Top 10 things to pack when camping in East Africa

by | Jan 28, 2022 | Travel stories

What are the top 10 things to pack when camping in East Africa?

When camping, especially in the bush in East Africa, you need to make sure you are prepared. This list of the top 10 things to pack when camping in East Africa to help you have confidence when camping in the African bush.

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  1. Hot water flask

Being able to boil the kettle once in the morning and then store the boiled water in a flask where you know it will stay hot all day is a game-changer. We use Stanley flask as they really do keep the water hot all day so whenever you stop for your mid-day cuppa it’s simple and fast.

2. Jet Boil

Staying with the tea theme… my second must-have is a jet boil, you literally have boiling water in minutes!

3. Camping stove

This is a no brainer if you want to be able to cook for yourself and save money you will need a camping stove. We use this one by Cadac as it has 2 burners and it’s easy to get the gas refills here in east Africa.

4. I overlander App

This app helps you plan your stopovers and find campsites and essentials along the road

4. Headlamp

Better than a torch for the obvious reason of not having to carry it. We use led Lenser headlamps as they are powerful, light and rechargeable

5. Battery bank

You will be on the road for long periods of time and yes you can use your car to charge your phone. But what about when you are hiking, at the beach or just relaxing in your tent. Then you will need a battery bank to charge your phone. I have this one by Anker and I can get at least 3 full phone charges from it so you don’t have to constantly charge the battery bank.

6. First Aid Kit

We use this one by Lifesystems it is the ‘solo traveller first aid kit’, it has everything we have needed, we then just add in things like paracetamol, hydration sachets etc. I can’t find the exact one but this is a similar one.

We then carry a smaller version when we go on hikes etc

7. Leatherman Knife

It is always useful to have a leatherman it can be used to open bottles, file nails, cut wires etc.

8. Water purification tablets

I actually have only had to use these once and that was when I was hiking up Kilimanjaro. However, they are cheap and small and it doesn’t hurt to bring them along, put them in your hiking pack and if you don’t have to use them then great!

9. Matches!

You don’t want to be stranded without a way to make fire unless you are an expert at bushcraft. These ones are more heavy-duty than usual.

10. Led light bulbs or magnetic strip lights

Hang them in a tree, magnetise to your car, either way, they are great for being able to see what you are eating when camping!

What did I miss?

I hope this guide to the top 10 things to pack when camping in East Africa. If there is anything I have missed, let me know in the comments below.

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Natasha Chapman

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