safari luggage questions

Oct 7th, 2006, 06:09 AM
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Dennis,

LOL!

I've never seen disposable socks, but here are some disposable undies

http://www.magellans.com/store/Cloth...earMU402?Args=


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Oct 7th, 2006, 06:47 AM
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We pack a small empty duffle that we use for souvenirs on the way home.

I've never gone the disposable underwear route - what happens if you dispose them and then wind up stuck in Europe on the way home The "keepable" ones simply don't take enough room to make a difference to me. We all have our luxury items though.

Though I do own some of those packing cubes - I mainly use them when I travel for work because they add weight. For Africa my bag was a sea of zip locks - labeled of course because I'm freakishly organized. Makes everything easy to fid and keeps the clean stuff clean towards the end of the trip when everything is covered in dust. Also makes it easy for security screeners.
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Oct 7th, 2006, 06:48 PM
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It's funny we've gotten on to the 'disposable underwear' topic, because I meant to buy some, and forgot, and now it's too late because I leave in 3 days!

But it reminds me of my trip to Turkey. One of the gentlemen on the tour was noted for having the smallest duffle bag, and finally someone asked him what his secret was. He proudly confided his secret: "DISPOSABLE UNDERWEAR". For some reason it struck me and my roommate as funny, and for the rest of the trip, everytime we looked at him we cracked up.
But now I wish I had some!

OK, now I have a shoe question. I plan to wear sneakers on the plane, and bring a pair of Teva sandals. Do I also need to bring another pair of all-purpose walking shoes? Will I need to switch-off from the sneakers? Will the sneakers get too muddy to wear?

You'll all be glad to hear that I've listened to your advice and I've already discarded the idea of bringing a hair dryer. But I can't do without several books -- that's how I make myself feel at home wherever I am.

I'm going to try to start packing tomorrow, to see how much I still need to discard. I've been accumulating a pile of stuff I'm planning to take, and the pile is MUCH bigger than the duffle.

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Oct 7th, 2006, 07:36 PM
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Ann,

"OK, now I have a shoe question. I plan to wear sneakers on the plane, and bring a pair of Teva sandals. Do I also need to bring another pair of all-purpose walking shoes? Will I need to switch-off from the sneakers? Will the sneakers get too muddy to wear?"

Ann, just about everybody would have a different preference regarding footwear. I just hate the thought of being limited by shoes in what I can do...for example, to spend some time out of the vehicle in hard country if it should be necessary or if I just want to. So I always wear hiking boots, a pair which has served me well for 8 years. Apart from very lightweight slippers for use around the tent, the boots are the only footwear I take on safari. I wear them on the plane...another small contribution to keeping luggage weight and space down.

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Oct 7th, 2006, 07:39 PM
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Agree with John.....by taking that many pairs of shoes, you are going to add to all the weight of the luggage.

Personally, i take my running shoes and walk about and wear them on drives. Also, dont carry too many clothes as there is a daily laundry service everywhere....

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Oct 8th, 2006, 04:15 AM
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Everyone has their own choice of footwear. Not even owning sneakers/walkers (do have pair of slip-in Keds) I wear mocassins throughout. Have Tevas if I'm doing the beach areas. Otherwise, those inexpensive Chinese slippers for around my room/tent.

As to mud on those sneaks/walkers - best if you have these in leather as they can easily be washed if you must. And at any lodge/camp that has a washing machine - turn them over with your laundry and into the machine they go. Yes, some places do have real washing machines (can say for sure which ones specifically - Kirawira in Tanzania, I do know).

Whatever is comfortable, well worm - is what should be on your feet.
 
Oct 8th, 2006, 04:47 AM
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I was at Ngorongoro Serena a few weeks ago, and I have to say that I saw largest grouping of *huge* luggage that I have ever seen in Africa. I am talking huge rolling bags, not soft-sided duffels. There were enough bags for about 40 or 50 people in the group (Tauck), and half of the bags were their normal duffles that they give to their customers, and the other half were these huge, oversized rolling hard cases.

I suspect nobody prepared these kind folks on what is and what is not needed out on safari. Might have been some serious hair dryers in there!!

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Oct 8th, 2006, 04:49 AM
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I bought mine from OneDerWear.com and feel just like cotton panties. And Yes I made sure they were disposed of in the garbage under something else so the staff would not think I made a mistake. I also see now that DNAProducts has some that are even cheaper. Here is the description for OnerDerWear: Bikini Brief
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Oct 8th, 2006, 05:01 AM
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andy - For what Tauck charges, they should know better and advise their clients accordingly. I laughed so hard from your description of these bags... more like those going on a 3/week cruise!
 
Oct 8th, 2006, 05:25 AM
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The eternal skivvies question does come up alot. Oh how we all worry about this.
One can wash one's undies and they really will be dry in 2 hours if one doesn't mind the chore.
I'd wash one of my 2 pairs prior to going to bed. DH did the same with his thin cotton boxers - dry as a bone, with that fresh African scent - unless fo course you've got hyenas laying about
Or.... just go native - none of those much discussed panty lines to worry about.
Enjoy!
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Oct 8th, 2006, 05:25 AM
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Ann,

I'll fess up and say I did bring a hair dryer. It was a special travel one though and really tiny that didn't weigh very much.

I also brought two pairs of shoes- 1 pair of all terrain sneakers, 1 pair of c flip flops and 1 pair of leather casual loafer type slip ons.

Everyone is correct in saying that you don't really need another pair of shoes, but I was happy that I had them. My loafers were really light though, so that helped when making the decision on whether to bring them or not.

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Oct 8th, 2006, 05:38 AM
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Andy,

Too funy....your description of the duffel bags.

I bet you saw cheetahs in the crater also?

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Oct 8th, 2006, 06:48 AM
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We've just returned from our trip, and both my husband and I bought the quick-dry undies, from ex-officio. We loved them, they were so comfortable, and we they dried in an instant, after they were washed out. Here is a bad thing...along the way I lost mine. Grrr! They were great!
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Oct 8th, 2006, 02:12 PM
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You LOST your underwear? Isn't that what you never hope to hear your teeanage daughter say.
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Oct 8th, 2006, 02:26 PM
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purple - only you would remind the parents out there; or the rest of us of our youth!
 
Oct 8th, 2006, 03:34 PM
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And we don't even have any children
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Oct 8th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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Uh...I didn't lose them, um, they were stolen...yeah, yeah, that's right, they were stolen!
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Oct 8th, 2006, 06:05 PM
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make sure that tale makes it into your trip report cindy! (perverts in africa?)
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Oct 8th, 2006, 06:20 PM
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Cindy,

I had those same type of undies and loved them. They dried out super quick! Mine made it back home with me though

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Oct 9th, 2006, 08:38 AM
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Yes, I think there could be a nice African woman in some manyatta who has 2 really nice pairs of quick dry panties..... Now that I think about it, do tribes people wear underwear? Never thought about that....
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