“I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase.” – Diane von Furstenberg
Just as soon as we unpacked our bags in Cape Town, in our new home beneath the mountains, it was time to pack our travel bags for an adventure, the last adventure before my bush boys re-enter the world of classrooms and sports fields. A world their little hearts are very excited for… because they’re adventurers and this is but another adventure, where new friends and experiences await.
The beauty of time and experience is that we have managed to whittle down our packing time to mere minutes, rather than hours interspersed with guerrilla search missions. The minimalist approach really is the happiest. Having packed the bare necessities, we hopped on the plane for a few nights at our second home in Zambia, before the big adventure: Botswana!
A place that won our hearts many moons ago, that took over every conversation for at least the entire month thereafter, every social media share, every day dream, every night dream. This time, it is a camp called Duma Tau, meaning ‘roar of the lion’, that we’re heading to. Set in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve beside the western part of Chobe National Park, the camp runs on solar energy and has a low carbon footprint. It’s the kind of place that aligns with our philosophy when it comes to travel and when it comes to packing. It’s the “leave only footprints, take only photographs” credo. Take many photographs we will indeed do!
So, in case you need a little help packing your bags (and the little ones’ bags) for a safari in Africa, in a more minimalist, conscious-travel kind of way, here are our lists below. Simple and all we need.
I can’t wait for the day when Renzi and Carlos won’t need a list, and even better, will pack for themselves. So this is for you too, bush boys, should you ever need a reminder, should your packing rules ever progress from, “Keep it simple. Get Mum to do it.”
Our Packing List for Little Ones
- Mosquito spray
- T-shirt, shorts, jersey, jacket
- Sandals, boots
- A warm onesie
Our Packing List for Mums
- Mosquito spray, suntan lotion, and hand, face and body cream and other (essential) cosmetics
- T-shirt, jeans, jersey, jacket
- Sandals, boots, flat trainers
- Scarf, hat, fold-up sunglasses
- Journal and books, birding guide
- Binoculars, camera and lenses
“I travel light. I think the most important thing is to be in a good mood and enjoy life, wherever you are.” – Diane von Furstenberg