Essential Car Rental & Self Drive Packing List For A Safari


Uganda is a great country to go on a self-drive because of the spectacular scenic drives and numerous camping opportunities. If you think that all you need to do is pack your clothes after booking a car through 4×4 self-drive Uganda then you may end up encountering some inconveniences during your trip like getting bit by insects or getting lost. We want you to have an awesome adventure in Uganda that’s why we have listed down all the self-drive essential packing lists to make driving your 4×4 self-drive Uganda rental car even more stress-free.
Save yourself from the stonking headache, and confusion of what to pack and what to leave behind when organizing for your most exciting trip. Hit the road ready for your adventure with the following road trip packing list.,

Google maps safari destination download

Google maps help in the easy identification of the region you will be travelling to. Although these Google maps may be given, it’s a great option to download your safari destination area for easy access. This comes in handy even when you are offline or when stuck in a place with no service, however it can also be another way of saving your data for other things.

Google maps with the help of the “My apps “application helps you create your map and highlights your stopping points

GPS unit

Using your portable smartphone instead of a GPS Unit might be your perfect choice but A GPS will save you from the hustle of switching between apps or exiting the navigation to check out a new place, which can sometimes be so annoying. However, a GPS Unit quickly simplifies the Navigation process and does not require the internet.


Driving a car does not mean you are completely protected from the sun that is why is recommended, that you put on sunscreen with high SPF to avoid too much sunburn during the hot dry seasons as well as the heat from hotter safari destinations such as Kidepo National park. Some people only apply sunscreen on their arms and legs but a bit is important that you also apply them on your face, neck and you’re scalp.

Prepaid sim card

All long-term travellers are advised to purchase or take our 4×4 prepaid sim cards because you will need access to better connection and full-time services in case of any arising problem or car breakdown

Insect repellent

Controlling your precious skin should not disorganize your self-drive safari, better yet you can keep it away from mosquito and other nasty insect bites by using reliable insect repellent. This will come in handy when you are planning to go for a night game drive, hiking in the forest as well as camping. For better results, always try to follow instructions before using.

Awesome digital camera

digital camera

suitable for making good photoshoots

This seems to also be pretty obvious and one needs to make the best selections of solid cameras that can make good shots during the day as well as during the nighttime. Your selected camera should be able to handle all your shooting scenarios and should be waterproof and shockproof.

Torch or Lantern

These come in handy with any trip because you never know what will ever happen with your hired car at night or else camping overnight and you need to set it up as well as cook. On the other hand, headlamps are also a must carry among the essential Ugandan packing list because of the perfect hands-free lighting solution such as the need to read, cook, hanging a tent among others

Food and drinks

This is one of the most basic needs that can’t be left out. Driving yourself for any holiday means you will automatically get hungry and most suburban stores close early, therefore you can get food and drinks in   24-hour convenience stores or even supermarkets. You can also opt for healthy snacks including protein bars and whole wheat crackers and of course lots of bottled water instead of sodas.

First Aid Kit

This may seem obvious but you might forget this natural road trip item on your packing list. You may either make your own or purchase a standard one that will act as an added advantage such that in case you experience any illness/cough or even a cut during your hiking activity, you will not scratch To search for the immediate pharmacy.


Avid wildlife and bird spotters will always opt for a better look at the long-distance sightings in the wilderness, that is why it is always advisable to carry a pair of binoculars such that you get clear views and don’t regret your safari vacation in Uganda


Clothes for your trip

We all want to feel comfortable when driving. The most important thing is to park comfy clothing for your safari including T-shirts, and relaxed Cargo pants, among others because being uncomfortable on a long car drive is its special form of torture

The African weather is unpredictable, which is why a full raincoat or a waterproof jacket, comes in handy with every trip you will be organizing.


Toiletries such as Shampoo, hand sanitisers, rolls of toilet paper or wipes, hand lotions, bug spray, and chap sticks among others. This help whenever you take a short break to the washroom /places of convenience.