Namibia What to Pack

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Namibia What to Pack

  • PREPARE FOR THE DESERT!

    Namibia is mostly desert. You need a strong rucksack that can hold lots of water, especially if you go to Sossusvlei. Don't take a cheap bag. BOOTS! Ladies - boots! Look at the pictures. Fashion shoes will have to be taken off, then the sand, stones, thorns and rocks cut your feet. You need socks and bandages for the before and after arrival of...

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  • Wind up (battry-less) torches

    In the winter months you WILL need winter clothes for the night or you will freeze. We thought we were prepared but we soon bought wooly hats. I wish I had had a much thicker jacket and a hooder sweater and gloves.... I could not recharge the batteries for my camera quickly enough - take as many as you can as there is so much to photogrpah.If...

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  • Malaria tablets

    Malaria tablets: Only the northern part of Namibia and the Caprivi area are malaria zone and if you are planning to visit there it is recommended very much to consult an expert and to take such tablets during your visit there.

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  • What to pack

    Backpack is more comfortable maybe then a suitcase, depends on your travel style, in many places you will not carry your stuff much anyway, some will do it for ya. Good walking shoes especially if you plan to do some hiking and walking safari. Light safari cloths recommended for better camouflage. Be aware that colours as blue might attract...

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  • Camping Safari

    Duffel bag is recommended. I found a great little waterproof number (figured it would be relatively dust proof which would be a big advantage here) I was trying to buy something less than 3300 cu but ended up with one about 4000 cu.Also bring a day back pack Nights are very cold here - be sure to bring several things that can be layered and a...

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  • Chilly nights

    Namibia can be pretty cold at night in July, which is when we visited, so you need to pack some warm clothes and things that can be worn in layers. We found we often started the day with three layers (t-shirt, thin jumper, fleece) and by mid-morning would be down to one! At night you'll need long trousers and a warm jacket or fleece. Most of the...

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  • Good shoes

    Remember to pack with you good shoes for walking and hiking. In some places you can use sandals, in some, you better have shoes, in the heat of the day the sand dune might burn your feet.

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  • I like to travel light

    I like to travel light, no need for big luggage, just the basic stuff as you can see in the photo ;-)There are obviously things you need to bring from home and I will indicate details more later, other stuff like food etc you can purchase all locally.

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  • Travel light but be prepared!

    I always recommend backpack, especially if camping. For sure leave any posh suitcase at home, it will get very very dusty! Nights are surprisingly cold, and days are hot - so layering is the best approach. Warm jacket is a must! As are good sunglasses and a hat Anywhere in Africa it is best to carry certain medical basics with you - antibiotics,...

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  • Batteries are hard to find when in the...

    Take easy mouldable luggage, the kind that can get battered and squashed into car boots, covered in dust and lugged into the bush. Walking shoes are a must, flip flops too. Shorts, t- shirts, a warm jersey or windbreaker for cooler evenings and early mornings.Leave the high heels and make up at home, it's surplus to requirements. Hair...

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  • A warm jumper or fleece is a must...

    A rucksack is probably best and as light as you can get away with. A warm jumper/fleece if you are going to be along the coast, because it can get quite chilly, and even cold in the winter monthes.. The usual first aid kit, including re-hydration salts, and anti-malarials (but only if going to the Etosha area or further north.) Film, batteries...

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  • Winter in Namibia is cold

    When you travel during the Namibian winter time (Mai - September) make sure to bring something warm. Early in the morning and after sunset it gets very cold. In some areas it can even freeze. During day time it can be warm and sometimes even hot. So take functional clothes that you can change quickly during the day.Also in October/November it can...

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  • What to take

    Sleepbag of -5 C Head torch and normal one For very cold and for very hot weather clothes Take a good camera with a good zoom. I did make the error of go with my digital camera with a zoom of only 3X... also my camera was not good for so bright days Walk shoes and chanclas

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  • Women

    If you can find Tampax in a supermarket is that you can find nearly anything. Despite I was told to bring my own tampon or pads, I did founded all kind of articles of this kind Tampax, OB, pads with or without winds ... so ... For me this is a kind of indicator of what you can find in a country ...

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  • What to take with?!

    It's okay if you stop over in Windhoek between North & South trip to bring 7-day clothes with a 35L bag. But if you decide not to do laundry during the trip, Than I suggest you take 70L. It's clod at night and early morning in the winter time. So, I think you'd better take 1~2 jersy and 1~2 long pants. Others keep as light as possible. Taking 1...

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  • what to bring

    Good shoes (especially if you go hiking).means: not sandals and so!Light clothes,I prefer Linen or Cotton but wide woven.You can even wear them with long sleeves and they protect you against the sun and insects.A Hat ! - always protect yourself of the sun.Sun Glasses. A good Sun Screen,Bug repellent (haven´t seen that many of these beasts, but...

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  • Pack Light

    Don't wear white or light colored clothing. Many parts of Africa is hot and dry and you are always covered in dust. You are also more likely to spend lots of time camping on any overland tours, and you will just get dirty putting up and taking down your tent each day. Since some places will lack camping facilities, you may also end up bush...

