Cape Town

What to pack for a summer trip in Cape Town

Summer is upon us, and the top summer holiday destination in South Africa is Cape Town. With so many Things to Do, it’s important to know which items are crucial to include when packing your suitcase for the Cape.

In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of ‘must-have’ items to pack when travelling to Cape Town.

1. Walking shoes

Whether you’re exploring the city or embarking on one of Cape Town’s iconic hikes, you’ll be walking a lot! Pack sturdy walking or hiking shoes that will keep you comfortable during your on-foot explorations. We highly recommend going on a hike up Lion’s Head or Table Mountain – not only will you be hiking one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, but you’ll also enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Mother City! For the brave explorer, abseil down the side of Table Mountain’s cliffs!

2. Swimsuit

Cape Town is known for its picture-perfect beaches and cold ocean temperatures, making it the best place to cool down during the heat of summer! With many water-based activities like surfing, shark cage diving, water bikes and more, packing a swimsuit is essential for a visit to SA’s coastal capital!

3. Camera

With so many amazing sites offering incredible photo opportunities, there’s no need to be a pro at taking photos – Cape Town’s beauty does the work for you! Make sure to pack a camera as well as a portable charger to keep your smartphone charged – you don’t want to miss a picture-perfect moment while in town! Explore the Cape’s best photography spots with a guided tour of the Peninsula or a helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view.

4. Sunscreen

The African sun is no joke, especially if you are exploring the outdoors on a safari. Pack a high SPF sunscreen, as well as sunglasses and a comfortable hat. Remember to stay hydrated in the heat – always keep bottled water with you when you’re out and about!

5. Tums/Eno’s

Cape Town is a hub for top-tier culinary cuisine, with many vibrant markets and famous restaurants  – including La Colombe, Thali, Kloof Street House and more! With all these opportunities for a fabulous feast, it’s important to pack tums or Eno’s to make your culinary experience an enjoyable one!

6. Common sense

Like with any major city, common sense is a must with petty theft and pick pockets. Be alert, look after your belongings and don’t flaunt your valuables. Make sure to write down local emergency numbers, and for international visitors – make sure to know where your country’s embassy is located.

From sunny beaches and breath-taking hikes to famous restaurants and award-winning wineries, Cape Town has it all! Make sure to pack these essential items and enjoy your trip to one of the top travel destinations in the world!

Looking for more adventures in Cape Town? Visit for a full list of activities that you can book and pay for online!

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