I cannot believe my husband and I leave for Africa tomorrow! It was several months ago that we made the BIG decision to purchase our flights and make arrangements for a 10-day private African Safari and “bucket list” trip to Kenya! I can hardly contain my excitement and curiosity for what we are about to see and experience, and look forward to sharing our adventure!
In the days leading up to our departure, I have been strategizing my packing plans. This trip is unlike any I have every taken because:
2) One of the smaller intra-country planes we will be flying on has a baggage weight limit of 32lbs. Seriously? I mean, under the right circumstances this girl can pack 32 pounds for an overnight trip! This means I will be giving away or leaving behind half of what I have packed before we board that flight near the end of our trip.
3) No camo or animal prints. Apparently, camo will get you arrested and animal prints will get you eaten. I think I will follow these rules very strictly.
4) Black and blue colors attract the Tsetse fly (imagine huge fly with sharp teeth) and bright colors can disturb the animals (don’t want to piss off any lions). Guess I will be packing one article of clothing.
In all seriousness, I still was able to pack a variety of colors and outfits. When we are out on the safari I will be a good tourist and wear browns, greens, beiges, etc., but when we are at the resorts and camps, I will be a little more bold with my color choices. And yes, I am still bringing black and blue clothing (along with a fly swatter).
Because of the sad state that my old carry-on was in, I was able to purchase a new, lightweight carry-on inspired by this trip. It has a lot more room than I expected and lots of great compartments for shoes and storage.
Another thing I was able to use for the first time was a variety of packing cubes that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas (awesome gift). I packed ten tanks into the smaller rectangular cubes, 5 long sleeve shirts into the larger cube, and all of my workout gear (three outfits) into the square cube.
When all was said and done I was able to pack:
3 pairs of shorts (it will be in the high 80s while we are there)
2 pairs of pants
3 dresses (for dinners and time around camp)
1 long skirt (it can be worn multiple ways)
5 long sleeve shirts
2 pairs of cozies
3 workout outfits
3 pairs of sandals
3 bathing suits
Hair dryer + curling iron
The “personal item” I am taking is my Ogio athletic bag, which also has numerous compartments and storage areas. It can be worn as a backpack as well, so it will be perfect for venturing around.
When I was at the salon the other day, my hairdresser gave me a handful of shampoo and conditioner packets and bottles to take with me on the trip. I thought this was brilliant. She gave me some really good stuff too!
And finally to top the bag off, I have filled the remaining space with deflated soccer balls that Justin and I will inflate and give to kids as we visit different villages. I can’t wait to play a little soccer with the locals. ☺
We should have Internet access and various amounts of down time along the way, so I am hoping to post a few pictures and write about my trip while there. I will be keeping a journal of everything I experience, thus if I am unable to jump on my blog I will do so when I return! Cheers!!!