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Packing for Tour

For Camping / Accommodated Tours

Your luggage is limited to one backpack and one day pack weighing no more than 23kg. As a general rule, if you cannot lift your own luggage, you’ve packed too much! Most people make the mistake of bringing too many clothes on tour, less is more in this instance.

Please keep in mind that this is an adventure tour in an adventure truck and in Nomad tours, luggage should NOT include any Samsonite style suitcases while it is not restricted in ATC.

NOMAD locker sizes are ±35cm high x 35cm wide x 80cm deep. If the frame of your suitcase does not fit these diameters, there is unfortunately nowhere else to safely store your bag. In addition, the possibility of mud and stones getting into the little wheels on your wheelie bag is very likely and the novelty of pulling your suitcase will be over and you’ll be carrying it from A to B. Another thing to consider is that a suitcase can be over packed, as you don’t need to carry it.

On the other hand, ATC trucks have a luggage space in the lower part which is open and spacious, not a personal locker. Any types of luggage are allowed but if it is more than 23kg or if you bring more than two, they can take up too much in a shared baggage space.

A compact, flexible, soft shell (without a hard frame) duffel bag is perfect for fitting into a locker of our camping & accommodated tours.
DON’T bring this kind of bag on the camping and accommodated tours. NOMAD will leave it behind.

A money belt is an excellent way to carry important documents

On NOMAD/ATC camping tours, you will have to bring your own sleeping bag as we do not rent out sleeping bags. So it is very important that you don’t forget to pack or buy a sleeping bag before you leave on one of our camping tours. NOMAD/ATC does provide mattresses, which are 5 cm thick, so you can have a comfortable night’s sleep. Pillows are also not provided, so if you would like to use one, please make sure you bring one with you. Please refer to the section travelling in our purpose built trucks to see what our trucks look like. For this reason, you need to be considerate about how much luggage you carry with you as anything that can’t fit inside a locker will impact everyone else’s space.

For Small Group Tours - NOMAD

Your luggage is limited to one suitcase and one day pack weighing no more than 23kg, per person. On NOMAD small group tours, we do allow hard suitcases but please take note of the dimensions of the overhead lockers. (80cm wide x 30cm high x 60cm deep).

What to Pack

You should pack the following:

Kit for all weather conditions including:
• 2 or 3 shorts/skirts
• 1 jacket/anorak
• Tracksuit/pullover
• 2 pairs of long pants/jeans
• 2 pairs of walking shoes/boots/trainers
• 1 pair of sandals
• 3 or 4 T-shirts/short sleeve shirts or sundresses
• 2 or 3 long sleeve shirts
• Smart casual change of clothes
• Swimwear
• Underwear & socks
• Sun Hat – preferably one that covers the back of your neck
• Raincoat
• Kikoi/sarong
• Beanie and gloves if you’re travelling in winter

Your clothing should be easy to wash and dry and should preferably not need ironing. Avoid synthetics, which can be very uncomfortable in hot weather. Many people underestimate how cold Africa can be – remember your jersey/jacket! There are also nights that are warm but you must still wear clothes that cover arms and legs from mosquitoes, or there are days that are warm but nights that are freezing so plan carefully. Take a set of casual but smart clothes for the occasional evening out in a restaurant or a night club. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair along.

Additional Items:
• Towel & facecloth
• Baby wipes/ wet wipes
• Personal toiletries
• Sleeping bag and pillow
• Torch & enough spare batteries
• Camera & spare batteries and memory cards
• Water bottle (A 2-litre Coke bottle works well)
• Penknife
• Insect and Mosquito repellent
• Suntan lotion, sun block & after sun lotion
• Sunglasses
• Watch
• Biodegradable laundry detergent
• Passport (plus a copy of your passport & visas)
• Extra passport photos
• Pair of gloves if you are gorilla trekking
• Vaccination certificates
• Money
• Small sewing kit
• Plastic bags
• Clothes line and pegs
• Small scrubbing brush
• A small padlock for your luggage locker in the truck
• Small basic First Aid kit (painkillers, band aids, after-sun lotion, eye drops, anti-diarrhea tablets.)

Day Packs

Please check the itinerary for your specific tour as generally you will need to take along a smaller day pack for excursions. For example, on our Cape Town to Vic Falls tour, you will need a smaller bag, big enough to bring basic equipment (toiletries and clothes) for two nights – if you have purchased the 2-night Okavango Delta excursion – Nomad.