Top tips for travelling
One of my pet-hates is traveling with lots of stuff! There’s nothing worse than wrestling with bulky baggage or having heavy bag straps constantly slipping off your shoulders. I try to travel with only one piece of check-in luggage and one carry-on item. Even when going on a roadtrip, I limit myself in this way because I know it will save me hassles. And boy, once kids come into the picture it gets really challenging! So here are some packing tips to save you hassles when coming to Africa.
First things first
The first thing you have to decide is what you simply CANNOT go without. For me, it’s my glasses and contact lenses so I pack those first. Maybe you are on medication or you have a baby so a baby carrier is a must. Everything else can most likely be bought at your destination so it’s not the end of the world if you forget toothpaste. Go through this process for each family member – our eldest loves to read so we have to take a few books wherever we go.
Invest in a decent suitcase
Ok…I am guilty here…I have a real cheapy suitcase but it’s really lightweight and that’s what matters for now! On my wish-list is a leather duffel bag. The last thing you want to do while on safari is struggle with a heavy bag…and look like you’re in the wrong place. If you are doing a fly-in safari take note of the maximum weight allowance. You don’t want to be forced to unpack your bag and leave some items at the airport! If you are travelling as a family, it really helps that every family member has his or her own suitcase. It may sound obvious but things get misplaced so easily. This way, everyone’s belongings are organised and contained (at least at the start of the trip!).
Mix and match
Pack t-shirts and tops that don’t crease easily and roll them up to save space. Also pack some washing powder so you can wash your delicates and t-shirts so you don’t have to take so many. I try to stick to neutral colours so it’s easier to mix up my look.
I love my jeans, they are so versatile and you can wear it no matter the weather really (just roll them up on a hotter day). Because they are quite bulky in a suitcase, I wear them when flying. But skinny jeans and jeggings are quite lightweight so they don’t really take up more space than another item would,
Scarves are a great addition to your travel wardrobe. Wrap them around your neck or shoulders on those chilly evenings and they can be used as a sarong for those hot beach days. They are also handy to wear to the pool for a midday swim. Bonus: just add as a belt to jazz up an evening outfit.
Decant shampoo and conditioner in reusable travel-size bottles or buy shampoo bars. I want to try make my own so I’ll let you know how it goes! If you are like me and have duplicate products (like roll-on, one in my handbag and one in the bathroom), make sure you only pack one. You don’t have to throw your skincare routine out the window while travelling! Take only the essentials when it comes to make-up – I generally just pack some foundation and mascara. Sometimes I have my lashes tinted before the trip which is so convenient!
Sunblock, a hat, camera, binoculars, sunglasses, lip balm, good walking shoes (squish your socks in your shoes when packing), hair bands, bug-spray, swim suit, flip flips, journal.
Looking forward to seeing you in Africa!
“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”