African Hunt Packing List
Africa Hunt Packing List
Here is the definitive African hunt packing list - all the clothing, toiletries, hunting gear, medical items, documentation and the actual luggage itself, that you will need. Please let us know if we've forgotten anything.
Another set of clothes, if you prefer to travel in non-hunting clothes:
- Travelling Shirt x 1
- Travelling Trousers x 1
- Travelling Jacket x 1
There are just a few hunting companies that have a dress code for dinner - so you may need a dinner jacket and tie.
- A hanging toiletry bag with plenty of compartments is ideal for a safari tent bathroom.
- Insect Repellent cream - Avon Skin-So-Soft cream is recommended by some hunters for repelling tsetse flies
- Travel Towel - useful for drying hands in hunting truck
- Wet Wipes/Hand sanitizer - useful in hunting truck
- Toothbrush x 1
- Tooth paste x 1
- Dental Floss/Tape x 1 - good to remove buffalo meat from teeth!
- Soap x 1 - (provided usually) but if you want to use special citronella types
- Shower Gel x 1
- Moisturizing Skin Cream - good for dry skin & sunburn
- Sun Block x 1 tube - Very important if you burn easily
- Sun cream x 1 bottle/tube - lower sun protection factor once your skin is used to the sun
- Shampoo/Conditioner x 1 bottle each or x1 if using 2-in-1 type
- Lip Balm x 2 - put in pocket and a spare
- Cotton Buds x 1 small pack - getting dust out of ears etc
- Cotton Wool x 1 pack - beauty applications for ladies & medical swabbing of small wounds
- Razor x 1 - Wet razor easier if you opt to shave face or legs (ladies) during or after hunt. If use an electric razor, don't forget spare batteries or charger.
- Shaving cream/gel x 1
- Talcum Powder x 1 small container - good for preventing skin chafing
- Athletic skin lubricant or diaper rash cream - to apply to chafed areas
- Sanitary equipment (ladies)
- Other beauty products (ladies)
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Hunting Equipment (Plus Other Odds And Ends)
- Firearm(s) - (Rifles For Africa)
- Telescopic Sight(s)
- Eye glasses/spectacles x 2 - general use/reading. Bring a spare pair in case of breakage
- Contact Lenses - spares, cleaning kit
- Sunglasses x 2 pairs. (Safari Accessories)
- Knife x 1
- Multi-tool x 1 - eg. Gerber or Leatherman
- Scissors x 1 pair - (if not using Swiss Army knife type)
- Nail file x 1
- Ear plugs x 1 pair - airline sponge type are useful. Specialised shooting ear-defenders are good if their application is not going to affect the speed of getting a shot off.
- Writing equipment - pens, notebook etc.
- Mosquito netting - check if this is provided or tent is insect proof. Also check which hanging method will be usable in your accommodation.
- Tweezers x 1 pair - tick & thorn removal tool, as well as eyebrow plucking (ladies)
- Small hand mirror x 1 - always useful if the light is not right for you in tent/accommodation
- Plastic bin bags - useful for many things like dirty laundry, muddy boots etc
- Compass/GPS x 1 - optional, your PH will have one
- Books - for pleasure and/or wildlife reference
- Binoculars x 1 pair
- Camera x 1 - spare batteries, data card, lens cleaner, charger etc
- Torch x 1 - reading and moving around tent at night. Don't forget spare batteries.
- Headlight x 1 - reading and moving around tent at night. Don't forget spare batteries.
- Travel Pillow x 1 - inflatable
- Calculator x 1 - currency conversion, adding trophy bill etc
- Money belt x 1 - safe option for carrying money & passport etc
- Plug adaptor x 1 - check the plug type for the country to which you are going.
- Travel laundry soap x 1 - if you want to wash the odd item
- Lighter/matches - always useful, for smokers and non-smokers
- Alarm clock x 1 - for getting up early
- Sewing Kit x 1 - emergency repairs and blister treatment (needles)
- Spare Padlocks/keys - if you lose some, for instance on your gun case. Also for locking ammo box when airline check-in spontaneously changes the published ammo carriage rules.
