Namibia holidays are like nothing else. Brimming with stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and rich cultural experiences, this south-western African nation boasts unparalleled encounters with the natural world. Whether you’re planning to safari in Etosha National Park, explore the dramatic dunes of the Namib Desert or visit the vibrant city of Windhoek, packing correctly is crucial to ensure a comfortable trip. Read on for more details of what to pack for Namibia.

A Note on Packing Light

If internal flights are part of your Namibian itinerary, you’ll want to pack light. For domestic flights, the luggage allowance is usually limited to a maximum of 20kg (44 lbs), including hand luggage, so do bear this in mind when packing.


Namibia’s climate varies from region to region, so it’s important to take clothing suitable for different weather conditions. It’s also worth considering the activities you’ll be participating in. Given Namibia’s spectacular wildlife, safaris and game viewing are often part of the itinerary. For this, comfortable and casual clothing that you can wash and wear is recommended. Thankfully, most lodges and camps provide a same-day laundry service.

Go Lightweight, Loose and Long

When planning what to pack for Namibia, remember the three ‘Ls’. Take lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen to stay cool and comfortable. It’s also advisable to pack long-sleeved shirts and trousers to protect yourself from the sun, especially during game drives and hikes.

Warm Layers

There’s actually a fourth ‘L’ that could be added to the list above: layers. Namibia’s desert regions can get chilly at night, so pack warm items like a fleece jacket or a lightweight jumper. Game drives are generally conducted in the early morning and the late afternoon, which can be cold, especially in winter. Layers are ideal as they can be removed as the temperatures (along with your excitement levels) begin to rise. And make sure to pack a waterproof jacket in case of rain.

Choose Muted Colours

It’s better to avoid dark fabrics which will absorb sunlight and feel uncomfortable in the heat. Likewise, white clothes aren’t recommended, as they will quickly become dusty and dirty. Natural colours such as khaki, green, brown and beige are ideal for any African adventure.


If you plan to visit coastal areas or you’re staying in accommodation with swimming pools, don’t forget to pop your favourite swimwear in your luggage.

Footwear and Accessories


Namibia offers plenty of opportunities for walking and hiking, so pack comfortable closed-toe shoes, suitable for different terrains. Sturdy sandals or hiking boots are recommended, along with a pair of flip flops or sliders for showering.

Sunglasses and a Hat

Namibia is known for its beautiful sunshine and protecting yourself from the rays is essential. A wide-brimmed hat or a cap with a neck flap will shield your face, neck and ears, while a good pair of sunglasses with UV protection will safeguard your eyes from the sunlight.

Toiletries and Medicines

Everyday Essentials

When it comes to toiletries, start by packing a high SPF sunscreen that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Many lodges provide basics like soap and shampoo, but you may wish to bring your own, in which case try to avoid inorganic products (for the sake of the environment) and big bottles (to save space in your luggage).

Insect Repellent

Namibia is home to various insects, including mosquitos. Pack a reliable insect repellent to protect yourself from bites, especially if you plan to visit areas with a higher risk of malaria or other insect-borne diseases.


Be sure to pack any necessary prescription medications and painkillers for ailments. Charter flights can be shaky, so have motion sickness medications within reach if your trip involves light aircraft. If you suffer from hay fever, you’ll also want to have antihistamines to hand. And you might find eye-drops helpful due to the frequent dust exposure during excursions. If you’re visiting areas of Namibia where malaria is a risk, be sure to bring malaria tablets.

First Aid Kit

It’s always a good idea to carry a basic first aid kit with plasters, antiseptic cream and wound spray.

Top Tech

When considering what to pack for Namibia, certain accessories will take your safari experience and wildlife watching to another level.


Namibia’s wildlife is both abundant and astonishing, so you’ll want to see it as clearly as possible. Binoculars will enhance your game-viewing experience, allowing you to spot incredible animals from a distance.

Travel Adapter

Namibia uses Type D and Type M electrical outlets, so be sure to pack a travel adapter to charge your devices.

Camera and Extra Memory Cards

Namibia’s scenery can only be described as extremely photogenic. Be prepared to be mesmerised by its beauty, especially at sunrise and sunset. So don’t forget to pack your camera and extra memory cards to capture these magical moments. A camera with a wide angle zoom lens will give you the best pictures.

A Power Pack or Solar Charger

To boost your battery when out and about – you won’t want to miss any photo opportunities!

Documents and Cash

Travel Insurance

It’s essential to have comprehensive travel insurance for travel to Namibia. As some policies are not recognised in Namibia, check with your provider if their product is accepted before you travel, and seek alternative coverage for activities where necessary.

Cash and Cards

While credit cards are commonly used in major towns and cities, it’s a good idea to carry some cash for smaller establishments or remote areas where card payments may not be possible.

Keep electronic copies of your passport, credit cards, travel insurance and other important documents, so that you can access them online if you lose anything.

Travel Essentials

Finally, here are some essential items that will make your trip to Namibia more comfortable:

A torch

Camps get very dark at night. A headtorch is ideal, but handheld also works fine.

Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial in Namibia’s hot climate. Carry a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day and reduce plastic waste.

Zip Lock Bags

These can be handy for storing snacks, protecting electronics from dust or sand, or keeping wet clothes separate from the rest of your belongings.

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