design   //   June 11, 2018

PACKING FOR AFRICA

Last month’s issue of WSJ Magazine was one of my very favorites – namely because of this editorial with Carolyn Murphy. Photographed by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Geraldine Saglio, the editorial captures what is perhaps the chicest take on neutrals I’ve ever seen. The looks feature pared-down basics (a classic trench, a guazy white blouse, leather sandals) in shades of beige, cream, and khaki. Not only is it making me want to refresh my selection of summer neutrals (adding this and this), but it’s also giving me some serious packing inspiration for my trip to Africa. My safari looks will be decidedly less glamorous than these (let’s be honest: they won’t look anything like this), but at least I’m getting some ideas on how to mix different my neutrals and make the most of my (very) limited packing space.

So, what exactly am I packing? Well, like I said, it’s a lot of neutrals. Since I’ve been to Africa once before, I kind of know the drill. However, we’ll be visiting more camps than we did on the previous trip which means the packing restrictions are much more important. I’m having to be very strategic in order to get 13 days worth of clothing into my duffel bag. Since I wear a lot of neutrals anyway, a lot of the stuff I need is already in my closet. For example, I have a number of olive green and khaki pants that are perfect for this trip – including these and these. J.Crew has been a big help in the form of button-downs like this one (bought it in both colors) and this one. Since it’s cooler in the morning and evening but very hot during the day, layers are key. This t-shirt from Theory happens to be one of my very favorites so I’ll be bringing several of those in the army green color along with this $20 tank I love. Light cashmere sweaters like this one and this Patagonia fleece vest will be essential for early morning drives. I’m also thinking about ordering this jacket (it’s on sale!) as a final layer. The packing is most definitely a work in progress but at least I’m not procrastinating like I usually do.

Any tips on what I should (or should not) pack for my Africa adventure? Do tell!

All images via Lachlan Bailey for WSJ Magazine

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