Africa What to Pack

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Africa What to Pack

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    Marrakesh What to Pack

    And empty suitcase. There are so many beautiful things to bring back with you. Make sure you have the room to do it. Seriously though: I use a wheeled backpack when i travel. I find the backpack helps me get onto trains and buses with ease and the wheels just make it easy when in hotels or airports Ladies: I have seen young and older women wearing...

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    Cairo What to Pack

    Everyone Knows that Cairo is located in the Harsh Sahara Desert and that it can get really hot in the area and also at The Pyramids of Giza as all people visiting Cairo also visits the Pyramids of Giza, and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid...

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    Alexandria What to Pack

    Alexandria can be just as hot as the rest of Egypt. However this is the place to catch an occasional ocean breeze. In the evening, carry a light sweater or jacket. Not too many foreign tourist visit Alexandria for extended periods of time, Alex is basically a vacation destination for Egyptians. Put away the short-shorts, bathing suits, and other...

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  • General

    Marrakesh What to Pack

    Unlike some tips I'd read before-hand, you don't need to bring toilet paper, they have it here (although in small rolls), it's fine and the the toilets in the hotels are NOT holes in the ground, they are regular, western style toilets. A compass was the most helpful thing I brought to Marrakech, as you can easily get lost in the alleyways.

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  • Toiletries/Medical Supplies

    Cairo What to Pack

    late may to october, this is the hottest months Egypt, and in Cairo, where the temperature rises up to 52 degrees celsius (125 fahrenheit) as it is in the middle of the sahara desert after all, it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn...

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  • Climate

    Marrakesh What to Pack

    I take my travel mac with me everywhere I go usually, but, to be honest, Agadir was so hot and we reasoned that it was bound to be even warmer in land.... When we first arrived in Marrakech it was throwing it down and bitterly cold - especially as we were only wearing jeans and t-shirts! So - Be Warned! - bring light rain gear when travelling to...

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  • Money/Credit Cards

    Cairo What to Pack

    If you are planning to live for an extended period of time (study abroad, work abroad etc.) then there are some money issues you will need to know. - Have two bank accounts in your home country, each with their own ATM card and access (make sure they have FOUR digit pin numbers, not more or less, and I prefer to also have Visa or Mastercard...

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  • RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES

    We are now in the digital camera age and they absolutely eat batteries. Rechargeables will save you a lot of money and aggravation. I always keep a full set charged and just swap them when they run out. Rechargeables also have a much higher capacity than the batteries you can buy in shops here and you know they are charged. Batteries are also...

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  • GPS

    A Global Positioning System:Almost everybody knows what a GPS is, extra information is not needed I expect.You have devices for the outdoor use and they’re the most suitable for a hike in the open.Be sure you have enough batteries for the time you’re on the terrain.

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  • Chainsaw

    I know it’s difficult to bring a chainsaw along. But when you’re driving in forested areas fallen trees are very common and when you want to pass, you or a companion need to clear the road before continuing.

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  • Insect repellent isn't a luxe

    Many bugs are attracted by the smell of you body, the sweat on you skin or the sounds and movements that you make. Use insect repellent with a very high DEET percentage on your skin and your insect problem is largely solved. Avoid eyes and open wounds!!!

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  • Play it safe with a good guide book

    There are some excellent guide books around written by companies specialising in providing information for the independent traveller - even if you are with a tour its a brilliant way to get prepared and also have info while you are travelling such as the history of where you are - the best series I believe are the Lonely Planet guide books - you...

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  • Hand luggage

    If you are leaving the UK and not sure what you are allowed to take on board the aircraft this should help.

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  • SURVIVAL KNIFE !

    Travel in Africa can be highly dangerous, even fatal. You could be attacked by some wild animals or starve to death. Therefore it is essential that you carry the original Swiss Army knife manufactured by Victorinox. Just look at my pictures when I had to utilise my knife in order to survive in my hotel room. It was a close call, but I survived...

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  • A hat against the sun.

    You need to cover your head when you are in Africa, because here the sun is so strong and dangerous. Be careful with your head, and dont get burned. Put a hat on your head when you are in the strong sun.

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  • Sun glasses.

