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Johannesburg – What to Pack – Clothing and Supplies Tips

Johannesburg – What to Pack

If you are planning your first visit to Johannesburg, in South Africa, you may find yourself wondering what to pack. There are many items that come in useful, including a backpack, umbrella, lightweight jacket, breathable clothing and heavy suitcases. Here are some of the reasons you may want to bring these items along.

Heavy Luggage

While heavy luggage is not something you pack, it can help to keep the items you pack safe. Many travelers report that their luggage was handled roughly at the airport. Having heavy luggage helps it to stand up this abuse while keeping all of your items safe during transport.


As a tourist, you have a lot of items to carry. You may have a camera, umbrella, sunscreen and other items. A backpack is the easiest way to carry around everything you need, so be sure to bring one with you. However, crime is rampant in Johannesburg, so never leave money or your wallet in the backpack in case it gets stolen.

Light Jacket

it can be cold in the winter and even in the mornings during summer days. Packing a light weight jacket helps to ensure you don’t use too much space in your luggage while also helping you to stay warm when it is cool out.

Breathable Clothing

Johannesburg is a dry heat most of the time. This means that you will sweat. You want breathable clothing to wear. Things like jeans will become heavy with your sweat, making you feel even warmer and more uncomfortable. It can also cause heat rashes and chaffing, so pack comfortable, breathable clothing.

Clothes to Pack


When traveling during rainy season, which is from November to March, a folding umbrella is useful for afternoon storms. Also, thin plastic bags can be used to cover your backpack or purse, if you use one. If you don’t have an umbrella, street vendors sell them for an inflated price.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack for Johannesburg.

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