Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

The Few, the Proud, the Carry-on Only Safari-goers: How Did You Do It?

Jump to last reply

Hi everyone,

I did a search but couldn't pull up what I wanted. Please feel free to direct me to links about this. I love Lynda's packing list but I would never take that much stuff. :)

On my past two safaris, I carried on a small bag with a few essentials and checked a larger duffel. My traveling companion did the same, and between the two of us we managed to carry on the most important items. This time I will be going solo, so no cross-packing. I'd sort of like to do carry-on only. I'm flying Delta, KLM and KQ: SFO-ATL-AMS-NBO-KGL. And back again. Trip involves time in Rwanda gorilla trekking, maybe a walk in DRC if things are okay, some time in Tsavo, time in the Mara, time in Nairobi, and time in Amsterdam. Not to mention a lot of time in airports.

I'm not a photographer, so I will not have multiple lenses, etc., but I will of course have a not-very-compact super-zoom, batteries, charger, probably some other random stuff like that, binoculars, DEET and sunscreen, and other gear. Plus clothes. What is the minimum I can get away with taking? Am I forgetting anything? And is there anyone who has flown recently who could let me know the carry-on policies? (TigerPhotog?)

I will also be flying to/from the Mara in Kenya, if that makes a difference.

I appreciate any and all advice. I haven't been on safari in several years and seem to have forgotten all crucial information.

Thank you!

89 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 A Helping Hand in Tofo, Mozambique
  2. 2 Help with itinerary
  3. 3 Small group tours in israel
  4. 4 Boutique hotels in israel
  5. 5 What to bring as gift from U.S. for Moroccan family?
  6. 6 Nairobi airport - any updates?
  7. 7 Egypt safe travel
  8. 8 how can I go to Iran ?
  9. 9 Trip Report Chimps, Gorillas and Camels- a Tale of Three Countries
  10. 10 Private Tour Recommendations To Erg Chebbi
  11. 11 Either Masai Mara or Serengeti in May 2015. Can I enjoy due to rains.
  12. 12 Wildlife camps in Kenya and Tanzania
  13. 13 5 months in Africa - advice please?
  14. 14 A month in Africa - how to spend the time
  15. 15 2/3 Months in South/East Africa - Itinerary help please?
  16. 16 How to chose a safari tour company?
  17. 17 Help with Safari in mid range, Stellenbosch,
  18. 18 Need to Chose Camp in Botswana ASAP!
  19. 19 what kind of phone
  20. 20 Where is the Bisotun ?
  21. 21 Trip Report Our hectic trek up Kilimanjaro and animal-filled safari in Tanzania!
  22. 22 Timbavati OR Kalahari
  23. 23 Iran Info, Please
  24. 24 1 month in southern Africa; how long in J'burg??
  25. 25 Safari on a budget!
View next 25 » Back to the top