… for those ‘good to have but not essential’ photography related items.
Ideally I’d carry my monopod with my camera bag. A monopod is very useful when you’re holding a heavy telephoto lens for a period of time waiting to photograph a moment of action or specific behaviour. They collapse down for storage in lugagge and in the safari vehicles. When used, they don’t take up much space in their floor ‘footprint’. A tripod is out of the question for safari vehicles unless you have it all to yourself.
If I have room and my airline allows it, I will carry my monopod and head (plus the connecting plates for head to camera – remember to bring these too!) in my camera bag. If not, it goes in the hold luggage.
I often carry a shemagh when I’m on safari. This is one of those arabic style head scarfs. They have multiple uses, firstly to keep you warm on cold mornings and evenings. Secondly, a useful camera / lens cover throughout the day and thirdly if I have room in my camera bag it is also extra padding.
I also like to take a few hex keys for my monopod and connecting plates. Ideally this will be in my camera bag but if it is problematic with airport security then they may need to go in my hold luggage. I also have a Giotto rocket dust blower for sensor cleaning. It’s shaped like a hand grenade and I’ve given up on explaining this to airport security so now it just goes in my hold luggage!