Don’t leave home without these outdoors essentials, fit for an African safari in the Serengeti, South Africa, and beyond.
Scarpa Terra GTX Boots
This women’s boot borrows from running-shoe technology to roll more naturally, so it “walks” as easily as athletic footwear and will breaks in quickly while on an African safari as well. The full leather upper and Gore-Tex liner deliver dependable waterproofing and trail toughness. $195, scarpa.com.
Thule Chasm 70L Duffel Bag
Safari outfitters typically require light, soft-sided luggage due to small-aircraft space constraints. The waterproof fabric of the Thule Chasm 70L resists scuffs and scrapes, its multiple mesh pockets and light gray interior make it easier to see contents, and, with multiple tie-down points, the duffel can be securely anchored to a Range Rover’s luggage rack. Backpack and shoulder straps also tuck away to avoid snagging in transit. $140, thule.com.
Vortex Viper HD 8×42 Binoculars
The large lenses make spotting wildlife easier with their 8x magnification, bringing subjects close, but not so close that it’s hard to observe groups of animals, such as an entire pride of lions. At just 24.5 ounces, the binocs make it easy to keep the field of vision steady, and their compact 4.9-by-5.6-inch design saves space in carry-ons too. $640, vortexoptics.com.
Nikon Coolpix A1000
This camera weighs about three-quarters of a pound and slips easily into a jacket or vest pocket. But the affordable camera packs outsize specs, shooting ten frames per second (and 4K Ultra HD video) with a relatively wide default setting for nice landscapes and up to 35x zoom. Plus, it captures images in RAW format, which brings details out of the shadows and provides more robust editing options. Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi automatically transfer images to paired phones or tablets. $480, nikonusa.com.
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Danner Feather Light Revival Boot
With a rugged yet flexible sole and a waterproof, breathable upper, this is a highly functional men’s boot – and sharp-looking, too. The outsole’s chunky, wide lugs provide stability on uneven terrain, and its stitchdown construction allows for resoling if it ever wears out. $390, danner.com.
Recent CDC findings show that clothing with embedded permethrin, sold under the Insect Shield label in the U.S., can fend off and even kill ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. These adventure-ready staples are lightweight, dry quickly, and protect outdoorists from bug bites and UV rays: