Equipment for African Safari

Remember: You will primarily be in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Just dress like those guys in the old timie movies! :-)

Clothing:

Footwear:

Headwear:

Technology:

Food and Snacks:

Toiletry kit:

Small first aid kit with stuff:

Must Have Medications:

Highly Recommended Medications:

Money pouch for:

Optional Items:

Duofold Varitec Long Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

The first time I tried out a Duofold shirt, I was surprised at how it performed considering how little it cost. It's a great way to build up your gear quickly without spending all your money on some big brands advertising!

Basic base layer shirt. A staple in my pack.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along specifically for those hot days where I might just want a t shirt in the water. I actually didn't use it but its always good to have just in case.

Duofold Varitec Short Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

Any kind of non cotton shirt will do. Poly Pro, or wool, whatever.

wigwam ultimax cool lite hiker socks

II usually use Smartwool socks, but I've heard great things about this sock. They have a very thin top layer so that your feet can breathe with a very thick underside to absorbe sweat and shock.

lightloads towels

The Last climb I was on somebody pulled out this little disc and magically a little towel came out! I was amazed. And when I saw it in its compact form and realized how lightweight it was, I was highly impressed. This time I'm bringing a few to test them out on my own.

Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

I really like this balm. Its very much like "Unpetroleum" that i took on Alaska trip and loved.

Grand Canyon Notes: Do not forget to bring lip balm on this trip. You will regret it if you do.

Mt Rainier Notes: If you have never been on a glacier in the middle of the summer, you can't really understand how important it is to have lip balm. I buy these 6 at a time every time I go to the camping store. I avoid chapped lips at ALL costs.

Wet Ones Travel

It really doesn't matter which moleskin you choose. Personally, I like the thin moleskin, especially since I start applying it as soon as i feel even a hotsot. I never wait until i develop a blister so i rarely ever develop one. But i use moleskin almost every day of a hiking trip and remove it at night to air out the hot spot.

Grand Canyon Notes: Since water will be so sparse on this trip, I'll bring a pack of these for my outback shower!

El Potrero Notes: Anytime you are in Mexico, bring wet ones. They rarely have toilet paper in any of the bathrooms, so having these hand is nice.

Packtowel Camp Towel

Bottom line, this is not ever an optional item. I have to have at least one on my trips. It's really water absorbant but rings out like a shammy and packs away dry right after you've used it on your whole body!

El Potrero Notes: Bring a camp towl because they don't have them readily available at the Posada.

Grand Canyon Notes: I'll bring my small towel just so I can wash my face, or if I want to go down to the river.

Nalgene Water Bottle

These bottles are indestructible and supposedly, they don’t promote bacteria growth or hold odor. In every picture I see of someone camping or on a mountain, I see them holding a Nalgene bottle. I’m not even sure they have any competition they’re so well entrenched. And what makes them even better is most water filtration systems are built specifically to fit Nalgene bottles!

I always wrap some clear and some gray duct tape around my bottles. First, it helps to tell whos they are and it also is an easy way to keep duct tape which is the most important item you can take on a mountain! It fixes everything from blisters to leaky tents. I always bring 3 liter bottles for summit day. I also sometimes bring an extra to pee in if im too lazy to get out of the tent! just be careful. Aim smart.

EMS Superwick T

This is a lightweight polyester shirt that is highly breathable and quick drying. It wicks moisture away from the body and comes in a fe different colors. I actually picked up a long sleeve and a short sleeve. They were great as a first layer in the jungle.

Iliniza Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t-shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Grand Canyon Notes: It gets hot down there in the canyon, so bring a lightweight t shirt.

Soloman Raid Pro X

This is the third pair of Salomon Trail Runners I've bought and they sure won't be the last. The best part is the quick lace feature that keeps them tied tight and eliminates the need to tie your laces!

Oyacache Notes: I absolutely love these things. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots). I didn't use these on the trek because it was too wet. And I didn't use them on the mountain because I only wanted to carry one pair of boots or shoes. But I did use them on the training climb and on the day hikes and they were really comfortable.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I absolutely love these things. I did all of my hikes in these. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots).

rei convertable sahara pants

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

EMS Adventure zip off pants : $50

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Definately bring at least one pair. I personally brought 2 pair. While I never unzipped tham on any of my hikes, others in my group did on the one hike I didn't do, because it got so hot.

ex officio buzz off hat

Once again, you need gear that performs. And nothing is more important than keeping the mosquitos off your "kitchen" (thats the back of your neck!). But you just look like your on safari and thats what its all about. lol

Campmor Trekmore Travel Shirt

This is a general travel shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up and buttoned. It's made of a lightweight quick drying material. But it has a collar for the distinguished british gentleman.

Tanzania Safari Notes: If you're going to go on safari, you can't just wear the same old stuff! You gotta look like the pictures. So i picked up a couple of travel shirts from Campmor. they've got button downs for keeping those sleeves rolled up and they have a ventilated back to keep you cool. Well, as cool as you can be next to a freaking Lion!

eagle creek undercover security belt

Just a waist belt for my passport and money. It worked well on my Ecuador trip. On this trip it worked very well too. It carried my yellof fever certificate, my passport, my travelers checks, money, credit card, airline tickets and license.

aloe gator sunblock

I like gel sunblock better than the normal lotion kind because I tend to sweat a lot and it lasts much longer. I also use bullfrog but couldn't find it this time around in the camping store.

Julbo Nomads

The Julbo Nomads are my favorite shades because of how closely they wrap around my face and their low profile. What I also liked about them was that they have plastic clip on side sheilds rather than the botton on leather ones.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I forgot them in the tent on summit day! But they worked great every other day!

Madawaska Notes: I went back and forth between using shades and not. in the end, I found that what i really wanted was just somehting to stop water going in my eyes, but clear. I'll get something for next time.

Grand Canyon Notes: Even though it was really bright, I usually don't use sunglasses unless I am driving or riding my bike. On this trip, I just squinted a little the whole time! :-) But I carried them the whole way just in case I needed them.

nikon n60 body

35 mm camera

Nikon F401 Film Camera

A few years ago I got into photography a little bit, and I bought this camera used. It was a good deal and has worked well for me.

Iliniza Notes: I'll tell you. This was my first mountain and I could not believe how heavy this thing was. Next time, I will only bring a point and shoot up on the summit bid!

nikon 28mm

wide angle lens

nikon 28mm

wide angle lens

Nikon Travelite c 10 x 25

These were nice and small and realtively inexpensive. I checked out the zeiss brand in the same focal length, but couldn't swing the $300 increase in price even though they were a really nice peice of equipment. I chose the 10 x 25 because they were much less shaky than the 12 x 25's and they weren't that different in magnification.

Canadian Rockies Notes: While I didn't bring my binocs on the trip, If I could do it all over again, I would bring them along. There are a good deal of things far away that would have been interesting to see up lose. For instance, the huge elk we spotted on the way down from the trail leading from the iceline trail to Whiskey Jack Hostel.

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