Dawn’s FAQ of the Week: Do you have any Luggage recommendations of what or where to buy?
Do you have any Luggage recommendations of what or where to buy?
When choosing luggage for your safari, let the terms “lightweight” and “easy to carry” become your mantra. Many people will bring a lightweight rolling duffle bag, since it has reasonable capacity and is easy to handle, but the bag itself doesn’t weigh much. Remember – each person is allowed only 33lbs of checked luggage on the small plane flight to the Serengeti! But any lightweight bag will do. Soft-sided luggage is typically preferred because it is easier to pack in the plane and vehicle, as well as typically weighing less than hard-sided luggage. ’Wheels’ certainly aren’t required, but having wheels may make it easier to transport your bag through the airports, etc. en route to Tanzania.
Some luggage manufacturers to consider: Skyway; Tutto; Travelpro; Samsonite; Atlantic, Briggs & Riley; Eagle Creek; Swiss Army; Jourdan; JanSport; American Tourister; High Sierra; Traveler’s Choice; Tumi; Atlantic; Andiamo.
Some Internet sources for luggage:
A simple approach is to go to Google.com (or your favorite search engine) and type in the search window what you are looking for, i.e. “lightweight luggage” for selection from many sources.
To help aid you at the airport to identify your checked luggage, remember that colorful tags, baggage straps or even ribbons tied to the handles of your luggage are a great way to quickly identify your bag(s)!
You might also consider bringing along an extra bag, tote or foldable duffle (like this one) to carry souvenirs home with you. You can leave this extra bag, or any extra luggage for that matter (such as winter clothing you might have worn while in transit to Tanzania, etc.), with our staff in Arusha for safekeeping till you return from your safari.