Useful Cape Town travel packing tips and travel preparation

I'm sure you'll find these Cape Town travel packing tips useful because you'll probably be thinking about the journey ahead and it's often difficult to concentrate on what you need. There's always something you might forget in the last minute confusion before you get to the airport.

What you take along depends on your country of destination, the season and what you intend to be doing. Cape Town is situated on the South Western tip of the continent and is well known for its changeable weather. The region experiences winter rainfall, and the warm to hot summer months officially run between November and February.

Your travel preparation should include packing suitable clothes. Prepare for unseasonal colder weather than you had anticipated, even in warmer months.

In Cape Town you can get by with a warm coat and a rain suit in the colder months. Umbrellas are cumbersome in the wind. It can become uncomfortably hot in the summer months except when the 'Cape Doctor' wind is active. The summer evenings are cool.

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Generally you'll find that lightweight clothes and a windbreaker, should be sufficient for a summer visit.

Make sure that your travel preparation includes good quality tour luggage which is easily transportable. A suitcase with a grab handle and wheels is useful at airports when a trolley is inconvenient or not readily available.

Hand luggage should include a smaller bag with a shoulder strap, or a belt pouch, for personal requirements.

You want to have a comfortable flight overseas and your luggage should therefore be convenient to pack and carry.

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Be prepared for the sun: South Africa is a hot country and the U.V. sun factor can be high in places. Cape Town is no exception.

If you are not used to the hot sun, especially when you have fair skin, take precautions. Bring sun block and good sunglasses.

If necessary your personal requirements, medication etc. can be purchased in local stores and pharmacies (drugstores). If you are on prescription medication, be sure to bring a copy of your prescription along.

Important: Record details of your travel documents before you leave. Note credit card numbers, travellers checks etc. and write down procedures and telephone numbers in case of loss.

Make copies of your passport and other personal documents, and package separately. Nominate a family member or a trustworthy person in your home country to assist you should your documents be mislaid.

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Remember to have your passport, boarding card and other necessary documents to hand. They should be easily accessible when you board your flight.

What About Duty Free? The South African currency is the Rand or ZAR.
You may bring gifts or souvenirs into South Africa duty free to the value of ZAR 400 approx at the time of writing. Duty is then levied at 20%.

A minimum amount of wine, alcohol, tobacco products and toiletries is also permitted.

Cape Town Travel packing tips - SA Customs information

Lastly: Your travel preparation should include making advance arrangements with your airline should you have any special requirements on your flight, such as seating for children, vegetarian food etc.

And don't forget to confirm your departure date and time!

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