Another important element of preparing for Africa is figuring out what clothes to pack.
When packing for two months, you need to factor in several things:
- The weather. Word on the street is it is about 85 F each day in Uganda.
- The culture. I need to dress modestly (which isn’t a huge issue for me) but I need to make sure that I don’t wear shorts (capris are okay), keep my shoulders mostly covered, and have at least one dress for church.
- The day to day. I don’t want to wear anything that I will be afraid to get dirty. I need to like it enough to wear it for two months, but not so much that if it gets ruined I will bat an eyelash.
- The safari. I potentially need different clothes for the safari portion of my trip than for the orphanage part of my trip. I need clothes that will protect me from nature, but blend in with nature enough to not scare away the animals, and be comfortable for traveling. This has probably been the trickiest part of my packing. Until this frock was suggested:
This is an adult tiger costume pajama. And here is the product description on Amazon: Easy Snap Up Front, Pocket for Valuables, Warm and Snuggly Costume Doubles as PJ’s For Use Inside and Out.
We can thank Jill for filling me in on this well kept secret of the internet. We decided there were a lot of pros to this ensemble.
I mean, it would be comfortable, keep the Mosquitos off me, AND I would totally blend in with the animals. I could probably get really close to nature.
Then there is the valuables pocket. Jill suggested that, to be safe, the pocket should hold raw meat. That way, if the animals decide to eat me, I can throw it to them and run away really fast or climb a tall tree like Katniss (we do try to bring all things back to Hunger Games whenever possible).
And BONUS! There is a variety of animal designs available, so I can change clothes depending on what animal we are trying to get the closest to that particular day:
Lions, giraffes, even dinosaurs!
Yes, I think I am prepared for all of my African adventures.
Now the only question that remains is A) what necklace would go best with the dinosaur costume, and B) which one should I wear for the plane ride over? I’m thinking giraffe – I don’t want anyone to think I am a real wild animal and be scared to sit by me on the plane ride. Or maybe I do want that… more room to stretch out and lay down for the long flights… hmm….
And just in case you think I’m kidding, (ok, I am totally kidding) this has worked in real life! Check it out!
(here is a link to the panda photos with more pics and a slight explanation)