- Head lamp
- Duct tape (solves all the world’s problems. That, and it helps seal off holes where mosquitoes, gnats and scorpions could enter the tent).
- Ear plugs - Believe me, you’ll be glad that you brought them.
- Binoculars - something MUCH stronger than 8 X 21
- Camera that runs off of standard batteries (AAA, AA) in the event that there is no electricity or if you are in an area that doesn’t sell the specialized batteries.
- Cell Boosters or Cell Crank for your cell phone if there is no electricity
- Ensure that your cell phone can run off the African GSM network. This is not the same as that used in Europe or the US. Check out Safari.com. Also, text messaging is cheaper than making a phone call.
- Mosquito net, recommended, not required.
- Body powder - so you don’t feel as sticky in the heat, helps with heat rash
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Candy for the local kids. Bring candy that doesn’t have a wrapper like mints with a hard outer coating, or is wrapped in something biodegradable since people seem to toss their garbage everywhere.
- Cheap sunglasses with UV protection to give away as gifts.
- Get small denominations of Kenyan Shillings while you are in Nairobi (50s, 100s and 200s). Once in the countryside, few people can/are willing to change large bills.