Travel: Packing for an African Safari

Published on June 18, 2012

Our friends have asked us for a Packing List for their African Safari this summer.  It is a truly unique and unforgettable experience – some say life changing – and we agree.  Our advice on how to dress for a safari is based on the colors of the landscape: khaki, neutrals and greens. But before you go shopping, look in your closet for your favorite khakis and and shirts – we like the chic mix-and-match look.  And your adventure in the bush will take place from dawn ’til dusk, so dress in layers for the broad range of temperatures; it can be quite chilly before dawn and after sunset and very hot midday.  Scroll down to see a complete packing list.

We went to our favorite source for Safari Wear,  Ralph Lauren, to find just the right pieces to keep you covered, and many of them are on sale.

Love both of these vests for layering.

Ralph Lauren Vests

SHOP NOW: ON SALE Denim & Supply Leather Full-Zip Vest ($399.99) ON SALE, Blue Label Narissa Utility Vest ($449)

Suede and Leather are terrific for Safari.

Ralph Lauren Safari Jackets

SHOP NOW: Blue Label Custom-Fit Lady Riding Jacket ($998) ON SALE, Blue Label Stauter Utility Parka ($239)

Add a selection of simple shirts.

Ralph Lauren Safari Shirts

SHOP NOW: ON SALE Blue Label Linen Shirt ($109), ON SALE Blue Label Soft-Touch Mesh Shirt ($59 ) Blue Label Stretch Poplin Shirt ($129), Denim & Supply Safari Workshirt ($89.50)

Take one of each and you will be covered.

Ralph Lauren Safari Pants

SHOP NOW: Hudson Stretch Twill Jodhpur Pant ($298), ON SALE, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Cynthia Short ($44.99), Blue Label Draycott Stretch Cotton Short ($109), Denim & Supply Nook Skinny Jean ($125)

Grab a tote for holding your layers, water and a camera.  A hat is essential for the heat of the day and the wrap comes in so handy for an extra bit of warmth.

Ralph Lauren Accessories

SHOP NOW: ON SALE, Ralph Lauren Vintage and Canvas Leather Tote ($395), ON SALE, Ralph Lauren Vachetta Pouch Belt ($289) ON SALE, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Floral Print Fringe Scarf ($29.99), Denim & Supply Canvas Fedora ($69.50)


Double check below to make sure you arrive prepared!  Check to see any vaccines or medicine  you might need for your destination. Also, watch your weight!  Check with your outfitter about luggage and weight restrictions on planes. See our Luggage Selections for stylish travel options.

DAYWEAR: 2 sleeveless tops or camisoles, 3 or 4 T-shirts, 2 cotton tops, 1 “Safari shirt”, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of khakis pants,  1 sweater, 1 “Safari” vest, 1 safari or khaki jacket

EVENING: 3 tops or tunics, 2 shirt or wrap dresses, 1 pair of white jeans, 2 light cardigan sweaters

SHOES: 1 pair of long or short boots, 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, 1 pairs of sandals or flip flops, 1 pair of sandals or wedges for evening

ACCESSORIES: 1 belt, 1 pair of light gloves, 2 wraps and pashminas, 1 hat, binoculars, camera, film, memory cards, sketch pad, journal and pencils, sunscreen, insect repellent.

And getting back to basics, refer back to our other Essential Packing Lists below as you’re getting started.

How to Pack & Packing Lists | Luggage Selections

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