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Summer Packing Guide: Africa

Right now the East African safari & South African beach getaway I'd slated years ago for this summer is just a pipe dream. My sister (and promised travel partner) is watching after her newborn baby, which is not very conducive to five minute car rides let alone cross-continent travel, and getting two weeks off work seems more exotic a thought than any trip I could cook up. Even Africa.

I'll mourn my long lost vacation by mentally packing for it, since that's one of the best parts of a trip anyway. Most people, I'm sure, would suggest simple, versatile things—or, non-euphemistically, "frumpy stuff." I, on the other hand, would push for packing your Africa-bound suitcase with as many awesome pieces possible. Whether you're in Cairo or Cape Town, you're gonna take a ton of pictures—it's Africa, you'd be crazy not to—so you might as well like your outfits in them, right?

The prettiest camera bag I've ever seen is big enough for your water bottle, malaria pills and map too.

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