What to bring

on your safari

How we pack our bags for safari: comfortable meets durable. You’ll want casual attire you can move around and relax in—and don’t mind getting a little dirty. Once you book your safari, we’ll mail you a detailed packing list to help you prepare. In the meantime, here’s a shortlist.

Your packing list


  • Soft-sided duffel bags only
  • Soft-sided day pack
  • Spare foldable duffel bag


  • Short- and long-sleeve shirts for layering and sun/mosquito protection
  • Shorts; convertible, lightweight zip-off pants; and khakis
  • Fleece or insulated jacket for cool nights at Ngorongoro Crater or in the Serengeti
  • Waterproof windbreaker or poncho
  • Wide-brim, tie-on sun hat
  • Bathing suit for lodges with pools
  • Sleepwear


  • Running, walking shoes, or light hiking boots
  • Second pair of shoes or sandals
  • Shower flip-flops/Teva-type sandals


  • Travel documents, including a valid passport with visa, immunization card (if traveling to Rwanda/Kenya) and airline tickets
  • Cash and a credit card for emergencies
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses (100% UV screening with retainer straps)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 40+
  • Mosquito repellent containing DEET
  • Citronella-based repellent for tsetse flies
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Bandanas
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Bath kit, including toothbrush and toothpaste; body wash; moisturizing lotion; small packet of tissues; shaving gear; tampons and panty liners—please avoid plastic tampon applicators
  • Binoculars
  • Money belt, neck pouch or fanny pack
Are you booked on a Thomson safari? If so, ask your trip manager for a printable packing checklist.