Pack right for your next (Indian) Wildlife Trip
Planning a Wildlife safari vacation? Make sure you are packed right. Clever planned packing can make your Wildlife tour smooth sailing. Packing for a Wildlife tour and a Safari is somewhat different to packing for other holidays. There are certain things you need to keep in mind. First & foremost, ensure you pack light- you’ll probably be carrying your stuff from one camp to the other or even flying between camps. Therefore it is better to be prepared in such cases: a duffel bag or any soft bag is probably your best option.
Remember that Safari is not just Jeep Safari but can also include a wildlife Trek into the Forests & which might also include bird-watching trip and sometimes a coracle ride and even a boat safari and sometimes into the tribal areas to show how they live and what they do for a living.
Here are some tips on what goes inside those bags:
CLOTHES AND SHOES:
Carrying long sleeved cotton T-Shirts and shirts is a good start. Not only does it save you from harsh sunlight but it also protects you from insect bites.The color of your clothes is of considerable importance in a safari. Make it neutral colors and not prominent ones like red, yellow, orange etc. Ideal choices would be beige, olive, khaki colors that help you blend with the surroundings. Early mornings & late evenings can get quite cool, windy and chill too, so carrying a light fleece jacket is always a good idea. Also there are times when it might rain lightly and always better to carry a thin jain jacket too.
A wide brimmed hat to protect you from them midday sun and sturdy and comfortable walking shoes are a must. Ensure you’ve worn / used them a few times before just to feel comfortable during the Safari.
Make sure your safari bag contains a big tube of high SPF sun block, Mosquito repellents, a first aid kit, a hand sanitizer, a bottle of water and a pair of good quality sun-glasses are also some of the other essential must haves.
It’s a good idea to carry a pair of binoculars to spot the elusive animal in the distance and a flash light for walking around the camp at night and for within the tent itself. If you are a photography freak like me, a nice camera and preferably long-focus lens (they can be rented too). Portable chargers will be handy too.
Last but not the least bring with you a sense of belonging to nature, to experience how is exists out there and to be part of it. Safari Holidays might be a little daunting at first but it is an experience of a lifetime that should not be missed under any circumstances.
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