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South Africa Pre-Trip

I leave for London on Tuesday night — then Wednesday night I leave for Cape Town. I have two full days of work left, then a 2100 departure on Tuesday. I’ve got a couple hours of work I need to do today, and then some trip planning to finalize.

While in London, I am going to meet a friend that I’ve known for 6 years, but I have never met her. She was my insurance underwriter from Lloyd’s of London when I was working in the Fine Art Insurance game. I use to talk to this woman several times a week and email her 4-6 times a day, but never met her. Interestingly enough, I’ve met her sister several times but never her. Her sister is a stew for British Airways, who makes her way to Chicago with some regularity.
So, I started making my packing list for Southern Africa (I’m phrasing it this way, instead of saying South Africa, because we are doing both South Africa and Zimbabwe). Half way through the list, I thought it was just stupid to write it down — shit, just pack! So I did.
Here is what my initial plan has be toting 25,000 next month:
1 Pair of Dress Slacks
1 Dress Shirt
9 Undershirts
9 Pairs of Underwear (boxers)
8 Casual Shirts
6 Pair Short/Sport Socks
6 Pair Long Socks
3 Pairs of Shorts
2 Pairs of Casual Pants
1 Pair of Dress Shoes
1 Pair of Casual/Hiking Shoes
2 Magazines (Outside and whatever else I can grab that I haven’t read yet)
1 Novel (Talented Mr. Ripley)
1 Frommers Travel Book (South Africa)
1 Black Out Sleep Mask
1 Package of Pretty in Pink Sleeping Ear Plugs (Mike snores and planes are loud)
1 Copy of my itinerary and 4 copies of my passport
1 Package of Airbonne Vitamin Tablets
1 Package of Band-Aids various sizes
1 Tube of Neosporin (see above)
2 Cans of SPF 30 Sunscreen
2 Packages of generic Immodium (don’t want to get traveler GI issues)
1 Max Strength Antiperspirant (I sweat like a fat pig in winter — the African jungle will be interesting)
2 Different anti malaria drugs
6 Doses of antibiotics to counter travel GI issues not fixed by immodium
1 Set of Bose Noise Cancelling Headsets
1 iPod Touch
1 iPod Nano (two iPods because they are older and the battery won’t last for 20 hours of flying)
1 Octopus (what I call the batch of charging cords for my camera and iPods)
1 Eddie Bauer Sling Back Pack (carry on bag and activity pack)
1 Victorinox 22″ Wheel Aboard Suitcase (checked luggage)
1 Toiletry Kit
1 Mini-tripod for camera
1 Nikon Coolpix S8100 Camera
1 Nikon Coolpix S3 (Don’t intend on using this camera, but if I break the above, I will be fucking pissed)
2 8GB Memory Cards for above cameras
1 Extra batter for S8100
This is more than I had intended on packing. When I went to Portugal last September I found that I didn’t necessarily use everything that I brought — but I don’t want to

be in the middle of BFE Africa and realize that all of my close stink and I can’t stand being on a flight for 24 hours wreaking of the African Bush (not that way, you pervs). My plan was to get all this stuff laid out and then weed out the extra stuff…but since Lilly must lounge on everything I have out and about, I decided just to throw everything in the suitcase to keep the cat hair off of it, and repack it tomorrow night….low and behold, everything (except one pair of shoes) fit in perfectly. Huh? I know…so I am pretty happy, I will repack this tomorrow night.

What am I missing?


  1. David says:

    Seems like lots of shirts!How often do you really look at a man's shoes? Do the sun screen cans pack? (aerosol?)I don't see a hat, Burned the crap out of my head in Belgium…I don't know which mini-tripod you have, but the gorilla-pods are awesome. They work on all kinds of un-level surfaces.I don't know what kind of power they have down there, but you have the right connections in your octopus?I don't know if you've seen Glide. It looks like deodorant, but is slippery. They have it in running shops, etc. Good for blisters (preventing). I usually put some between my toes if I expect lots of walking.BFE is quite some distance from Zimbabwe if my geography is correct (it must be), but good point.Will you have room for stuff you pickup along the way?

  2. Tim says:

    I pack aerosol sun screen every time I fly and haven't had a blow out yet. I do need a hat (I'm thinking a bucket cap or safari hat in lieu of my orange Abercrombie hat from 1998 or my Red Rox hat. I have a tripod like the one you have — except one of the feet on mine keep falling off. I will buy the power adapter on the flight (South Africa doesn't have power outlets like anyone else in the world — I'll use the one with a USB input too). I only have blister issues when I'm running and it's never on my feet (gross).A couple things I did forget:Swim trunks (I use two: standard trunks and euro boy shorts, depending on how fuckin' fat I am and what the natives are wearing) and sun glasses (polarized Maui Jim's — not bring the Louis Vuiton's on this trip. You are right, Mr. Geography — BFE is a long damn way from SA/Z. My suitcase expands 2 inches, which will be able to hold a few bottles of wine, etc.

  3. David says:

    I forgot about sunglasses too. Did you check the polarizing lenses with your camera? I can't see the LCD on mine at certain angles.We've started taking a very thin very collapsable duffle bag with us (folds down to about snickers bar size) that you could check with all your laundry, leaving your suitcase for more other stuff if necessary. It becomes a bit of a chore to move around if you fill it too early though.Are you coming back through London too?

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