Trip Preparation

2 to 18 months from Trip - Contact your Booking Agent or Outfitter
  •  What time of year do you want to go? 
  •  What budget are you working with?
  •  Who will be in your party: How many Hunters & Observers? 
  •  Check personal documents (Make sure passport and visas are current) 
  •  Contact Travel Doctor and establish immunization schedule (if required)
  •  Get active! You will enjoy your adventure more the more fit you are  

9 - 12 months from Trip - Work with Booking Agent (Africa Hunt Lodge will assist) for airline tickets 
  •  Check on any CITIES permits required for your hunt, i.e. Leopard, Elephant with your booking agent
  •  Decide on and book any tourist travel, excursions, and car rentals
  •  Apply for visas if they will be needed 

6 - 9 months from Trip - Check on status of CITIES permits required for your hunt
  •  Apply for Proof of Ownership for each weapon you intend to take with you
  •  Check with Booking Agent or Outfitter on required Gun Permits and gather required paperwork for submission
  •  Check cameras to be sure they are working 
  •  Check luggage (zippers/ locks, etc.) 
  •  Check with your financial institution and make sure your bank card/credit cards will work abroad 
  •  Be sure to get written confirmation from your Booking Agent or Outfitter
  •  If you need new shoes, buy them now and begin breaking them in
  •  Practice shooting your rifle 

2-4 months from Trip - Arrange for someone to watch your home / care for your pets / plants
  • Create or revise your will 
1 month from Trip - Order foreign currencies, traveler's checks
  •  Pay balances to Booking Agent 
  •  Pay any bills that will come due while you are gone 
  •  Make copies of all of your documents; itineraries, packing lists, confirmations 
  •  Set up general e-mail account (yahoo, hotmail, gmail)
  •  E-mail copies of travel documents to your general e-mail so that you can access this account while abroad 
  •  Get trophy tags from the taxidermist you plan to use clearly labeled with all delivery information 
2 weeks from Trip - Take photos of your luggage
  •  Provide a family member or friend with contact information and copies of your documents 
  •  Call your credit card companies and alert them you are traveling abroad
  •  Refill any prescriptions that are running low

1-3 days from Trip - Take pets to kennel 
  •  Change voicemail at work 
  •  Activate your "Out of Office" message on work e-mail 
  •  Charge Cell phone, cameras, etc. 
  •  Pack chargers and any converters you need 
  •  Pack your trip journal

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