What to Pack on an Overland Trip

cropped-giraffe-1042618.jpgThere is no better way to explore Southern Africa than on an overland trip. One of the main issues facing first time explorers is the question of what to pack. Here we’ll cover the do’s and don’ts when it comes time to pack.


  • Opt for a durable bag. Backpacks are ideal to load into the truck and comfortably cart around between lodges/tents. Look for backpacks with a detachable day pack to allow for extra freedom when exploring.
  • Pack for the season. Southern Africa typically has two seasons – wet and dry! Know your season and pack accordingly.
  • Africa is typically considered hot but the nights can get bitterly cold. Make sure you have something warm on hand when the camp fire just won’t do.
  • Comfortable and durable shoes are a must. Allow yourself the best opportunity to take advantage of walking safaris.
  • Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat will allow protection from the baking sun.
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, malaria tablets, and hydration tablets – don’t leave home without them!


  • Packing heavy items will cause sore shoulders and the wrath of your overland group as you cart your bag around.
  • White items do provide great protection from the sun but the African dirt is something not even the strongest bleach will soak out of your clothes.
  • Wearing shoes you are afraid to get dirty is a massive no. Dirt, mud, water, and animal excrement will find you!
  • Bringing valuable items comes at high risk. Knowing your bags will be thrown around provides maximum opportunity for breakage.
  • Overpacking can kill valuable room for all the souvenirs you’ll pick up along the way. Markets also offer the perfect opportunity to grab clothes along the ay.

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