• Bug spray (a mixture of small and large amounts of deet)
  • Duct tape & bungee cords (you never know what’s going to break/rip)
  • Pocket knife/swiss army knife (be sure it’s not in your carry on or it will be gone forever)
  • Travel towel
  • A bag for shower trips if camping (this might have to go on the floor as not all ablution blocks have a place to hang clothes or a towel)
  • Travel shirts (light weight, long sleeve)
  • Nail file, nail clippers and tweezers
  • Hand-warmers and gloves (seasonal)
  • Aluminium emergency warming blanket (seasonal)
  • Close toed shoes and flip flops/thongs
  • Pashmina/scarf (has many uses-to cover hair/face, shawl)
  • Sun hat/beanie (seasonal)
  • Baby wipes, baby powder, tissues and hand sanitizer
  • Febreeze and Lysol spray (disinfectant spray)
  • Sunscreen (large, small, hair spray and lip balm)
  • Head torch and regular torch (extra batteries depending on length of trip)
  • Clothes line and clothes pegs/pins (depends on length of trip and style of lodging)
  • Anti-nauseas meds (Gravol)- some of those car rides can be very long and bumpy
  • Immodium and Benadryl
  • Epi pens (if you typically carry them-bring two; you’re often far from a doctor/hospital)
  • Anti-malarial meds and anti-itch lotion (you’re bound to get a mosquito bite or two)
  • Cortisone, Neosporin/Savlon (and other first aid necessities)
  • Panadol and Pepto Bissell
  • Laundry Bag
  • Extra collapsible travel bags (you never know when you have to bring a smaller bag/you’re bound to do some shopping)
  • A watertight bag
  • Rehydration sachets/pills
  • Water bottle (easier to drink than out of the 5Liter bottles necessary to buy)
  • Water filtration pills (hopefully just a back up)
  • At least 2 pair of sunglasses (you’re bound to lose/break one)
  • Moneybelt and/or small day pack
  • Sarong (has multiple uses)
  • Bathers (at least 2)
  • All meds and copies of your prescriptions (also pays to know the generic name of the medicine you take)
  • Bandaids/medical tape
  • CIPRO (or some type of antibiotic for tummy bug/travellers diarrhea)
  • Toilet paper/tissues (it’s not always readily available-and be prepared for the possibility of squat toilets)
  • Tampons/maxi pads
  • Travel alarm clock (battery operated is best)
  • Camera, extra batteries and chargers
  • Mobile phone and chargers
  • Converters (assorted)
  • Extra memory cards (enough that you never have to delete one photo until you return home)
  • If bringing a computer – extra thumb drives and external hard drives to store photos as a back up in case something happens to your memory cards
  • Travel detergent
  • Convertible zip off pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking shoes/runners
  • Fleece/jumper
  • Enough underwear and socks

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