I had the most amazing time in Kenya and still have so many pictures to sort through, print and blog about. I was looking through some of the photos and decided to start with a recap of what I wore. So the weather was amazing y’all. Something like 70 degrees every day we were there. Perfect weather for the safari’s and traveling from city to the bush. We touched down in Nairobi where we spent two days (more on that later) and we traveled to the smaller cities and national reserves. I loved how I could pretty much dress there the same as I do in the states. I did buy a bunch of camping style clothes, but I really didn’t have to do that. During what is fall for them, summer for us, the weather is really mild. I thought it would be really hot and I’d be all sweaty, but I was very comfortable.
When we were on the national reserve amongst the tribal people, I wore pants and my head covered. I wore my head covered because there is mostly dust on the national reserves and it got in my hair so bad that my hair looked brown at the end of the days when I didn’t cover it.
So let’s talk about this outfit I wore when I was in Isiolo, Kenya. It’s a comfy, light weight cotton top in my favorite color family. I paired it with an ankle length skirt that Ive had for years. This skirt is light, but covers a lot of leg while still allowing air to flow freely through it. I wore some flimsy sandals which worked fine where the ground was paved, but not a great idea for my feet when we got onto to reserve where there were rocks and thorns. I made it through though. I covered my hair, which was in plaits, with a black Pashmina Blanket Scarf. Having a few of these with me on the trip came in handy for dust and wind. I used to it wrap my face one night when it was super windy. I finished off this outfit with some Kenyan bracelets in red. green, black and white. You can order similar ones here and here.
I mimicked the same look on the first two days after we arrived. Another long skirt, tee and head wrap. The only difference is I bought a second wrap with me for my arms and face. The wind and dust blowing through the Land Rovers in the evenings was powerful and warping the scarf around my face helped.
When I wasn’t in a skirt and top, I had on convertible outdoor pants, a tee and a jacket. I found four cute pair of outdoor pants to wear which were super comfy, light weight, quick drying, had UV protectant and bug repellant. The Zika virus was a big problem at the time so I kept my arms and legs covered whenever possible. This was also so I didn’t have to spray Deet bug spray directly on my skin day after to day. Here are some cute options similar to mine here and here. I finished this outfit with comfy sneakers. They were a must for the amount of walking we did during the daytime.
This was pretty much my style of dress the entire time I was in Kenya, except for bedtime clothes. When I go again, I’d bring some regular jeans and tees versus shopping for outdoor pants. They were comfy, but I could have saved about $150 if I didn’t buy those items specifically for the trip.