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Botswana Highlights Safari – My Virtual Suitcase

Sanctuary Retreats know a thing or two about safari’s and amazing relaxing holidays. I know a lot about fashion and packing for holidays. So we’ve decided to collaborate as I pack my virtual suitcase with the inspiration of Botswana as my luxury destination.

First off baggage allowance is not an issue, so don’t try to replicate this virtual suitcase all at once. These are simply my dream pieces that I would love to take on a Sanctuary Retreats Highlights of Botswana Safari. So take a few pieces and incorporate into your own holiday collection, remembering it’s not all about the clothes its about safari essentials too!

Having not been on safari before (unless you count a short day in a South African reserve), I did a little bit of research and scoured the internet for top tips to build my perfect virtual suitcase.

First off the case. I know, it needs to be relatively lightweight and nothing too glamourous since we’re going out into the bush. But there is just something so romantic about a decent, leather, vintage suitcase – and I couldn’t resist a fabulous leather suitcase such as the one below.

Sanctuary Retreats Virtual Suitcase

I know Mrs LadyM has some leather suitcases stashed away that are family heirlooms – so I won’t have to buy one, just dust it off a little but you can source them via eBay, vintage shops, car boot sales, just keep your eyes peeled for these gems!

Next the essentials – I’m going to list them so that my packing brain gets in gear

  • Camera
  • Safari hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfy trainers
  • Washbag
  • Mini rucksack for day trips
  • Safari Trousers
  • Tribal print for night
  • Airy shirts for day time
  • Lightweight knit
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Moisturiser
  • Sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Holiday treat *find out more later*

Note there is no travel hairdryer, no hair straighteners, no high heels, no masses of cosmetics – this is all about getting wild and into nature with a fabulous Highlights tour of Botswana. Go with the flow, let your hair dry naturally and let your skin breathe – give your body a holiday as well as your mind!

So here are my picks of what makes it into my #virtualsuitcase (check out my inspiration board on Pinterest!)

Canon 50D Camera – you need a decent camera for such an amazing trip. Capture the wildlife, the experience and remember lots of memory cards and good lenses to make it all worthwhile


Safari hat – look cool and shade you face from the hot heat of Botswana with this stylish Barmah Foldaway Leather Suede hat from The Safari Store.



Insect repellent – take no prisoners! You can either eat a lot of marmite, drink a lot of G&T’s for the tonic or use sensible insect repellent – available at all good chemists.

Comfy trainers – I love these Carvela Kurt Geiger Limber Leather Trainers. Fitting in with the colour scheme but a touch of Brit Chic glamour whilst out in the Jeep! Available from

Carvela Kurt Geiger Limber Leather Trainers


Washbag – Sophia & Matt, a fabulous lifestyle brand from Greenwich, London have bright and funky washbags that will perk up your trip and hold all your bathroom goodies. My pick is the Pebble Spot Wash Bag


Mini rucksack for day trips – ok so I did say mini, but this Herschel Post Mid Volume Backpack is perfect. A bit leopard print in a funky purple grey hue, available from Bagservant, inspired by vintage mountainerring equipment – this will see you through an adventorous day


Safari Trousers – these ones from Dorothy Perkins are fab. In keeping with the safari colour scheme yet stylish and you can wear again!


Tribal print for night – Afrikana/Tribal prints are on trend again this season. Perfect for a relaxed evening look this Burnout Tribal Print Top from Forever 21


Safari Jacket – this Serengeti jacket is perfect for getting the Safari look whilst keeping you dry, cool and with plenty of pockets for everything you could need during the trip


Lightweight knit – merino is the perfect wool for this trip – cooling in hot climates, warming in the cold; so make sure it’s to hand in your day pack! Such as this Merino Crew Cardigan in Ivory from Gap


Sun tan lotion – something you should never forget to pack. It can get to 32°C in November in Botswana – so play it safe with factor 50 and some great aftersun too.

Moisturiser – Collagen gel based moisturisers are fabulous for restoring skin after being in the sun and also making sure you keep your skin in great condition. Collin Resultime High Diffusion Hydrating Gel-Cream will see you through


Sunglasses – perfect for safari time, keep your eyes out of the rays and look stylish at the same time with these fabulous sunglasses from Avenue32 by Moseley Tribes – a touch of camouflage to add to the situation!


First aid kit – it’s a dangerous place out there and even though Sanctuary Retreats have the best hosts and tour guides around – pack a first aid kit so that you’re ready whatever the emergency whether big or small

Holiday treat – so this is my special entrant to the virtual suitcase – the champagne cooler from Sand & Storm – it comes in tan canvas which fits in with the safari theme and is perfect for sundowner cocktails and a glass of bubbly at the end of a hard day holidaying!


Let me know if I’ve missed anything and what you’d pack for your Botswana Safari!

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