Planning a trip to Tanzania? Time to start getting ready! One of the most important things is to determine what you'll be taking with you for your journey. We've put together a clear and comprehensive packing list for you. This way, you'll be well-prepared and won't forget anything.
Tanzania lies just below the equator, resulting in consistently warm temperatures throughout the year. The temperatures average between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius (73-90°F). Tanzania experiences an official rainy season from March to May, with short rain showers also occurring in October and November.
In Tanzania, there are significant differences in altitude. The northern region sits at an average of 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level. As a result, places like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater tend to be cooler compared to the coastal areas and the southern part of Tanzania. Moreover, Tanzania includes mountainous areas like Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru, where temperatures can be even cooler. The temperature variance depends on whether you are at the base or the summit; the higher you climb, the cooler it gets.
During a trip to Tanzania, you'll undoubtedly encounter rain and altitude variations. Therefore, bringing rain gear and layered clothing is highly recommended for your journey.
The first choice you have to make when traveling is whether to opt for a suitcase or a backpack. Both have their advantages, and the best choice depends on your travel route, the activities you plan to engage in, but mainly on your personal preference.
The main advantage of a backpack over a suitcase is its portability on your back. In Tanzania, where paved roads are not always available, especially when traveling to more remote areas outside major cities, a backpack could be the more practical choice. Conversely, traveling with a suitcase offers more comfort as it's easier to pack and allows you to carry more. On unpaved roads in Tanzania, you can almost always find a taxi or bajaji (tuk-tuk) to take you to your accommodation. Even if you have to walk a bit, you'll often find someone willing to assist by carrying your suitcase on their head to your accommodation. This assistance is often extended even when the roads are paved, and you could easily roll your suitcase.
A backpack provides greater flexibility, but in most places, traveling with a suitcase is feasible. It might be challenging only in areas where taxis or bajajis are unavailable. So, consider your route carefully and choose what suits you best!
We often travel with our Eastpak travel bags. These have all the benefits of a suitcase, but they are essentially wheeled bags. This results in a lower weight than a suitcase, allowing you to bring more.
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