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Full Packing Guide for a Family Trip To Tanzania

Tanzania, the land of breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, awaits your family with unforgettable experiences. But before embarking on this incredible adventure, proper packing is key. Here's a comprehensive guide to ensure you and your little explorers are fully equipped for a smooth and enjoyable Tanzanian adventure.


  • Climate: Tanzania's climate varies depending on the region and season. Generally, expect warm to hot temperatures with dry and wet seasons. Pack breathable, lightweight clothing like cotton t-shirts, shorts, and pants.
  • Layering: Mornings and evenings can get chilly, especially in the highlands. Pack long-sleeved shirts, a fleece jacket, and a light rain jacket for unexpected showers.
  • Safari Essentials: Neutral-colored clothing blends seamlessly with the environment. Opt for safari shirts, khaki pants, and zip-off pants that convert into shorts.
  • Footwear: Pack sturdy walking shoes for safaris and exploring towns. Sandals are ideal for relaxing at the lodge or beach. Consider closed-toe shoes for protection during hikes.
  • Sun Protection: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen are essential for shielding your family from the strong African sun.
  • Swimwear: Pack swimsuits for refreshing dips in lodge pools or the ocean.

Essentials for Kids:

  • Quick-drying clothes: Opt for fabrics that dry quickly after spills or unexpected splashes.
  • Long sleeves and pants: Protect them from insect bites and the sun, especially during early mornings and evenings.
  • Warm layers: Evenings can get cool, so pack a light jacket or fleece for added comfort.
  • Comfortable shoes: Pack sturdy shoes for safaris and walking, along with sandals for lounging.
  • Sun protection: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen are crucial for their delicate skin.
  • Entertainment: Pack books, games, and small toys to keep them occupied during long journeys or downtime.

Medical and Toiletries:

  • First-aid kit: Include essential items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antihistamines, and medications for common ailments like diarrhea and upset stomach.
  • Malaria medication: Consult your doctor about appropriate anti-malarial medication for your family based on your travel dates and itinerary.
  • Insect repellent: Choose a DEET-based repellent for maximum protection against mosquitos and other insects.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm: Opt for high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen and lip balm to protect against the harsh sun.
  • Personal toiletries: Pack essentials like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • Hand sanitizer: Frequent handwashing is crucial, so pack a travel-sized hand sanitizer for convenient cleaning.

Additional Gear:

  • Binoculars: Enhance wildlife viewing experiences with a pair of binoculars for each family member.
  • Camera and accessories: Capture memories with a camera, extra batteries, memory cards, and a lens cleaner.
  • Reusable water bottle (not needed if you travel with us - we'll provide): Stay hydrated throughout the trip with a reusable water bottle for each person.
  • Travel adapter: Ensure compatibility with Tanzanian electrical outlets by packing a travel adapter.
  • Headlamps or flashlights: Useful for nighttime walks or power outages.
  • Daypack: Pack a small backpack for carrying essentials during day trips and safaris.
  • Wet wipes: Handy for quick cleanups on the go.
  • Travel pillow and eye mask: Enhance comfort during long journeys.

Other Considerations:

  • Luggage: Pack light and consider using soft-sided luggage for easier maneuvering through airports and safari vehicles. Soft luggage is required if your itinerary includes bush flights.
  • Laundry services: Most lodges offer laundry services, so pack light and plan to do laundry during your stay.
  • Gifts and souvenirs: Pack small gifts for local guides or villagers as a token of appreciation. Consider purchasing souvenirs from local artisans to support the community.
  • Respectful attire: When visiting cultural sites or religious places, dress modestly with shoulders and knees covered.

Additional Tips:

  • Research your itinerary: Tailor your packing list based on your planned activities and destinations.
  • Leave unnecessary items at home: Pack light to avoid baggage fees and ensure easy movement.
  • Double-check essentials: Ensure you have all necessary medications, documents, and travel essentials before departure.
  • Embrace flexibility: Be prepared for unexpected situations and adapt your packing accordingly.

By following this comprehensive guide and tailoring it to your specific needs, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable family adventure in Tanzania. Remember, the focus is on creating lasting memories and experiencing the wonders of this incredible country.

Please visit Family Experiences in Tanzania to find out more.