Luggage and bags:
Generally one backpack and one daypack is recommended. If they are too heavy to lift, you’ve packed too much. Hard-sided suitcases are not advised as they are difficult to fit into the luggage compartments of overland vehicles.
On tour you’ll have access to your big pack in the morning and evening but not during the day. Ensure you put everything you might need during the day into your day pack which stays with you at all times.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Leave the shirt and tie or the high heels at home. No one will care if you wear the same t-shirt for more than one day. On an overland tour your clothes will take a hammering: dust, dirt, mud, sunscreen, insect repellent, cooking oil, washing up water. Bring clothes that you don’t care too much about and are possibly prepared to ditch at the end of the trip to make room for souvenirs.
Make sure you bring a warm fleece and long trousers. In some parts it can also get extremely hot, so bring shorts and singlets and remember to slap on the sunscreen.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find body cream and sun tan lotion, shampoos and conditioners and everything even hair dye for ladies in the big Markets like NAKUMATT or the big Malls.
Photo Equipment: A spare film if you have an old camera...I guess you have a new digital camera instead.
A recharged battery, and extra batteries if your camera takes batteries
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sandals or thongs. Need to be waterproof and should not fall off if you want to go white-water rafting.
Hat or cap
• Water/wind proof jacket – essential if you are going to see the gorillas in East Africa
• Boots or sturdy trainers
Miscellaneous: Personal toiletries, but leave the make-up bag and plug-in shaver at home.
Comfortable shoes for walking, hat, sunglasses, a jacket or fleece are all essential.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and toilet paper are all a must. Having said this, I feel that headache tablets are a must when travelling in Africa. Remember that Nairobi is called the "rooftop of africa" and some travellers do suffer from mild altitude sickness in the form of a nagging headache for the first day or two.
Photo Equipment: I always travel with my Minolta SLR camera with 2 lenses (1x 35/80 and 1x 75/300 zoom), a two times converter, a polariser for both lenses, a spare battery and 10 spare rolls of 400 asa film (36) with 1 loaded into the camera.
Luggage and bags:
I am travelling with my samsonite bag, actually half bag half knapsack, huge enough to put half of my wardrobe in it. It is waterproof of course and very resistant.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Two pairs of trousers, two or three bermudas, all made of cotton fabrics. Dozen t-shirts, 3 or 4 nice polo-shirts, 3 or 4 shirts, all made of cotton fabrics. Jacket of light leather is what you need for chilly evenings in Nairobi or northern parts of Kenya. Two pairs of sneekers and one pair of safari type shoes, game reserves might be very dusty. Sports wear with long sleeves might be very usefull too. As for underwaer, all made out of cotton.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tabletes against malaria are a must, don't go there without because you need to take one every week.
Photo Equipment: don't forget to take your camera and memory cards with huge capacity. Additional lens is recommendable especially for safari tours.
A wolverine hard drive - ranging in price from USD $99.00 - $300.00 is a convinient, easy and safe way to download and free up your flash cards.
Only about the size of a small calculater and easily fitting in your pocket or suitcase, we never travel w/out one.
It was the best investment we've made in photo gear.
When full (we have a 2GB card which holds 1800 pics), we simply download the card unto the wolverine and reformat the card. Voila, card is empty and we're ready to continue shooting.
When we arrive at an internet cafe, we either burn a copy of the folder now stored in the Wolverine unto DVD or disk and keep a copy safely held in the hard drive of the Wolverine.
Our wolverine cost us $120.00, is a 10GB drive and holds about 10,000 pics! We never leave home w/out it!
Miscellaneous: My wife and I put all our clothes in separate suitcases. her luggage was lost so she had nothing to wear other than what she wore on the plane and a t-shirt she put in her carryon. From now on we will put 50% of each others clothes in each suitcase so if one gets lost you still have some clothes.
be prepared for rain. backpacks are so much better then cases.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: malaria tablets. bottled water or boil it.
Photo Equipment: a camera for all those great pictures
Miscellaneous: Mosquito repellant and net. bring your countries flag and be proud.