It is often said that Kenya is a cold country with hot sun, as the combination of high altitudes and tropical sun creates a unique and changing climate. This should be kept in mind when collecting things for guests. Both the temperature and the climate vary greatly depending on the region and even within a single day. Basically the traveler should come prepared for hot, cold, humid and dusty conditions.
Packaging for a trip to Kenya requires careful consideration and reflection. Ultimately, your packaging should be dictated by the activities you plan to undertake.
If you travel a lot around the country, make sure you have suitable luggage. Suitcases and bags must withstand a large number of handling and dusty conditions. Solid suitcases are ideal, but they can take up a lot of space.
If you are traveling on domestic / charter flights in Kenya, remember that there are baggage restrictions, especially on smaller aircraft. Consult with a charter airline or safari / tour operator in advance.
For those who plan to travel a lot on public transport or on hiking, a backpack is recommended. Bring strong, well-designed packaging with orthopedic support and zippers and fasteners.
The small backpack is perfect for carrying cameras, travel documents and basic everyday things.
It is necessary to equally consider what you carry with you.
Casual, light and comfortable clothing is usually the best. For safari walks or viewing games hiking clothing should be a neutral color, and white, bright or brightly patterned clothing should be avoided. Studies have shown that most African hunting animals are able to see the bright blue color of any other color.
Strong shoes are advisable if you plan to walk. For serious climbers and hikers you need to have a good pair of hiking boots.
Remember that the tropical / equatorial sun is strong and burns quickly. Wide-brimmed hats are preferable to baseball caps for sun protection. It is necessary to use both sunglasses and high-quality sunscreen (with a rating of SPF15 and above).
It is necessary to take with itself a qualitative means from insects.
In some areas, mostly coastal, women (and in some cases men) are inappropriate to wear shorts or short-sleeved shirts. It is always best to seek local advice.
For some inexpensive lodges and nights in Nairobi you can bring more formal evening wear.
You must bring your own toiletries. Basic toiletries are widely available.
If necessary, take any personal prescription medication with you. Also give the common names of these drugs in case they need to be replaced locally. If you have sunglasses, it is wise to bring a spare pair.
For those planning long hikes or camping expeditions, a basic medical kit is also a good idea. A small flashlight / torch and a Swiss Army knife are good accessories to carry.
If you have a camcorder charger or other power items, bring a set of inverter plugs (power supply is 220 volts, 50 Hz with a 13 amp square plug) if necessary.
You need quality binoculars to watch the game effectively.
Climbers may hire equipment, ropes and gear in Kenya, but may want to bring personal kits and equipment.
Divers will find great diving equipment to rent in Kenya, but may want to take their own regulators or diving computers. People who have prescription masks should definitely take them with them. You should carry diving certification cards and journal documents.
All travel documents must be securely stored. This should include tickets, passports (with relevant visa entries), vaccination certificates and travel insurance documents.
Additional photocopies of passport numbers, airline tickets and traveler’s checks must be brought and packed separately. Use our personalized travel kit around Kenya to print records of all this information. Bring a few copies and leave some at home.
Take your credit cards along with traveler’s checks and cash in US dollars. For more information, see the Currency section.