Many people do not realize how important packing light is to budget travel, but I can tell you from personal experience that it is very important.
Trust me – if you over pack, you are much more likely to drop extra money on porters, luggage carts, taxis and all those other little costs that could be avoided if you just packed more sensibly.
Even though those costs can seem insignificant, they can really add up, especially on a long, multiple city trip.
Think of it this way – while a traveler with just a backpack or small carryon will be comfortable taking the inexpensive city bus into town, the traveler loaded up with several suitcases will need to opt for a much more expensive taxi ride.
It is easy to see the impact proper packing can have for the budget traveler, so we present some light packing tips borne of personal experience.
Try to avoid checking bags whenever possible. If you can live out of your carryon, you will be much better off.
Not checking a bag means no wait at the baggage carousel, and that means you can get into town and start having fun while everyone else is still waiting for their bag.
Airlines have gotten much more strict lately with carryon limits, with most major carriers now allowing only one carryon plus a purse or other personal item.
To make the most of this policy, carry a large purse and pack it with extra items, like toiletries or cosmetics, that would otherwise take up valuable luggage space.
Travelling light when exploring Africa is always a good idea. Not only does it make moving around easier, but it also reduces the risk of losing or damaging your luggage during transit.
Here are some tips for packing light when travelling around Africa:
1. Bring a small backpack or daypack for day trips and excursions.
2. Pack clothes that can be layered and mixed and matched to create different outfits.
3. Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics that can withstand hot and humid weather.
4. Bring comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring cities and nature reserves.
5. Pack a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for protection against the sun.
6. Consider bringing a lightweight rain jacket or poncho for unexpected weather changes.
7. Pack a first aid kit with basic medication and supplies.
8. Leave unnecessary electronics and valuables at home or in a safe place.
9. Use packing cubes or compression bags to save space in your luggage.
10. If you plan on shopping for souvenirs, consider leaving extra space in your luggage or bringing an additional bag.
Remember to research the climate and customs of the specific African countries you will be visiting to ensure you pack appropriately. Happy travels!