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If you've never been on a safari, it can be hard to know what to pack apart from clothing that's suitable for hot, humid weather. The most preparation you might have done thus far is booking a flight and making sure all your additional vaccinations are up-to-date. Aside from suitable clothing, what else is needed?

What should you wear on a safari?

While the khaki trousers and tops might seem stereotypical, there's actually some logic to them. This type of clothing can help you avoid scaring off the animals you drive past while also allowing you to blend into the background.

Aside from colour, comfort is also hugely important. Driving around in hot weather will leave you feeling hot and exhausted, so breathable cotton is always advised. If you're staying for over a week, light fabrics such as cotton are also very quick-drying, which means any freshly-cleaned laundry can be on quick rotation.

Essential items to pack for your safari holiday

If you're hoping to take pictures of the animals you spot on your travels, it's also wise to invest in a camera with a long-range zoom lens. If you're hoping to get a close-up on a tiger's face, then an iPhone camera might not cut it. Making sure any equipment is covered by safari travel insurance is a good precaution to take out and may be beneficial in case of loss or damage. If you don't have the money for an expensive DSLR, then just a pair of regular binoculars will make sure that you don't miss out on the wildlife that isn't within immediate viewing range.

As you're going to be in a hot country, packing sunscreen is an absolute essential to prevent sunburn and long-lasting sun damage. Bringing strong mosquito guard is also recommended – regardless of whether you've taken your malaria medication or not.

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