With the Christmas holidays nearing, many of us will start planning for a little trip. Going on Safari to one of the many beautiful parks and reserves we have in South Africa is a popular choice.
In order to be able to focus only on the amazing wildlife and beautiful landscapes, it is important to feel comfortable in what we wear. In this blog post, we have put together a few suggestions to help you pack and enjoy the wonderful Safari experience.
What to think about in advance
Going on Safari comes with a few considerations in regards to luggage limitations, weather and activities.
If you are traveling to very remote areas via bush planes or are doing a lot of backpacking, you may need to keep the amount you pack under certain limits. In this case, wool is a great option as it is very lightweight. In addition, wool garments can be washed multiple times as they don’t retain odour. This means you can pack fewer items and keep your luggage light.
If you are going on a safari you are most likely going for game drives but many parks and reserves also have walking options which also make Core a great option. So you would want to have clothes which adapt well to active and not so active activities. Keep in mind that some game drives are offered late in the evening or early mornings when it is colder as some wild animals are more active during these times and therefore easier to be spotted.
Last but not least, you want to be comfortable but still look stylish. We have designed our garments to meet both aspects. Here are our top recommendations for your adventure into the African bush.
The best safari shirts for the day time and warm weather are sleeveless or short-sleeved breathable, moisture-wicking tees. Our Nuyarn sleeveless and short sleeve styles are some of the best safari shirts because they are both practical and can be re-worn without washing. This is particularly important on longer safari trips when you won’t have access to do laundry for extended periods of time.
At night or during a colder weather patch you might wish to layer your sleeveless shirt with one of our long sleeve shirts and jacket. Layering wool garments makes you flexible in adjusting to changes in temperature by making use of the garments you brought along and avoiding to take a really heavy thick sweater with you.
Long Sleeve: Our Nuyarn Long Sleeve
Even though it might seem counter-intuitive to pack long sleeves when the weather will be hot, you’ll be glad you did for protection from the sun. Long sleeves also help minimize bites and protect you from scrapes on walking safaris. Short sleeve shirts and tank tops can be fine around the camp or lodge, but for game drives and bush walks stick to long-sleeve shirts. The merino wool fibre will help you to not overheat despite the long sleeves.
Merino underwear in summer on Safari? Really? Yes, we are not kidding. With the temperature-regulating characteristics, you can wear the fabric throughout the year, even in warmer months. So, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. Also good: wool doesn’t hold onto odor. Merino wool is naturally moisture-wicking and has the ability to pull sweat away from your body and may keep you drier than cotton underwear.
Jacket: Nuyarn Soft-Shell Jacket
Our Nuyarn Soft-Shell jacket is the perfect lightweight waterproof jacket that will provide just enough warmth on chilly mornings and will come in handy in case of sudden downpours. Merino wool is also wrinkle-resistant, this means you can stuff the jacket, and all our other garments, into your backpack and look well put together whenever you pull it back out and put it on.
Sports Bra: Nuyarn Sports Bra
Last but not least for your safari travel checklist, make sure to pack a good sports bra for the bumpy journey! Safari vehicles traverse all terrains including deeply rutted roads and huge potholes. Make the ride more tolerable by wearing a sports bra whenever you are being transported.
Last but not least, our leggings can be a lifesaver for those colder nights when you are watching wildlife at night or just admiring the stars. Our leggings is also one of those very flexible items in your suitcase. You can wear it as pajamas at night, underneath your trousers during colder temperatures or just as is when you out hiking to protect your legs. One garment, multiple applications, that is what we call a perfect item for your Safari packing list.
Hopefully, this packing list provided you with some helpful insights for preparing your next trip to the wonderful outdoors. Let us know about your experience, we would love to hear it. If you have any questions on any of our products, just reach out, we are always happy to help.
P.S. One more thing: Be sure to order by noon on 20 December 2019 to ensure your items arrive before Christmas.