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    1. Sturdy,
    2. comfortable walking shoes,
    3. closed toe,
    4. preferably waterproof
    5. Tennis shoes,
    6. sandals,
    7. dressy shoes,
    8. and/or flip flops
    9. Comfortable,
    10. breathable socks


    1. Suitcase or duffel (20kg/44lb max for internal flights)
    2. Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
    3. Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and gear (ziplocs work)
    4. Packing cube, compression bag, clear toiletry bag for airplane
    5. Money belt, security pouch, document organizer


  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
  • Video camera, tapes/disks
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone
  • Batteries
  • GPS (for Geocaching)
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity adapter


    1. Games, toys, books
    2. Swim toys
    3. Gifts for local children
    1. Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
    2. Belt
    3. Pajamas
    4. Swimsuit (and cover up for women)
    5. Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
    6. Clothes line, sink stopper, detergent


  1. Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.
  2. Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  3. Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  4. Short-sleeved shirts
  5. Long-sleeved shirts
  6. Undergarments, socks
  7. Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
  8. Rain jacket and pants or rain poncho
  9. Sun hat with brim and chin strap

  1. Strong binoculars
  2. Quality camera with long lens
  3. Wide brimmed hat with strap
  4. Animal and bird guide books
  5. On your safari, take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack: sunglasses, camera and video (lenses, batteries, disks, tapes), binoculars, water, snacks, bandana, hat, wet-wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
  6. Camping safaris: Sleeping bag

  1. Soap
  2. Shampoo, conditioner
  3. Shaving supplies
  4. Nail clippers, file, brush
  5. Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  6. Deodorant
  7. Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  10. Hairbrush, comb, mirror
  11. Small towel and washcloth
  12. Toilet paper
  13. Facial tissue
  14. Sunscreen
  15. Lip balm with sunscreen
  16. Insect repellent
  17. Q-tips
  18. Sewing kit
  19. Feminine products
  20. Cosmetics

  1. You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
  2. Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen
  3. Bandaids/plasters
  4. Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  5. Gauze bandages and tape
  6. Throat losenges
  7. Vitamins
  8. Diahrea medicine
  9. Antihistemines
  10. Ace bandage
  11. Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  12. Malaria pills (talk to doctor)
  13. Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
  14. Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)

  1. Document organizer
  2. Passport
  3. Visas for all countries as necessary
  4. Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  5. Copy of Almak Tours' travel itinerary
  6. Medical insurance card
  7. Address book
  8. Business cards
  9. Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), travelers checks' numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or Google Docs).
  10. Yellow fever certificate and vaccination records

  1. Swimsuit and cover-up
  2. Beach sandals
  3. Reef shoes (for sharp rocks and coral)
  4. SCUBA/snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)
  5. Underwater camera

  1. Sunglasses with straps
  2. Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  3. Binoculars
  4. Pocket knife
  5. Notebook, pencil and pen
  6. Playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, books, frisbee, football, kite
  7. Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  8. Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  9. Matches or lighter
  10. Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  11. Guide books, maps, language books
  12. Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  13. Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  14. Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)
  15. Steripen, water filter, iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
  16. Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and markets

  1. U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  2. Books, magazines, e-reader
  3. Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
  4. Snacks
  5. Water bottle (empty through security)
  6. iPod, MP3 player and headphones
  7. Cell phone
  8. Eye shades, ear plugs
  9. Melatonin or other sleep aid

  1. Shoes, t-shirts, hats, warm clothing
  2. Nerf football, frisbees
  3. Candy, energy bars
  4. Pens, school supplies