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Well, here it is – the comprehensive packing list that I said I would post for calliec and others. I have gathered, laid out, weighed, cried, re-weighed, culled, cut and re-weighed again, cheered, and I think I HAVE DONE IT! Or, rather I am close – a couple of pounds over only. If someone sees something I absolutely won’t need – please tell me – this is my 1st safari. Oh, other than the very teeny tiny drip coffee maker that weighs ONLY 1 lb 2 oz – we just can’t do without that very first cup of coffee before we get dressed! Or, if I am missing something, please let me know!
CLOTHES (for me – DH doesn’t believe in pre-planning – but his will be similar):
- 4 t-shirts
- 2 short sleeved shirts
- 1 long sleeved shirt
- 1 Tilley safari vest – very light weight only about 6 pockets
- 1 fleece hoodie – very warm
- 1 pack-in-pocket pouch rain/wind jacket
- 1 pr convertible pants
- 1 pr capris
- 1 pr shorts
- 1 pr slippers
- 1 pr Rockport closed-in shoes
- 1 ½ pr pyjamas – one top, one drawstring long pants, 1 shorts
- 2 pr socks
- 4 pr quick dry underwear
- 2 pr throw-a-way undies for travel days there & back
- 1 bathing suit
- 1 cover up
- 1 pr gloves for balloon ride
- 1 Tilley hat

All of the above weighs 13 lbs – added to the 8 lbs that the empty bags weighs makes 21 lbs.
All of the t-shirts, pants, capris convertibles, vest & shorts are khaki, olive green, or that awful ‘cappuccino colour’ which is between an olive and a brown.

I will wear on the plane something nicer for our two days in London – comfy black pants, nice blazer, Coolmax t-shirt, Mephisto sandals.

Now here’s the complicated part – ‘THINGS’:
PERSONAL TOILETRIES: only basic stuff, all in travel size containers in a very SMALL toiletries bag that can hang in case of no room in bathroom! Includes a very small washcloth and small soaps just in case.
OTC DRUG STUFF: Band-Aids, Gravol, Visine, Chapstick, Imodium, Contact C, throat lozenges, Halls, Advil, Benadryl, Neosporin, and non-drowsy anthistamine.
SUN & BUG STUFF: Muskol (a walloping 95% deet), OFF wipes, face nets, Afterbite, anti-itch cream, SPF30, Aloe ice for burns, small ‘sweat’ towel, cortate cream in case Afterbite doesn’t work on African bugs
BUSH LOO STUFF: 2 travel TP rolls, 'waste' baggies, wet naps, antiseptic wipes, Purell waterless stuff
LAUNDRY STUFF: tube of sink wash, rubber stopper, braided clothes line (needs no clothespegs), laundry sack, 3 TIDE TO GO pens (I'm a slop), swimsuit wash and travel size Wrinkle Free.
BOOKS & WRITING STUFF: animal field guide, 2 paperback books, crossword puzzle book, small clipboard, journal, field notebook, small notebook, pencil case kit (with small tape, small travel stapler, highlighter, glue, 3 pens, pen refills, pencil & refills, eraser refills, ruler, white out, paper clips & elastics), small note cards with envelopes for tips for drivers & guides (rest of tips are prepaid by Micato), very small FX/regular calculator, cheap dollar store plastic file pouch for any papers I may need to take or get while there.
SECURITY: colourful zap straps for luggage on the airplanes, small clippers to clip zap straps, under the shirt waist money pouch, small zippable document/money holder to put in the front desk safes where available, travel purse for London and flights there & back, luggage locks for the camps/lodges.
COMFORT: 2 airline neck pillows, eye shades for the flights, 2 Magellan’s inflatable cushions for those very bumpy roads, ear plugs and throw away airline socks in case we go into any mosques in Zanzibar that have ‘outside courtyards’ (bad memories of pigeons in the courtyard of the Jamid Mosque in India).
GIFTS: Vancouver baseball hats for the drivers/guides, nail polish and a ‘Made-In-Canada’ leather purses (they are very light – very flat, not big) for the woman in their lives, Canada pencils, pins and fun glitzy stickers for the kids in their lives. An organizer for Kennedy (independent Nairobi guide/driver), bath stuff for his wife and a goody bag filled with a teddy bear, chocolates, nail art, small bath stuff, pens & pencils & pencil crayons and candy for each of his 2 daughters.
CAMERAS: Nikon D70S, 18-70 lens, 70-300 lens, SB 800 flash, small Manfroto tripod, bean bag, polarizing filters, UV haze filters, flash cards (3 I think), Epsom wallet for storing the photos, extra batteries, and my trusty Olympus 140 (film) zoom point & shoot. Oh, and 42 rolls of film for that camera – I still love the idea of film!
MISCELLANEOUS:
-4 small pkgs of Kleenex
-backpack that folds up into one of its pockets
-2 water bottle holder straps
-2 lexan coffee cups with a pound of Starbucks coffee, VERY tiny small drip coffee maker, a small pouch with creamer, sugar & some tea bags
-converter with the two adaptors for the area and a very small multi-plug outlet (3 outlets on it)
-2 binoculars
-travel alarm clock
-small travel umbrella
-ziplock bags of all sizes
-bubble wrap for small ‘fragile’ purchases
-extra batteries of anything we have with batteries
-suede shoe brush and small shoe sponge of the hotel variety
-extra glasses & sunglasses, and sunglass cords
-2 travel fans for Zanzibar
-small travel-size spray sanitizer (you never know)
-travel lint roller
-really small basic sewing kit
-travel roll of duct tape (no hole in middle – it’s ALL tape!)
-Micato issued flashlights/reading light
-that really cool ‘owl’ card magnifying reader with the light you see on TV
-and, last but not least, 2 lbs of Maynard’s wine gums (candy).-

All of the above items together that will go into our duffle bags weighs 25 lbs – split between our two bags at 13 lbs each (give or take) will put our duffles at about 34-35 lbs. Will anyone sue me for 2 lb?
Jim will carry the 10 - 12 lb of digital camera stuff as his carryon, I will carry a small shoulder bag with our prescription meds, my films, the wine gums , my journal book and notebook, paperback book for the plane and the ticket pouch, my camera, as well as my travel purse.

Not counting in our weight will be a dark blue duffle bag supplied by Micato for their America Shares program. They have built an orphanage somewhere in Kenya that has, at any one given time, 200 kids in it. The send us the empty bag – we fill it full of stuff for the kids – school supplies, toiletries, drawing stuff, sewing stuff like needles, thread, buttons, zippers, clothes (used is great) for the kids, medicines, etc. I had a blast filling it – shopped at Value Village thrift store for the clothes and the dollar store for the school and art supplies, raided our sewing factory (one of my bookkeeping jobs is at a clothing manufacturer) and gave up some of my ‘bear’ collection. It weighs 45 lbs – but will not go any further than Nairobi, so we don’t have to worry about it except for international weight.
So, what do you think – are we all set?

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