Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The Top Gear for Safari Travel – Forbes | Directory Mayhem

If you’ve decided this is the year you’ll finally tick off that big bucket list trip, you might want to align this season’s gifts with that end. Many intrepid travelers have their sights set on wildlife safaris, and many travel companies, such as Exodus Travels, have already announced their 2023 departure dates.

Whether you are planning to visit India to see Bengal tigers in their natural habitat, Costa Rica to photograph howler monkeys and sloths, or Kenya to see lions, elephants, hippos and giraffes, you and your travel partner should be sure that you are equipped with the appropriate equipment.

Avoid bright-colored clothing with vivid patterns and stay away from dark blue or black clothing, as these attract insects such as the biting tsetse flies. Also remember that white gets dirty quickly. In addition to the other items included here, bring good sunscreen, bug spray, and camera gear. Read on to discover the best gear for safari travel.

Jack Wolfskin Lakeside mosquito hat

To get the most out of your vacation, be sure to pack neutral clothing that will not only blend in with your surroundings, but will also protect you from mosquitoes and other insects that you may encounter. Jack Wolfskin has a whole range of chemical-free mosquito repellent clothing, from jackets to hats, vests, trousers and shirts. The Lakeside Mosquito Hat, for example, offers excellent sun protection with its sturdy wide brim, as well as protection against mosquitoes and bugs with a practical pull-down net.

IMBŌDHI Bōdhi sweater with sleeves

For versatile, comfortable and travel-friendly clothing, look no further than the Bōdhi Oatmeal Packable Sleeved Jumper. Not only can you pair this outfit with a jacket or sweater for early morning game drives when the weather is a bit cooler, but you can have a good feel for how it was created. Cut and sewn in California, this athleisure sweater is lightweight, breathable and made from ethically harvested plant-based materials like eucalyptus and beech wood. That’s right, there are no synthetics or toxins in the fabric.

Danner Logger 917 GTX

Of course, good footwear is essential for any wildlife adventure, especially when exploring natural landscapes with rough terrain. Danner’s Logger 917 GTX boots are well made and durable. Your feet are not only comfortable no matter the terrain, but also dry. Designed with a waterproof GORE-TEX lining and a Vibram outsole, you’ll be ready for any wild activities on your itinerary.

Blueview Pacific

During a safari, you’re often not allowed to leave the vehicle for safety reasons, which means you need a shoe that’s easy to slip on and off to spot wildlife. Lightweight for easy transition from Jeep to Lodge, the Blueview Pacific shoe is available in five different colorways including Sand Dune. Eco-conscious travelers will love these high-quality, biodegradable kicks, made with renewable plant technology.

Nocs Provisions Standard Proof waterproof binoculars

If you’re going on a wildlife spotting trip, you’ll need a good pair of lightweight binoculars to see all the flora and fauna up close. Backed by a lifetime guarantee, Nocs makes rugged binoculars in fun colors that stand up to any adventure, big or small. The waterproof Standard Proof binoculars are fog-free and easy to transport. You’ll find these magnifying glasses on your essential packing list on most escapades, whether you’re hiking or searching for wildlife from a safari vehicle. Designed to help you slow down and appreciate your surroundings, Nocs have made a quality product at an affordable price.

Girlfriend Collective Fox Float Ultralight Legging

For packable bottoms you can move in, choose the Fox Float Ultralight Legging from Girlfriend Collective. There’s so much to love about these sweat-wicking, quick-drying pants. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles and spandex, have a small back pocket for ChapStick or small essentials, and benefit from essential sun protection (UPF 50+). The best part? No matter what size you are, XXS-6XL, you are likely to find something to fit your body from this brand.

Klean Kanteen Insulated TKWide 32oz with Chug Cap

When traveling to places where wildlife roams freely, you should be sure that you are doing your best to protect the environment in which the animals live. One way to help is to avoid using single-use plastic. The Klean Kanteen TKWide 32 oz Insulated Reusable Water Bottle with Chug Cap is vacuum insulated and designed for portability. Take it on the plane, in your safari vehicle and slip it in your backpack as you soar from activity to activity. This beautiful recycled stainless steel bottle is BPA free, easy to clean and chip resistant. It will undoubtedly become your go-to hydration device as it keeps liquids cold throughout the day.

Feetures Marino 10 Ultra Light Quarter

Get well-made, stylish socks to take with you on your big adventure. You want to be sure your feet are dry and protected with socks that focus on fit, feel and durability. Choose from six different sock heights, from hidden to knee-high, as well as cushioning levels from ultra-light to maximum cushioning. The Marino 10 Ultralight Quarter is available in anthracite or gray tones and features a reinforced heel and toe. With the merino wool, your feet stay warm and dry even when wet.

Rollink Flex Aura Cabin Plus case

You must pack light when you are on safari – it will make your experience a lot easier if you don’t spend time managing too many things. Pack what you need and leave the rest to make sure your bags will fit in the transport vehicles and light aircraft you may need to take with you. Rollink’s space-saving folding luggage is ideal for a safari as it’s small enough to take with you on a plane, fits in the overhead compartment and when empty is easy to stow under a bed or in a closet. Durable and impact resistant, the Flex Aura Cabin Plus Suitcase comes in seven different fun colors and folds flat and is approximately two inches thick. This award-winning and stylish case is a smart choice.

REVLY Sport Sloan One Piece

If your lodge has a swimming pool, you should bring a bathing suit. Sustainable suits from REVLY Sport are made to be pulled in. They’re comfortable and, more importantly, they stay in place whether you’re playing a game of pool volleyball or soaking up the sun on a lounger. Comfortable one-piece suits can also be worn under clothing when you’re trying to pack extra light and need versatile pieces for multiple uses. The Sloan One Piece is available in four different colors and five different sizes.

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