What to Bring
The following are a
few basic suggestions for items you will be glad you packed for your
vacation in Botswana.
In summer, lightweight,
light-coloured cottons are preferable. Avoid synthetic materials and
black clothing, as they increase perspiration and discomfort. Dress
is casual in Botswana. Shorts and trousers are permissible for women.
Most hotels have swimming pools, so do bring a bathing suit. Bring a
lightweight jacket and/or pullover for unexpected temperature changes.
In winter, bring
a pair of trousers, long-sleeved shirts or blouses and pullovers. Make
sure you have a very warm jacket for early mornings and evenings, -
it does get surprisingly cold at night but warms up during the day.
shoes are a must; supplement with sandals and plastic flip-flops.
should be given to protecting yourself from the sun, particularly in
the summer when the sun can be scorching. Bring sunhat, sunscreen, sun
lotion and sunglasses.
(with plenty of spare batteries and bulbs), matches, penknife, water
bottle, insect repellent (spray and coils), lip salve, water purification
tablets, sewing kit, safety-pins, tweezers, cello tape and masking tape
are all very useful. A basic first-aid kit is a must, as in many instances
you will be traveling to areas far from health facilities. Camera film
is available at most shops and petrol stations. Cosmetics, medications,
cigarettes and imported liquors are all available in the major towns.