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Tanzania Packing List

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Packing Advice

  • This packing list is just a recommended guideline for your reference. Everything is optional for you to choose from.
  • Extra luggage can be left at your hotel or our office.
  • It's best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Print a copy of your reservation and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.
  • More packing advice >>

Clothing

Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferrably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.

  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket and/ or rain poncho
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (optional)

Footwear

Your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferrably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks

Baggage

  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer

Electronics

Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, memory disks
  • Video camera, tapes/disks
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity converter/adapter

Safari

  • Strong binoculars
  • Quality camera with long lens
  • Wide brimmed hat with strap
  • Animal and bird guide books
  • 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.
  • Camping safaris: Sleeping bag

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, gel
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deoterant
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics

First Aid

You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen
  • Bandaids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat losenges
  • Vitamins
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (if necessary, talk to doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)

Documents

  • Document organizer
  • Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after your trip)
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary
  • Medical insurance card
  • Address book
  • Business cards
  • 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 store in Cloud).
  • Yellow fever certificate and vaccination records

Beach

  • Swimsuit and cover-up
  • Beach sandals
  • Reef shoes (for sharp rocks and coral)
  • SCUBA/snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)
  • Underwater camera

Other

  • Sunglasses, straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, santa hats for your holiday photo
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Water bottles and/or Camelbak
    • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets
    • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and stores

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader
  • Music player and headphones
  • Cell phone
  • Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
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