In general, pack lightly. Leave room for gifts and souvenirs. Soft sided luggage packs more easily into the safari vehicle. Always carry passport, airline tickets and money on your person. A fanny pack or moneybag that hangs around the neck works well. In case luggage doesn’t arrive the same day you do, put enough clothing and supplies for the first day in your carry-on luggage. If taking a domestic flight luggage weight restrictions range between 15-20 kgs (33-44 lbs) total per person. If climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru, additional supplies will be needed. Please refer to the Kilimanjaro Packing List.
Sturdy, comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof. They will get dirty.
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Comfortable, breathable socks
Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
Lightweight, breathable pants
Short sleeved shirts, cool and breathable (neutral colors are best, avoid black, dark blue and bright red)
Bathing suit if staying at a lodge with a swimming pool or if visiting Zanzibar
Long sleeved shirt or sweater for evenings
Rain jacket or rain poncho
Women: Lightweight dress/skirt that covers knees (for visiting villages), shoulders should be covered also in the village.
Men: short sleeve shirts with collars (for visiting villages or evening dining at the lodges).
Keep valuable jewelry to a minimum
Note: Laundry service is available at most lodges either at a nominal cost or free of charge in some cases.
Day pack, for you to carry
Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack
Scarf (for dust and/or sun)
Money (small Tanzanian bills and/or small US bills for small purchases and tips. Larger US bills bigger purchases)
Journal/notebook, pencil and pen
Pocket knife tips
Energy bars and snacks
Headlamp or flashlight
Playing cards, games, books, Frisbee
Camera, mini tripod
Mementos for guides and other travelers
Personal music device
Video camera, tapes
Roll of toilet paper (for some public restrooms)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Glasses, contacts, solution
Shampoo (without heavy fragrance)
Unscented Deodorant (use cologne/perfume sparingly, if at all, in case it might attract bees or other insects)
Passport (with visa stamp or completed visa application with $50 or $100 US cash, exact change)
Medical and Travel Insurance
Bandages and tape
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
Lip balm with sunscreen