Most of you have been on safari in Kenya in the past, and returned home with precious memories of quality time spent with loved ones. Although you thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip, Africa got into your blood and you are probably making plans to return.

To prepare you for your next trip to Kenya as a few things have changed and we are not talking about things Covid.

The main changes are to do with single use plastics.

In 2017, Kenya passed a law banning the use, manufacture and importation of single use plastic into the country. This affects travelers into the country. The ban also includes duty free plastic shop bags which travelers have to leave behind at the airport. The only plastic bags allowed are reusable zip-lock plastic bags for cosmetics and toiletries.

In June 2020, another law was passed, banning the use of single use plastics in Kenya’s protected areas. These areas include National Parks & Reserves, conservation areas, forests and beaches.

So how can you pack for a plastic – free safari? Here are some tips

  • Remove any plastic packaging from new items. This will also save on weight, and reduce bulk.
  • Pack a refillable water bottle for use, though most high end camps give their guests a refillable water bottle, which they can refill at the camp
  • Carry a fabric bag for souvenirs. These can also be bought here inexpensively.
  • Carry a tote bag or similar, to store your dirty clothes and/or shoes
  • If you like using straws in your cocktails and juices, carry alternative types of straws, made from glass or silicon.
  • Carry reusable shampoo and lotion containers

Don’t forget, if you are flying to any of the parks or reserves in light aircraft, the baggage allowance still remains at 15 kg per person, in soft, squashy bags.