Africa- packing list

Posted: July 14, 2014 in In My Backpack
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I have posted many blogs about “What to Pack”.

Here was my “I’m leaving the states- here’s what I packed” blog.

Here is a “what i actually found useful vs not” review.


And here is my packing list for Africa:


  • 6 pairs of underware (4 are quick-dry, 2 are “dressy”… ahem.)
  • 2 pairs of quick-dry convertible pants. 
  • 3 quick-dry button-down shirts.
  • 2 quick-dry sleeveless shirts
  • Fisherman pants (for sleeping/comfort)
  • Leggings (grumble…. grumble….muslim countries…..grumble…..)
  • shaw (for head-covering, shoulder covering, mosquito repellant, etc)
  • 2 pairs of socks (quick-dry, bamboo. Thanks Grammy!)
  • Down Jacket -folds into it’s pocket to serve as pillow. (Going to Climb Kilimanjaro)
  • 1 dress (I’m a girl!)
  • Cachos (I’m in love!)
  • Vibrams (they are still the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever owned- and yes, I’m going to climb Kilimanjaro in them.)
  • Chuck Taylors (we’ll see if I actually use them or use them as bartering.)


  • Soap/Roll-on DO.
  • Lush conditioner bar
  • Toothbrush/paste/Floss
  • Contact solution/6-month supply of contacts
  • Baby Oil (to keep sand-flies off you!)
  • Vitamin B (to keep mosquitos from liking you)
  • hair things (clips, bands, etc)
  • Sleeping pills (generic), benedryl, motion-sickness stuff, nyquil, dayquil, Advil and RU21 (for hangover prevention).
  • Tampons (for water cleaning and about 10 other uses!)

First Aid Kit:

(Since taking my first-responder class, I now have a first-aid kit. Glad I do! It has come in handy more times than I’d care to count. I didn’t have one before (save for bandaids and crap…) so now it’s more extensive:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Maxi Pads (for blood-soakage)
  • Syringe (for water-spray… or heroin. Whatever.)
  • Athletic tape/wrap
  • Mirror
  • Bandaids (all shapes/sizes)
  • Plastic bags (all shapes/sizes)
  • Neosporin (creme), iodine
  • tweezers, sewing kit, old hard-plastic credit-card (for bee-sting removal)
  • 2 cloth handkerchiefs. (surprisingly, I used these ALL THE EFFIN’ TIME!)


  • Macbook Air
  • Kindle
  • External USB battery. (full charge will fully-charge my iphone/kindle 3x).
  • Iphone (Camera… Yep. I know. I travel to all these places without a fancy camera.)
  • External Harddrive (I tried to go with just USBs.. but I can’t anymore. Especially with the freelancing work I’m doing.)
  • Headlamp
  • Steripen (Part 2….. My last one broke… In Peru… If this one breaks, I’m swearing them off for life.)


  • Passport,
  • temp US-ID,
  • Australian Bank Card (came in handy in countries that the US Banks don’t like doing business with…. Like Vietnam and Turkey).
  • AAA travel card (how I get cash from any ATM).
  • Waterbottle
  • Pens/paper journal

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