    My experiences of Africa is that can be very good to have good sun glasses made by good quality against the strong sun. The sun here is not the same as if you are from my neighbourhood Sweden. Here the sun can be very strong for the eyes, and also a protection if the sand flies away by the wind.

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  • VT CUSTOM TRAVEL GUIDE PAGES!

    Don’t forget we have the wonderful CUSTOM TRAVEL GUIDE facility on VT where you can save the tips you like and print them to take along with you! Never miss the opening times of a museum or that great restaurant!

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  • Sun cream.

    Dont forget to buy and USE sun protection against the strong sun. The sun can make your lovely trip to a bad memory and maybe you will have to go to hospital. So, it is much better to be prepared with your stuff. If you forget to bring it with you, you can always buy it when you arrive. When you go to the beach you must use sun protection!

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  • How should one dress?

    Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. Some ideas:Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect...

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  • SUN SCREEN

    Want to look older? Well keep getting too much sun and your skin will. Burn too many times and get cancer. Yep, Sun Screen is a modern medical miracle. It’s a pain, but you need it. Europeans and North Americans may think they don’t, but just look at a map. You will often be closer to the Equator than probably any other time in your life. Look...

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  • Binoculars

    Binoculars can be very handy when you are on safari, observing wildlife out of a hideout are when you wanna see the birds flying high in the sky. I use an 8x30 field 6.7° type, the larger you get the closer the objects will be, the more space you need in your luggage.

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  • Travel Guides

    A Travel guide or guidebook is always useful when you are in Africa. Travel advice, tips and destination information of travellers that have been there before you, can be guidance. You don’t have to follow it unconditionally, but you always can give it an own interpretation.Here are some travel guides that I bought in Belgium:Lonely...

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  • SINK PLUGS

    Who stole all the sink plugs? I don’t know why, but there just does not seem to be sink plugs in Africa. Bath plugs either. If you are going to be travelling a bit here I suggest you bring your own humble rubber sink plug. Even in hotels where there is a chain on them I have found a former guest stole it. This includes some rather nice hotels...

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  • Underwater camera

    When you go diving or snorkelling in the Red Sea, Mediterranean or Indian Ocean be prepared and bring all your photo equipment with you. You can buy an underwater camera at the spot, but be ready to pay a lot of money.

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  • Copy all your documents.

    It isn’t necessary but advisable to make a copy of all you important documents. Passport, visas, traveller cheques, vaccination certificate, flight ticket, etc…. Just in case, you’ll never now when you gonna need it.

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  • mosquito nets

    When you go to Africa you should bring a mosquito net with you or buy it when you arrive. It prevents several tropical diseases you don’t want to have. When I return at home I always give my mosquito nets to the local people. This is only a tip. When you go to Africa you should bring a mosquito net with you or buy it when you arrive. It prevents...

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  • THE VERSATILE NYLON ROPE

    This little baby is worth its weight in gold. It will cost you a dollar or less, fits easily in any luggage and weighs absolutely nothing. You will find in your travels that it is worth its weight in gold. Why? Well, mainly it is a great clothes line. You can tie this thing into loads of shapes and knots and you can still untie it easily when you...

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  • FLIP FLOPS

    This is not just a good idea in Africa, it’s a good idea anywhere you stay where you need to take a shower. Why? Well let’s just say I have picked up the worst case of Athlete’s Foot that never seemed to clear up in Africa. Most places will not have flip flops for you. Notably Ethiopia and Djibouti will have them in your room even in the cheapest...

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  • Dust masks

    During the dry season the roads become very dusty. In and around the bus stations you will find dust-mask for only 0.08 Euro.

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  • TOILET PAPER

    A lot of budget hotels and even restaurants do not offer toilet paper. Even the toilets at the airport are ‘sans papier’. You need to carry around your own. Absolutely priceless when you really need it. Sure to ruin your day if you don’t have it!

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  • TRAVEL TOWEL

    This is one of the wonders of the New World! It’s lightweight and dries you completely in 2 seconds. Then it dries itself quickly even on a cloudy day. Many cheap lodgings do not provide towels. Carrying ordinary ones just invites problems with drying and weight if it’s still wet. These are available from good camping stores. A must have in your...

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  • FLASHLIGHT (ELECTRIC TORCH)

    One of my photos is of a dark street in Djibouti. Like many places in Africa there are areas where there are no street lights and the electricity can go off at anytime. Sometimes for hours (especially Zimbabwe). The flashlight pictured here is powered by winding it up, so no need for batteries. They are available at any good camping store and...

