Do you feel the urge to pack things to give to underprivileged children in Africa? Many of our guests arrive with items like clothing and books that they hope to donate to a good cause while on their African safari. However, even though the intention is fantastic, the items are often inappropriate (I once saw an old pair of ski boots in a rural village in Zambia!). Now, thanks to Wilderness Safaris’ new partnership with ‘Pack for a Purpose’ you can support education in rural areas while on a Wilderness Safaris circuit by bringing them much-needed stationery and educational supplies. There are already a few Wilderness Safaris camps on the website and they hope to add many more in the near future.
To check out the cause, go to www.packforapurpose.org/. Or follow the packing instructions below:
School Supplies: The following new items should be taken out of their original packaging and placed in the lightest possible plastic or fabric resealable bags: pens, pencils, erasers, individual pencil sharpeners, solar calculators, protractors and colored pencils. The following items should be kept in their original packaging to prevent breakage: crayons, chalk, plastic and wooden rulers should be wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent breakage. Games such as Scrabble®, Connect Four®, Dominoes® and Bananagrams® should be left in their original packages.
Medical Supplies: Expensive items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, etc. should be put in plastic or fabric resealable bags and packed in your carry-on luggage. The following new items should be taken out of their original packaging and placed in the lightest possible plastic or fabric resealable bags: Band-Aids, bandages and any other items where the weight would be reduced by eliminating the original packaging.
Soccer Balls: Soccer balls should be deflated by moistening an inflation needle and carefully inserting it into the valve. After the needle is inserted, gently apply pressure to the ball until the ball is deflated. Remove the needle and tape it to the deflated ball. The deflated balls can be stacked to save space or soft items such as socks can be positioned in the cavities. Each deflated soccer ball will weigh about 1 lb.