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Tanzania Packing list

Your safari is booked and you’re ready to go, but now it’s time to pack. Packing for your Tanzania Safari can be a bit overwhelming but the OTR Team has you covered!

General Packing List

  • In general, pack lightly. Leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Soft sided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle.
  • Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well.
  • In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carryon luggage.
  • If taking a domestic flight luggage weight restrictions range between 15-20 kgs (33-44 lbs.) total per person.

Footwear

  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof. They will get dirty.
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
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  • Small hand towel (spare item)
  • Roll of toilet paper (for some public restrooms)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand-wipes
  • Lotion
  • Glasses, contacts, solution
  • Comb, mirror
  • Shampoo (without heavy fragrance)
  • Unscented Deodorant (use cologne/perfume sparingly, if at all, in case it might attract bees or other insects)
  • Passport (with visa stamp or completed visa application with $50 or $100 US cash, exact change)
  • Yellow fever certificate (REQUIRED if traveling from or through an endemic zone – refer to Medical Tips)
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Address book
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Band-Aids
  • Bandages and tape
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Anti-malaria pills
  • Antibiotics
  • Insect repellent
  • Antihistamines
  • Lip balm with sunscreen o Prescription drugs

Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton. Layers work best! You will want active wear for daily activities and casual dressy clothes for evening.

  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments, sports bra
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket and/or rain poncho
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit and cover
  • Belt
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access + rain cover
  • Waterproof/plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, toiletry bag, foldable shopping bag
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
  • NOTE: A carry-on bag on most flights is limited to 22″ x 14″ x 9″.

Store electronics in sealed waterproof bags. Remember to set the date and time on your cameras.

  • Cell phone, cord, plug, headphones (check on international charges)
  • Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
  • GoPro, camera, video camera, SD cards, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Tripod (travel size), selfie-stick
  • Air Tags
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Electrical adapter

Take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack:

  • Binoculars
  • Camera + disks, batteries, lenses, tripod, cleaning cloth
  • Video camera, cell phone, Go Pro, etc.
  • Water
  • Snacks + to share with guides, other travelers, etc.
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Passports
  • Money
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Hat
  • Bandana
  • Hair binder
  • Jackknife
  • Magazines/books/headphones/kite/frisbee
  • Safari notebook + pen
  • Safari wildlife book
  • Swimsuit and cover-up
  • Beach sandals
  • Reef shoes (for sharp rocks and coral)
  • Scuba card
  • Waterproof camera
  • Passport, flight e-tickets, AWR travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
  • Cell phone, headphones
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Kleenex, wet wipes
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Compression socks

Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year. Due to the high altitude on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater it can be cold at night (even in summer) therefore it is very important to pack warm clothing for the nights.

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