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  • PROPER SUNGLASSES

    The sun is really strong here. You may be near or even on the Equator and many months (like December) get no rain and really no clouds either. Your eyes are getting battered! UVA rays will literally fry your eyes. I know. I have a damaged retina. Buying cheapo imitation glasses will only make you look better to other people. They actually cause...

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  • WET WIPES - NOT JUST FOR BABIES

    I won’t travel anywhere without these now, even when I am working back home. Many toilets, even in restaurants, have no soap to clean your hands. Some cheap accommodations will not have soap either. Hot water is a luxury and if you go off-road to do some camping these are worth their weight in gold. A certain must have for those small wounds....

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  • Money Matters - new foreign transaction...

    Foreign transaction fees for both ATMs and Credit Cards have been increasing - buyer bewareMy ATM card recently went from $1 per transaction to $5!My credit card foreign transaction fee went from 1% to 3 shop before you leave for the best deal and dont get stuck with nasty surprises! Third party resources on this topicTips for Smarter Spending...

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  • BRITISH PLUG CONVERTERS

    Hello to you Brits Abroad. You will need a 2 pin European Style plug converter in many countries in Africa. Any good ‘Pound Shop’ will have them. I have put a web link on below that will tell you , country by country, what you need to know before you go!

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  • African Essentials

    A sturdy backpack Sturdy hiking boots, plus a pair of more comfortable shoes to wear around camp. I find Keen Taos shoes, which are a cross between a sandal and a hiking shoe to be great, offering much better foot protection than sandals, but you can wade in them at the beach.Smartwool hiking socksA light, broadbrimmed hatA fleece jacket - it gets...

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  • A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT

    WHY? If you are unfortunate to have your passport lost or stolen you will need to travel to your Embassy and get a new one. A photocopy helps speed up the process and is also good to hand over if you are ever approached by a corrupt official/police for a bribe or ‘fine’. Just hand them a copy and say you lost your Passport. If you require a Visa,...

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  • A FEW THINGS TO TAKE WITH YOU !

    Do you want your own clothes? 5% of ALL bags get lost or delayed by airlines. Mostly because they do not have a luggage tag! Put the details of your hotel. They can find you! A good pair of shoes/boots and light coloured clothes, preferably a tan colour. You will get dusty and dark clothes show it more. Unless it’s the rainy season. A good pair of...

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  • General Tips....

    Travel light - very light. I must've left with about 18 kilos and ended up giving away a lot of stuff to lighten the load. I even went as far as buying a smaller pack to fit my body size better. Basic necessities are few clothes, first aid kit, and toiletries. Everything else, think really hard about whether you need it or not. You can also almost...

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  • Safari tips

    Only one piece of luggage, and that should be a backpack. Bring good hiking boots and woollen socks, open sandals are not recommmendable in the bush. Wool makes your feet feel dry even when it is hot. Bring warm clothes, Africa might be cold even close to equator, especially by night on high altitudes. Thin, long sleeved clothing to protect...

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  • -Candy & -ballpoint

    This is a TIP about, what you never should pack.Begging children near the tourist attractions is a common sight, they’re pulling on your cloths, jumping in front of your car and for what!?!For a ballpoint or some candies!!!Please stop making beggars of them and leave your ballpoints and candies at home.

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  • equipment i'd suggest for africa

    backpack with attachable day bag good hiking shoes, sandals or thongs, something light to protect you if it rains, something for the warmth but not to heavy all the essentials, toilet paper and lots of it, headache tablets, malaria and some form of gastro kit digital is becoming the way to go, with enough memory mosquito net, sleeping bag...

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  • Ask in the Forums

    One of the best ways to get updated info and find about personal experiences of travellers in order to prepare your trip is to ask in the many forums for travellers that you can find in the internet.Here are some:- VT Forum (you know where is it, don't you? :-)- Lonely Planet Thorn Tree.http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/- Routard Forum (in...

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  • Shoes for desert

    Ideal would be something like what's in picture:))) But, seeing that this is impossible, you should choose something comfortable, as much impenetrable for the sand as possible, and something that would protect you from bugs and snakes you might meet.

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