Travel Packing List – Last updated for Africa 2022

NOTE: Before you check your bags on an airline, take a quick photo of them with your phone. When the airline loses your baggage, they will ask you for a description of the bag. You can show them the photo.

Carry-on vs Personal Item:

If your trip includes flights on very small aircraft that limit the weight of your carry-on luggage and do not allow an additional personal item, you have to improvise.

These flights typically do not restrict the weight you carry in the pockets of your vest or your coat.

I have a pocketed vest like a SCOTTeVEST that I use to carry items on small flights. I sewed a set of zippers inside that can hold additional pockets. The extra pockets zip out and zip together to become a sling pack / personal item. I keep all my heavy lithium batteries and chargers in these pockets because I cannot put them in my check bag.

Personal Item (could be carry-on):

  • Eyeglass Case with Extra Contact Lenses (I don’t wear contact lenses on long flights)
  • Sunglasses
  • Portable Water Bottle
  • Chewing Gum
  • Travel Med Kit with:
    • Simethicone
    • Imodium
    • Benadryl
    • Dude Wipes (4 pkgs)
    • Tums Chewable (2 pkgs)
    • Wisp Toothbrushes (2 pkgs)
    • Toothpicks & Dental Picks
    • Aspirin
    • Tylenol
    • Naproxen
    • Hearing Aid Batteries
    • Excedrin
    • Lip Balm
  • Cash Billfold with Belt Loop (either on person or in carry-on)
    • Extra Cash
    • Photocopy of Passport
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs
  • Mouthpiece
  • CPAP:
    • Unit (Power Cord is with other USB Cables in Jacket)
    • Hose
    • Mask
    • Adapter and Filter
  • Laptop
  • Camera w/ Wide Lens
  • Long Lens
  • Ball Cap
  • Neck/Face Wrap
  • Extra Paper Masks
  • Prescription Medicines
  • All RX Paperwork
  • Tanzanian Visa Paperwork
  • Passport
  • Printed Itinerary
  • European, East African, and Indian Plug Adapters

In Jacket / Vest Pockets (could be personal item):

  • 20800 USB-C Power Delivery Power Banks (2x)
  • Camera Batteries (4x)
  • USB-C Cables (3x)
  • USB-C Adapters (pkg)
  • CPAP USB C PD Power Cable
  • USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger with dual output
  • Portable SSD Drive
  • Headphone Charger Cable
  • Solid Travel-sized Deodorant
  • Camera Battery Charger
  • Additional Camera SD Card(s)
  • Waterproof Phone Case
  • Zip Ties
  • Luggage Locks (x2)
  • Lens Wipes (12x)
  • Toilet Paper and Dude Wipes in Silicone Case

In Checked Bag: 

Note: (22 lbs. check bag – current weight.  40 lbs. max)

  • Extra duffel
  • Hey Dude Shoes in Shoe Bags (items stuffed inside shoes)
    • Camera Dust Blower
    • Scrubba Bag
    • Nail Brush
      • This little brush also works great for brushing the dust off your gear or cleaning stubborn stains.
    • Silicone Bottle Dry Laundry Soap
    • Additional Dry Laundry Soap (vacuum sealed)
    • Extension Cord with triple outlet
  • Crocks, Sandals or River Shoes
  • Mesh bag with folded pants:
    • Tan Fast-Dry Pants
    • Grey Fast-Dry Shorts
    • Tan Fast-Dry Shorts
    • Swimsuit
  • Wrinkle-free packing folder with:
    • Green Short Sleeve Shirt
    • Blue Short Sleeve Shirt
    • Green Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt
    • Grey Long Sleeve Fishing Shirt
  • Packing Cube with: (Ranger Rolled)
    • Compression Shorts
    • Fast Dry Underwear (4 pr)
    • Crew Length Socks (2 pr)
    • Short Socks (4 pr)
  • Wrinkle-free packing folder with:
    • Sleeping Shirt
    • Sleeping Shorts
    • Fast Dry T-Shirts (3x)
  • Liquids bag containing:
    • Toothbrush / Paste combination
    • Contact Lens Solution (2 oz.)
    • Petroleum Jelly (0.25 oz. / 7g)
    • Lip Balm (0.25 oz. / 7g)
    • Afrin (1 oz. / 30 ml)
    • Contact Lens Re-wetting Drops
    • Extra contact lenses (don’t wear them on long flights)
  • COVID Antigen Test Kit (2x)
    • You should always have a hard case inside your soft duffel to protect items from smashing. If you don’t need it, you can always fill it with socks. This pencil case is inexpensive and works well.
  • Gadget Bag with:
    • Goal Zero Crush Light lantern
    • Mini Headlamp
    • Lithium Batteries for headlamp
    • Battery Operated Alarm Clock and extra batteries
    • Extra USB-C Cables (include one long cable)
    • Extra CPAP Filter
    • Extra USB-C Wall Charger
  • Silicone Zip Top bag with:
    • Sunscreen Stick
    • Sunscreen Spray
    • 100% DEET
    • Benadryl Itch Relief Stick
    • Flushable Wipes (Pkg of 18)
    • Wet Wipes (Pkg of 20)
  • First Aid Kit with:
    • Band Aids
    • KT Tape
    • Antibiotic Ointment
    • Sinus Rinse Packets
    • Gauze Bandages
    • Command Strips
    • Dressing Tape
    • Alcohol Wipes
    • Superglue One-Time Use (x2)
  • Tan metal-free belt
  • Dirty Laundry Bag
  • Binoculars w/ Microfiber Cloth
  • Wet Wipes (Pkg of 20)
  • Tilley Hat
  • Clothesline Kit
    • 36 feet of 100 lb test microcord wound on a Lexan spool
    • Blanket Pins (20x)
  • 21W Solar charger
  • Towel Bag with:
    • Large Camp Towel
    • Bar Soap
    • Bar Shampoo
    • Bar Conditioner
  • Dopp Kit with:
    • Large Deodorant (2.6 oz)
    • Nasal Rinse Top (fits water bottle)
    • Folding Brush
    • Q-Tip Box with:
    • Metal Sewing Scissors
    • Shaving Razor
    • Toenail Clippers
    • Q-Tip Box with:
      • Q-Tips
      • Metal grater blade from foot grater
    • Jeweler’s Loupe
    • Sewing Kit
    • Dental Floss
    • Sinus Rinse Packets
  • Travel scale
  • Snorkel Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Tens unit
  • Tens Pads
  • Additional Dude Wipes (8x)
  • Camera beanbag
  • Pocket Safari Vest

Wear, Day One:

  • Fast Dry Underwear
  • Grey Fast Dry Shirt
  • Grey Fast Dry Long Pants
  • Fast Dry Socks
  • Metal Free Belt (Black)
  • Cash Billfold with Belt Loop (either on person or in carry-on)
    • Extra Cash
    • Photocopy of Passport
  • Compression Sleeves (if long flights)
  • Hiking Shoes (or heaviest pair for trip)
  • Hooded Sweatshirt
  • Raincoat
  • Jersey Gloves in Raincoat
  • Compression Bag for Coats
  • Cloth Mask
Beanbag made from lightweight neck pillow filled with microfoam beads
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