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Monday, January 17, 2011
A travel writer’s guide to bush survival…
In order for this not to happen on a regular basis I end up making lists that can be added to, or subtracted from, depending on the length of the trip.
Obviously the nature of the transport I will be using also has an impact on what I will pack.
I have a ‘wet pack’ permanently stocked so that I don’t have to worry about forgetting toothpaste or a toothbrush.
I will not go into what clothing to pack other than to say if you are going into the bush, pack in muted/neutral colours.
There is nothing more annoying that being on a game vehicle with someone dressed as if they were off to the local shopping Mall!
There are no hard and fast rules, but just something to bear in mind.
Seeing that game drives are conducted early in the morning and often late into the night, ALWAYS take warm cloths with you. I usually include a beanie and gloves(the type with the cut off fingers) as well.
There is nothing worse that freezing on a game drive…and the ranger is not going back to camp to fetch warm clothing for you!
There are other items that I find indispensable, no matter how luxurious the camp you are visiting.
Number one on my list is my pillow. In nearly a decade of travel writing I have yet to find a decent pillow at any of the venues I have stayed in.
The closest I got to a pillow that suited me was at a hotel in Port Harcourt in Nigeria!
Make sure that you have a pillow slip that is different to one that you might find in a hotel...I certainly do not want my expensive Simmonds pillow being mistakenly removed by housekeeping
A torch is always useful, especially a torch that can be worn as a headlamp. This type of torch leaves your hands free to read after the generator has been switched off.
Camera and batteries. People who do not pack enough batteries, then run around looking for replacements at the last moment always amaze me. Surely you know what sort of battery life to expect from your camera?
If you have the rechargeable type, remember to pack all the necessary cables and chargers!
The same goes for memory cards…you can never have too many!
This list is by no means the definitive one, merely a guide to help jog your memory while you pack.
If you feel you can add anything to this list, please mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org