- Personal water bottle x 1
- Spare batteries for all requirements
- Small rifle cleaning kit x 1 - excluding any flammable liquids.
- Ammunition pouch(es)
- Cellphone - you may be out of signal range in camp but it will be usable in towns. It will be cheaper to buy a pay-as-you-go card on arrival.
- Satellite phone - optional, there will usually be one in camp. You will usually be charged to use this.
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Medical And First Aid Items
Try to take medications that you have used before without any side-effects, rather than are brand new to you.
- Small First Aid kit to carry on belt
- Prescription medicines - in enough quantity for trip duration
- Contraceptives - in enough quantity for trip duration
- Band Aids/plasters - variety of sizes, fabric ones stick better if wet
- Bandages/safety pins - small selection of sizes/types
- Dressings - small selection of sizes/types
- Special blister dressings - especially if you are prone to blisters
- Vitamins - to keep you going! Multi-vit more space-saving than individual pots
- Analgesics like ibuprofen, paracetamol for minor headaches & pains
- Antiseptic cream/spray - small injuries etc to prevent/treat infection
- Motion sickness tablets - just in case....especially in charter aircraft
- Antacids - indigestion due to diet change
- Anti-diarrhoea tablets - just in case you get it
- Rehydration sachets/tablets - always useful in the heat
- Energy drink tablets to reconstitute in water - optional, if you feel you may benefit
- Antihistamine tablets - for insect bite reactions. Get ones that do not make you drowsy
- Antihistamine cream - for insect bite reactions, topical application to bite
- Insect Bite Cream/Lotion - specifically for insect bites. Generally takes away the itch/sting effect
- Epinephrine Autoinjector 'Epi-Pen' - only if you know you have an allergy to bee-stings
- Cold/Flu tablets - it's not uncommon to catch a cold after long-haul flight
- Cough lozenges - to prevent coughs while hunting and sitting in leopard blind
- Eye wash/drops - great for sore, dry eyes due to dust
- Antibiotics eg. ciprofloxacin. A broad spectrum antibiotic is always useful for a bad bout of diarrhoea or other infection
- Anti-malaria tablets - vital when going to a malarial area. Check type is correct for the area to which you are going.
- Malaria treatment tablets - eg. Coartem. If you are going far away from civilisation, it is a good idea to carry a treatment course of tablets
- Small sterile medical kit needles, syringes etc. If you feel that the local equipment may not be trusted for sterility
- Dental emergency kit - useful for sticking a crown back on etc...temporarily only
- Soft-sided main baggage - better for squashing into vehicles and charter aircraft
- Day bag - for use in hunting vehicle
- Hard-sided lockable gun case
- Soft rifle case - for use in charter aircraft and on hunt
- Ammunition box - as per your airline regulations (Travel With Firearms)
- Passport with correct visa and number of empty pages
- Emergency phone numbers - easily accessible
- Phone numbers for safari outfitter, PH etc
- Insurance card - with contact details & membership numbers etc. Ensure other members of group or PH know where to find it in case you are incapacitated
- Medevac Insurance - with contact details & membership numbers etc. Ensure other members of group or PH know where to find it in case you are incapacitated
- Vaccination certificates - especially yellow fever certificate which may needed at airport
- Phone card & international phone codes - useful for phoning home
- Extra passport photographs - just in case
- Firearm Permit from home country - just in case this needs to be checked by anyone as proof of your ownership
- US Customs Form 4457 (US hunters only) - just in case this needs to be checked by anyone as proof of your ownership
- Copies of passport & other documents - in case they are lost
- Copies of medical prescriptions - as proof of your ownership of prescription drugs often demanded as an airline security measure. Also useful if you lose some pills and need some more.
- CITES Import Permit(s) & copies (if applicable) - if you are aiming to collect a CITES Appendix I trophy, like leopard
- Cash and/or Travellers Cheques - most transactions and settlement of trophy bill will be done in US$ cash or travellers cheques
- Credit cards - useful in hotels & shops
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