What to pack for a trip to Africa it’s always a hard packing session as I always want to take too much just in case I’m far away from everything and need essentials. I have traveled across countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa and did a lot of different activities, from trekking in the mountains to just relaxing at the beach. I want to help you with your packing, so hopefully it’s easier for you than it was for me when I packed!

The backpack I used for my travels in Africa was the Caribee Jet Pack 75L and I use it for long travels because it’s very comfortable even when it’s super full and it’s easy to move around in case the path it’s rocky or dusty just like in many areas of Africa.


So, what have I packed for my trip to Africa? 

Africa Packing List


  • Dresses
  • Skirts (at least 1 long)
  • Long cotton pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Light hoodie
  • Jacket (waterproof)
  • Scarves (culture and weather)
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pyjama
  • Bikinis


  • Flip-flops
  • Sandals
  • Trainers
  • Short heels (totally optional)


  • Canga (works as beach towel)
  • Toilet towel medium
  • Purse
  • Umbrella
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Small travel detergent (for hand washing)
No need to pack a lot of items – use the dry cleaning shops – it’s cheap and quick or hand-wash as things dry from one day to another in Africa.


  • Small containers for: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodorant, body lotion (restock in the hotels or buy new ones when finish)
  • Sunscreen (I used factor 50 during my trip)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Make –up bag (OPTIONAL): face cream, eye cream, foundation SPF 30, compact powder, bronze powder, eyeliner, eye-shadow, lipstick/lipbalm, tweezers, small mirror, cotton wool, tonic/make up remover.
  • Accessories bag: earrings, necklaces, bracelet, hair elastics, bobby pin, hairbrush.
  • Nail bag (nail file, nail polish remover, nail polish)
  • Epilator
  • Tampons


This is probably the most important part on this list. Even if you think you will not get sick, think again. I normally take this Kit with me for trips longer than 10 days or outside Europe (being the nurse that I am!!) but never really used it. But this time was different, I was so weak with Gastroenteritis (tummy bug) that I even needed re-hydration salts that I only bought it as a precaution never thinking I was actually going to need it. So, this is my list I really recommend you being strict on this one.

  • Medication: ibuprofen, paracetamol, Imodium, laxatives, anti-sickness pills, oral re-hydration salts, anti-septic cream, malaria tablets (optional)
  • Vaccines: Yellow Fever (Some countries require you to present the yellow fever card on entrance) and Hepatitis A are the main ones recommended. Other vaccines that I took: Boost of Tetanus and Boost of Diphtheria.
  • Band-aids
  • Gauze
  • Scissor
  • Thermometer
  • Mosquito repellent –  IRF 4 with 50% DEET
  • Toilet paper


  • Phone
  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Portable charger
  • Camera (I use the 100D Canon alternating with 2 lenses, the 70-300mm to close up and the 18-55mm to shoot wide pictures)
  • GoPro 4
  • Selfie-stick
  • SD cards x6
  • Travel adaptor


  • Passport + Copies
  • Passport photos
  • Visas – You can get some visas in advance online like the East African Visa (valid for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda)
  • Flight information/tickets
  • Hotel information/ reservations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pencil/pen
  • Hand wash sanitizer
  • Guidebook
  • Maps
  • Small toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Inflatable neck pillow
  • Cash/cards
  • Snack Food
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye cover
  • Tissues
  • Baby wipes
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