Travel Tips and Packing Lists

Africa

An all-inclusive downloadable packing check list of what to bring on your travels to Africa.

All Eagle Creek gear is specified with a diamond

Pre-Departure

  • Passport/Visa(s)/Personal Identification
  • Cash/Credit/ATM Card(s)
  • Check expiration dates on Passport, Drivers License, and Credit Cards
  • Inform bank/credit cards companies that you’re traveling abroad
  • Travel & Medical Insurance Documents
  • Health Documentation/Vaccination Card
  • Prescriptions in original packaging
  • Student ID Card/Frequent Flyer Card(s)
  • Reservations & Itineraries
  • Hotel/Tour Contact Info
  • Hotel Loyalty/Hostel Membership Card(s)
  • Transportation Tickets
  • Printed copies of Tickets/Passports/ Emergency Information
  • Email yourself a copy of a your passport, drivers license, medical cards & itinerary
  • Research local customs in order to be culturally aware/sensitive during your travel

The Eagle Creek Travel System

Travel Gear

Everyday Basics

  • Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking, Easy Care Clothing (Consider bringing clothing with bug repellent or SPF protection properties)
  • Rain Jacket/Outer Shell/Umbrella
  • Warm Jacket/Fleece
  • Moisture-wicking quick dry
  • Underwear/Wool Socks
  • Lightweight waterproof pants/shorts
  • Base Layers/Clothing for Layering
  • Lightweight Insulated Water-Proof Gloves
  • Wool Beanie/Scarf
  • Compression Sac for large items or to use as laundry bag
  • Appropriate clothing to cover shoulder & ankles if visiting religious sites
  • Head Scarf/Bandana/Pasimina
  • Flip Flops for showering & travel
  • Camp Shoes/Travel Shoes/Sandals
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit (modesty based on region)
  • Sun Hat with Brim
  • Sunglasses

Everyday Accessories

Toiletries

  • Face Wash/Towelettes
  • Shaving Kit & Extra Razor(s)
  • Moisturizer/Body Lotion with SPF
  • Travel Towel(s)
  • Mirror

Travel Health

*Consult your travel clinic for vaccinations & medicines needed to travel to Africa.

  • Travel Health Information
  • First Aid Kit (Bandages, Gauze, Adhesives, etc)
  • Personal Prescriptions (and copies of scripts)
  • Pain & Fever Relievers/Thermometer
  • Diarrhea/Laxative Medicines
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Antibacterial Oin™ent/ Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Cold Medicines/Throat Lozenges
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm with SPF
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Insect Repellent/Mosquito Net/Sting Reliever
  • Motion Sickness Pills/Bands
  • Hand Sanitizer/Towelettes
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines & Vaccinations specific to region (ex: Malaria Medication, etc.)
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Energy Bars & Snacks

Home Checklist

  • Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Post Office to hold mail/stop newspaper
  • Arrange care of pets, lawn & plants
  • Pre-pay bills
  • Prearrange school absences for children
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner
  • Turn down water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place

*If gone for more than 30 days check with homeowner’s insurance for specific directives.

Suggested Gear

Luggage & Packs

Considerations for a main bag can vary based on how long and where you're going. Your method of transportation is a big factor as is your itinerary:

A Switchback™ Wheeled Backpack that can be carried as a backpack or rolling bag allows for maximum versatility. Plus the full size zip-off daypack is perfect for daylong excursions.

A traditional Travel Pack gives fluidity to your travels. If you're taking a commuter plane, hiking to a village for an overnight, visiting rural communities inaccessible by rounds, sometimes a backpack duffel bag will be the best option.

Pack-It™ System

The Pack-It™ System will help keep everything you need easily accessible. You'll wonder how you lived without it.

Pack-It™ Cubes - compress clothes and maximize packing space by rolling t-shirts, undergarments, and workout clothes; multiple cube sizes offer versatility

Pack-It™ Folders - to keep your clothes wrinkle free and looking good

Pack-It™ Shoe Sac - keep dirty shoes away from clean clothes

Pack-It™ Wallaby Toiletry Kit - just the right size for your essentials

Pack-It™ Compression Sacs - compress bulky items or store dirty laundry up to 80% of their original size.

Pack-It™ Sacs - tuck away all the little things that seem to get lost.

Necessities

Stay well-rested and comfortable and keep your valuables away from greedy hands.

Travel Pillow, Eye Shade, Ear Plugs

Money Belt or Neck Wallet

Converter & Adaptors

Guide Books & Maps

Travel Towel

Rain Jacket/Umbrella

Packable Duffel or Tote

Tip: Use Pack-It™ Cubes or Sacs to organize daily essentials

Day Travelers™

Your day bag should be comfortable and organized for long days and overnight excursions.

Backpack - perfect for all-day hiking or sightseeing; check to make sure zippers are lockable to deter theft and that it organization for your daily needs

Shoulder Bag - a small cross-body bag is great for the essentials; perfect for exploring new places and with the ability to tuck away inside your backpack if needed

Waistpack - Maybe it's as easy as a waist pack - everything you need right at your fingertips