

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    Malaria tablets

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    Personal-hygiene items

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    Prescriptions

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    Razors

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    Shampoo and conditioner

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    Shaving gel

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    Soap

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    Sunscreen (at least one all-purpose sunscreen with SPF 15)

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    Toothbrush

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    Toothpaste

Miscellaneous

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    Addresses of friends and family for postcards

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    ATM cards (check to see if your bank has international ATM locations to avoid high fees, and let your bank know you’ll be traveling abroad before you leave)

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    Bird and animal guidebooks

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    Contact information

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    Credit cards

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    Driver’s license

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    Health-insurance card (check to see if your health-care provider has an overseas partner, and consider locating a medical facility near where you’ll be, in case of emergency)

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    Healthy snacks (chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels)

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    Local guidebooks

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    Maps (try randmcnally.com)

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    Money belt

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    Money conversion chart

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    Passport

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    Photocopies of passport

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    Photograph of luggage contents in case of loss

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    Printouts of reservations

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    Translation dictionary

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    Travel journal

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    Travel pillow and blanket

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    Vaccination certificate

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    Ziploc bags for stowing small liquid containers at airports