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How to Pack for A Winter Outdoor Trip

Winter is coming up, which means toasty fireplaces and warm drinks. Luckily, keeping warm doesn’t mean that your outdoor trips need to be put on hold. South African winters are usually still quite sunny, which means there is still ample opportunity for an outdoor adventure. So, we’ve compiled a list of things to pack for your next outdoor winter trip. Whether you’re packing for a day trip or if it’s a longer getaway, despite the weather – we’ve got you covered.

Essentials to pack on an outdoor winter trip These are the items you absolutely do not want to forget. Start by packing them first, so you know you’ve got the most important part checked off. They might be at the bottom of your bag, but at least they won’t be forgotten!

Malaria Medication (etc) If you’re planning on visiting a malarial area, or any area that requires you taking medication, be sure to consult your doctor before you go on your trip.

First Aid Kit
Regardless if you’re staying in a five-star resort or camping off the beaten track – travelling is unpredictable, and you need to be covered at all times.

Map & Compass Map:
Whether you need to plan your trail for the day, or you want to see which routes to follow on your game drive – maps are key.

Torch/Headlamp Torch:
Days are shorter and nights longer during winter time. Pack in a headlamp to make sure you can still find your way around once the sun goes down.

Fire starting kit Small travel size kits are crucial in emergency situations, but so is everything else. Check whether your trip will require you to bring your own fire or braai equipment.

Clothing to pack for an outdoor winter trip

The Right Boots
They need to be warm, waterproof and comfortable. Make sure you also pack thick socks.

About 40% of our body heat is lost through our head. Pack in a beanie to keep warm.

Waterproof jacket.
Once you’re wet, it’s very hard to get dry. Moisture will easily drop your core temperature, making it difficult to warm up again. Make sure your jacket is waterproof.

Layers provide insulation and are vital in staying warm. Be sure to pack in Thermal underclothing you can wear beneath your clothes.

Light clothes
Chance are you’ll experience some slightly warmer days on your winter outdoor trip. Pack in some lighter clothes as well.

Neutral colours If you’re planning on going for safari walks, neutral colours are a must. Pack khaki, beige and plenty of earthy colours, so you can blend into the environment.

Sunglasses and sunscreen.
Do not let the winter sun fool you, although it may seem overcast or cold, you still need to protect yourself from the sun, especially when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors.

Equipment to pack for an outdoor winter trip

Thermos for hot beverages during your outdoor trip or early morning game drives.

If you found this article useful, read some of our other work to help you plan the perfect outdoor trip. We would love to assist you with any queries you might have. Give us a call or visit your nearest Safari Outdoor branch.

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