Nature Travel: Packing List for your Wilder­ness Trails

If you want to participate in our Wilderness Trails course in South Africa, you should definitely think about a packing list. Learn more in this blog article.

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Packing List Wilderness Trails

Good and early planning is essential for a long hiking tour. You often bring things along that you do not need after all or you forget something important. If you want to participate in our Wilderness Trails course in South Africa, you should definitely think about a packing list. To make this easier for you, we compiled a list of the most important things to take on this kind of trip.

While packing, you should keep in mind that you’re on the way for six days and have to carry everything you take on your own. Another important factor is the climatic conditions in Africa – hiking in the heat with heavy luggage is definitely exhausting. So you should only bring what you really need. Hiking is easier with light luggage!



  • sun hat/headwear
  • sunglasses
  • 2 shirts
  • fleece jacket
  • zip-off pants
  • 1-2 pair of underpants
  • 1-2 pair of socks
  • hiking shoes (not heavy ones and break them in before departure!)
  • sandals/flip flops
  • pajamas for the night
  • depending on the season: light rain jacket, cloth, woolly hat, gloves, scarf


  • 5x breakfast: e.g. oatmeal with nuts and raisins
  • 4x lunch: e.g. cracker/crispbread, biltong (dried meat), maybe already packaged food like tuna
  • 5x dinner: e.g. freeze-dried outdoor food
  • snacks for in-between: e.g. nuts, raisins, cereal bars (without chocolate since it melts quickly)
  • as needed: tea, coffee, milk powder, and sugar

Camping equipment

  • sleeping mat
  • sleeping bag
  • backpack with a capacity of 40-70 liters
  • pocketknife
  • headlamp
  • camp stove and maybe a small pot, or the environmentally friendly alternative Kelly Kettle
  • camel bag for at least 3 liters of water
  • closable zip-(garbage)bag e.g. for portioning your food
  • lighter/matches
  • cup and spoon
  • a small pillow/neck cushion

Personal-care products

  • sunscreen
  • small emergency set: plasters, ointment
  • toilet paper
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • wipes
  • comb
  • deodorant
  • small soap
  • washcloth and small towel
  • possibly needed medication


  • small binoculars
  • camera or smartphone as your camera
  • water purification tablets
  • maybe lemon juice concentrate for the purified water
  • hydration tablets

Of course, this list should only be seen as an orientation. Maybe you can do without some of those things or you can think of other items that you need. By experience, this list contains the most important things that you require for such a Wilderness Trail and will hopefully help you with your own packing list!

By the way, we also have a safari packing list that is a little more comprehensive due to the high level of comfort, you can find it here.

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