Packing list for a South Africa holiday

Aside from checking any relevant vaccinations and seeking advice about anti-malaria drugs, no special preparations are required for a trip to South Africa. All over-the-counter medications are widely available at pharmacies, but you might want to buy essentials such as sunblock and insect repellent before you travel. Travellers who wear contact lenses might find that their eyes are more irritable in the dry heat typical of parts of South Africa. Pack glasses as a backup.

Travelling with children

If you are travelling with children, please make sure that you have all of the required documentation and original birth certificates for each child at hand. This is part of the child visa regulations implemented by the South Africa Home Affairs department and more information can be obtained using the this [checklist]

If you are travelling to South Africa and a safari is part of your planned itinerary then there a couple of things to consider packing as part of your planning. Some of the items below will be helpful;

  • High-SPF sunscreen and a sunhat.

  • Comfortable lightweight clothes of neutral colours.

  • Comfortable closed shoes.

  • A light fleece or sweater for the evenings.

  • Insect repellent.

  • Binoculars

  • Camera equipment.

  • Anti-malarial medication if you’re in a malaria area (rare)

  • US dollars in cash – You don’t need much but a couple of hundred will allow you to at least change if need be, and helps for tipping purposes as well.


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