All posts tagged: packing

How to Pack for a Safari in Kenya

We learn something new on every safari. At this point, we’ve gone for enough game drives and full safaris to have become experts in packing. Here are some tips from what we’ve learned from our experiences. Shoes Hiking boots/shoes or trail running shoes are great. Closed-toe Tevas (or similar) are also good if you’ll be in the vehicle the whole time. But bring along sneakers or hiking boots just in case. If you do any hiking, biking, or walking you’ll want your foot fully protected. Also, some lodges and camps have graveled areas. It’s not fun to constantly wiggle rocks out of your shoe. Clothes It’s all about the layers. It will be cold in the mornings, and game drives start very early. It will also get cold at night. Also, even though things heat up during the day, if you’re in an open vehicle, the wind will chill you. But you also don’t want to roast at midday and on sunny afternoons. Here’s how I layer: Tank top or t-shirt Long sleeve shirt or …

Review: Urgent Cargo

For our move within Nairobi, we used Urgent Cargo. They were professional, timely, and did a great job. I highly recommend them. I give them 95 out of 100 points. I’ll explain the points later. The main thing to know is that they’ll arrive on time, pack up all your stuff, and deliver it safely to your new home (and unpack if you want them to). As for the points…they lost ten points because of how they packed my clothes. I gave EXPLICIT instruction that the clothes were to go in a wardrobe box and stay hung. They kept the clothes on the hangers but laid then flat, folding over skirts and dresses, and then put shoes on top. I was pissed off. I was really pissed off. You do not disrespect a woman’s wardrobe! They could have ruined a few evening dresses and my leather jacket. They did crumple some of my clothes. But, nothing was damaged. I calmly but very firmly explained what they did wrong and why I was so pissed. They …

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Guest Post: Rough Travel with Style

Today we have a guest post from J. covering how he packs for some of his work travel. Many people have asked me what I wear and what I take with me when I go on missions in the field. It really depends on the circumstances—and it can vary drastically even on the same trip. I may be meeting a government minister in one meeting and then, the same day, be rushing off in Land Cruiser to a remote village for the next meeting.  I have to be very mobile and my clothes and gear need to keep up with me. Suits I ask a lot of my suits. They need to be: Proper and formal—appropriate for meeting with government officials Durable (i.e. need to be able to take a beating and still look good) Comfortable in all types of weather Breathe easily Repel stains Have plenty of pockets to carry all sorts of gear. The key here is the ability to have certain items on you and not just with you. In other words, I very much …

Tips for Relocation Travel

When you’re moving, especially if it’s a long-haul move, travel takes on a different tone. It’s not just any trip – it’s moving you and your whole life.  Think positive but organize for the worst case scenario. I traveled with four (yes, four!) large suitcases for my checked luggage. As I packed, I spread items out evenly across all four. In other words, each suitcase had jeans, underwear, toiletries, shoes, sweaters, etc. The idea was to not put all of a particular item into any one bag. I figured that way, if one got lost or delayed, I wouldn’t be without a certain type of item. Full disclosure: I did this for about 90% of the packing. The last 10%, especially the final items, got crammed into wherever they would fit. Whether you are shipping your belongings, starting fresh, or taking as much as you can with you, you will have extra baggage. Accept the cost. It’s part of the move. Do check the baggage rules for the carrier you’re flying – both for checked …