We all have these wonderfully exhilarating ideas on what our first African safari is going to be like that the thought of fashion seldom crosses our minds. We recently discovered that there is an entire fashion style inspired by an African safari. There is always an element of practicality that needs to be considered when packing items for your safari. Here is our list of top 5 fashion items that will be of good use and well make you look wonderful.
1. A wide brimmed Hat.
This first one shouldn’t come as any surprise – the African sun is harsh. You are most likely planning your trip in the Summer months. You can wear your hat on your sundowner cruises or when out doing various activities.
With such a vast boom in this particular accessory, you should have no problem finding a pair that works well with your other clothing items. Although sunglasses are super fashionable, they are also practical and offer protection to your eyes. It is vitally important that you remember to choose a pair of glasses that have UVA and UVB protection. Anything less than 400 isn’t worth your time. Try make sure you get ones that aren’t too heavily tinted and it can effect the use of binoculars and other optical equipment.
3. A lightweight scarf
Not what you would typically think you would be using in the hot African sun but believe it or not a lightweight cotton scarf has its uses. Not only can you use it as a substitute to a hat but you can use it to cover your nose and mouth when out on the safari vehicle. If you are driving in convoy there is plenty of dust that gets kicked up. The scarf prevents you from choking on the dust and your sunglasses protect your eyes. You can successfully prevent sunburn by covering exposed shoulders with your scarf. We recommend you used on that
4. Lightweight cotton tops
We recommend that ideally you purchase something that has sleeves. I am sure you have seen plenty of pictures of urban safari looks. As cotton is a natural fiber it both retains and expels heat making it ideal for this environment? Try to purchase only white and light colored tops. These reflect the heat and will prevent you from overheating. Collared shirts are almost always better to have as the protect the back of your neck from the sun. In extreme heat you can use thinner tops with exposed arms just remember the sun block! You can see UV protection clothing here.
5. Hiking shoes
As tempting as it may be to bring along those pretty fashionable flip flops – They are not practically practical. Being practical should be a key factor here. Hiking boots will ensure nothing ( Such as scorpions) stings you. It will keep the dirt out and allow you to be on your feet the entire day.
There are plenty of things to do in Africa and one isn’t always lodge bound so make sure that you pack practical items that will ensure your journey is a safe and comfortable one.