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What to pack for Africa


    The backpack I used for my travels in Africa was the ‘Caribee Jet Pack 75L’ and I used it before for long travels because it’s very comfortable even when it’s super full!


    What to wear on my trip to Africa?


    • 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


    • Canga (works as beach towel)
    • Toilet towel medium
    • Purse
    • Umbrella
    • Hat
    • Sun glasses

    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 have used factor 50 during my trip
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Make –up bag: 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 (I like to use this small plastic bags that you see in the image below): earrings, necklaces, bracelet, hair elastics, bobby pin, hairbrush, hair straightener (I didn’t really use it).
    • Nail bag (nail file, nail polish remover, nail polish)
    • Epilator
    • Tampons

    First Aid Kit

    • Medication: ibuprofen, paracetamol, Imodium, laxatives, anti-sickness pills, oral re-hydration salts, anti-septic cream, malaria tablets (optional)
    • Yellow Fever Vaccination card (depending which countries you are going)
    • Band-aids
    • Gauze
    • Scissor
    • Thermometer
    • Mosquito repellent –  IRF 4 with 50% DEET
    • Toilet paper


    • Phone
    • Laptop
    • Headphones
    • Portable charger
    • Camera – I used 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

    Hand Luggage

    • 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

    Safe travels!

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