Camping experiences are mostly similar despite the country you are camping in. Therefore items such as sleeping bags, personal effects, mud boots, and flashlights should be a given. However, there are a few things you must have when going on a camping trip, which is not necessarily the case for other countries. Below is a list of must-have items for any Kenyan camping safari.
If you have allergies such as dust, cold, food allergies or other medical conditions, you must carry your medication with you. We understand that you might want to keep your luggage light and simple and opt to get your medication here. However, to be safe, do carry your medication because you might not get the specific kind you use, or the prices might not be similar to your budget. Kenyan climate and food can do a number on you so we advise you to take all necessary precautions.
Prescription and sunglasses
Although the Kenyan climate is divided into two major seasons, the rainy and dry seasons, the Kenyan sun is resilient and it enjoys the attention. Moreover, most camping safaris in Kenya are hosted in sunny areas such as the Maasai Mara and Tsavo. Therefore, have your prescription and sunglasses at the ready to avoid any eye damage from the strong sun.
This umbrella carries all items such as sunscreen lotions, hats and face water sprays. Whatever you use to keep yourself safe from sun rays should be in your hand luggage at all times. As mentioned above, the Kenyan sun can be quite harsh especially for travelers from colder continents. To avoid sunburns, which are very common, keep your sun blockers reachable and enough.
Earphones, books, and other time passers
We bet you have heard about the infamous African timing. We apologize in advance for any delays you may have to experience during your camping safari. That said, you can come prepared with a banging music playlist, a good book, a game or just a desire to make friends. Kenyan camping trips carry unmatched potential in terms of beauty and fun, so do not be discouraged by little inconveniences such as bad timekeeping.
If you will be doing the real sleeping bag on ground camping, then you must carry a mosquito repellant. Mosquitoes have made many Kenyan grounds home especially out in the wild so to avoid going home with bite marks and red bumps, please get yourself a small bottle of any mosquito repellant.
Raincoat or small umbrella
The Kenyan rain is as stubborn and spontaneous as the sun so it is wise to carry a raincoat or umbrella to avoid getting rained on. You might enjoy the rain and thus prefer to feel it directly, but Kenyan rain often comes with baggage such as colds, coughs and sore throats. Some colds are so bad you might have to skip your camping trip altogether. So please have a raincoat or a small umbrella just to be safe.
3 Toothed Adaptors
If you are going to carry gadgets such as laptops, iPod, iPad and the like, make sure you come with their chargers and most importantly, three toothed adaptors or convertors. Most European countries use two eyed sockets but Kenyan ones are three eyed, very similar to British sockets.