Page Updated: May 2020
As with most of your safari wardrobe, the choice of what type of socks to take on safari depends on what activities you intend to do.
The sock advice below really only pertains to women who intend to hunt or go on long walks in the African bush. If you are game-viewing from a vehicle most of the time, your socks may not have to be so hi-tech. However you will probably need to wear socks in the evenings to prevent mosquito bites and the insect repellent socks will help.
It is advisable to bring a selection of socks of different thickness. It is not unknown for feet to swell in the heat, making your footwear tighter than normal and a thick sock will compound the problem, which can lead to blisters. You may want to try wearing 2 pairs of thin socks over each other to reduce friction.
A worn-out sock with thin areas and holes are very likely to produce blisters.
Do not wear untested or brand new, unwashed socks.
When walking long distances, it is always a good idea to carry a spare pair. Change them regularly if your feet become sweaty or wet. A good tip is to dust your feet with talcum powder before you put on a clean, dry pair.
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