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  • Capturing photos of San rock paintings

    If you venture out to see the San rock paintings, you will need a wide angle lense to capture them best. They are located in areas with low light (so a fast film is a good idea, or else a tripod of some description) and are really only visible close up. My best shots came from slides. The authorities prefer that flashes are not used.

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  • Think first aid!

    Carry an emergency first aid kit that includes antiseptic cream, hypodermic needles, basic antibiotics (and KNOW what they're to be used for), variety of bandages and plasters (band aid), pain killers. You can get these in very compact form from good outdoor equipment suppliers. Mine was used when a fellow traveller lost most of his toenail...

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  • For first-time overlanders

    These tips are really for those setting off on a safari or similar overland adventure for the first time. Keep the luggage to a minimum - hostels usually allow you to store your excess while you are away. Most safari companies will ask you to bring a soft bag rahter than a hard suitcase (for ease of packing in the trailer) Namibia in the summer is...

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  • A photographer's dream

    Namibia is a photographer’s dream. It has everything from red dunes to fascinating people who still live as their tribes have done for generations, to an extraordinary range of wildlife. To grasp the best of Namibia on camera you’re advised to get up early to catch the morning light and also to use the evening light for the best shots: form most...

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  • Olympus Camedia 750

    I was surprise from the performances of my Olympus Camedia 750 (also 750 Euro). It has a optic zoom x10 e digital x4: total x40! In the picture I'm trying to shot with remote control device!

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  • All is there but..

    a bagpack to carry with you always. Not too big so that it can be hidden easily (thefts do occur...). A bag that holds a big bottle of water People wear quite casual clothes in the north. Shoes should be the comfortable ones. It's very, very dusty (the cream coloured dust, not the terracotta coloured in the north) and it can ruin your good shoes....

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  • Some suggestions..

    Suitcase & bags is alright as it's not exactly suitable for hitchhiking due to very long distances in a desertlike climat. Very light T-shirts, silk shirts are perfect to wear and to maintain. Shorts and perhaps a set of casual long trousers for Windhoek occasions. Sturdy shoes and thongs. SUNGLASSES (black), SUNBLOCK! Waterbottle vacuumflask to...

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  • Packing List

    Moisturiser and lip salve - in late September is was incredibly dry and it takes effect on your skin quickly. Much of the photography we did was either early morning or late afternoon when the light is fading. ISO200 or ISO400 film should be used and the biggest zoom lens you can afford/carry. Having said that, you can get quite close to some of...

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  • Packing List

    It turned out to be a good idea to protect the equipment (backpack, suitcase, whatever) in the trunk with a plastic bag/sack from dust. Specially when travelling on dusty gravel roads.

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  • Packing List

    Minimal, ===dustproof, ===under 12kg is ideal General Packing List 1. Good quality sunglasses, UV protected and preferably polarised. Tinted fashion glasses are not much good in harsh light, and can damage your eyes.2. Bush hat 3. T-shirts and one long sleeved cotton shirt 4. Shorts and skirts5. Long trousers 6. Track suit 7. Underwear and socks...

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  • Packing List

    take something you can easily carry, because once you're out in the boonies, wheels will do you no good, and you'd better not mind it getting dirty. Tevas, or light-weight sneaks; dark socks...anything else gets impossibly dirty from the sand; clothes you can get dirty...you'll be crammed into some dirty spots, and light-weight; layers, it's a...

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  • Packing List

    If traveling by auto/motor home, no special luggage requirements. But don't bring new luggage - dust/sand is everywhere and gets into even closed baggage. Our visit was during August, which is winter in Namibia. It got rather cold at night (as low as 3-4 C) and hot during daylight hours (upwards of 30C), so a good mix of clothing is needed. Good...

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  • Packing List

    MY DIARY OF THE TRIPVisit my complete diary of the trip at:http://www.geocities.com/kinma_es/Namibia/namibiaingles.html

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  • Packing List

    Hat, sunglasses, and good hiking boots are essential. Sunblock, skin moisturizer, and water -- it's VERY dry in Namibia, and the altitude in the central highlands makes the sun particularly intense. Bring it all - Namibia is a photographer's paradise! Camping is a great way to explore Namibia - bring your tent and sleeping bag if you want to...

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  • Packing List

    soft type 'Hold-all' take casual clothing. Jeans , T-shirts ,shorts,light pull-over for summer or light jacket (with lots of pockets) hat ( or buy bush hat locally)good walking shoes - or light weight hiking bootsAnorac for winter and track-suit for evenings.or buy safari clothing locally - cheap and good selection! sunscreen , insect repellant ,...

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  • Packing List

    Malaria is a big problem in Namibia, especially in the northern parts.Unfortunately it is usual in western countries to travel lot's of medicine.You may take prophylactical things with you. If you don't want to take one of these (they harm the body where ever they can), take some fluids with you to defend yourself from the mosquitos and go to the...

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  • Packing List

    Bring a light weight backpack...NOT A JANSPORT FIGI!!! THAT INFERNAL BAG IS WAY TOO BIG!! God Bless REI for it's return policy!! All terrain shoes...comfortable, not boots....you must bring clothes for very hot weather, as well as, very cold weather if you are camping like i did. I was there in August 2000, and the weather was hot during the day...

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