When we heard Sophia Bush was embarking on a weeklong trip in Uganda to meet with three ethical fashion brands—31 Bits, Akola Project, and Sseko Designs—our ears immediately perked up. What would the actress pack for such an adventure? Luckily, Bush was happy to give us a peek at the contents of her very stylish suitcase, which included everything from her go-to camera to versatile sandals and a bikini for swimming with great whites. Keep reading to see all of Bush’s safari essentials!
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Sseko Designs Ivory Square Scarf ($30)
"This black-and-white scarf is such a staple on long trips. It doubles as a sun shield and a great way to keep warm once the sun sets."
31 Bits Sea Swell Necklace ($48)
"I love this 31 Bits piece. It’s delicate and intricate and manages to go with everything. I’ll wear it with long dresses and T-shirts, too."
Sseko Chestnut Nomad Booties ($130)
"I always love a neutral flat bootie, but even more so when I travel. These work with nice dresses, shorts, jeans—anything."
Rag & Bone Boyfriend Shorts ($145)
"Boyfriend shorts are the greatest thing to happen to shorts. Ever. These are super-flattering, easy to wear, and beyond comfortable."
Sony NEX-7 Camera ($576)
"I never go anywhere without this guy. It has its own Wi-Fi signal, so I can upload photos to my phone anywhere, making it so easy to keep up with friends and family back home."
Apolis Transit Issue Camera Strap ($98)
"My friends at Apolis gave me this strap years ago, and I have used it ever since. It only gets prettier with age. I love the classic colour."
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Isabel Marant Allen Embroidered Silk Top ($780)
"This top is so light and airy and also keeps my shoulders covered. I love the texture of the embroidery on it."
Vintage 1960s Straw Woven Bag ($45)
"I found this bag years ago at the Rose Bowl flea market and have travelled with it so much since then. It’s timeless, and I can fit a little pair of binoculars in it!"
Sseko Designs Roseline Chiffon Sandals ($60)
"These sandals are super-versatile and made here in Uganda at Sseko. I have this pair, as well as a pair in black, and I love that I can mix and match the ties to create so many more colour combos!"
Gladys Tamez Millinery Esthella Hat ($3955)
"Gladys makes some of my favourite hats. A big straw hat is crucial on a trip like this, to keep you protected from the sun on safari and keep you looking polished in town as well."
31 Bits The Globetrotter Bracelets ($19)
"These amazing bracelets are made by hand by incredible women at 31 Bits in Uganda. They are so sculptural and fun."
Marysia Antibes Bikini ($260)
"I love Marysia’s classic, timeless swimsuits. The blush colour of this one is so pretty! And I needed it to go under my wetsuit for cage diving with the great whites!"
I Smell Great Beach Babe Soft Body Whip ($28)
"Long days of travel make me really value quality beauty products. Our body whip is so moisturizing, which I always feel like I need after long flights. The hair fragrance is something I keep in my bag and use all day. I love smelling great and adding a little texture to my hair when I am on the go!"
I Smell Great Wild Honey Reactive Lush Lip ($28)
"Keeping my lips hydrated and smelling amazing is such a simple way to feel great all day. Plus, these taste incredible!"
Anya Hindmarch Yes/No Imperial Clutch ($1450)
"The word 'yes' became something of a personal mantra for me years ago, and one of my best friends got me this beautiful clutch as a reminder. It’s punchy and fun and perfect to take out to dinner, plus it always starts great conversations!"
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The Great. The Shirtdress ($425)
"I am so in love with all of the pieces from The Great. This dress is super-light, so soft, and looks really polished with a leather wrap belt and my flat brown booties. I can throw on the Dannijo booties with heels at night and be instantly ready to go!"
Maiyet Open Loop Bracelet ($795)
"This bangle is a great heavier piece that coordinates perfectly with the Sseko pieces. I love the mixed-metal look."
Reformation Mariana Dress ($198)
"This is one of my favourite dresses. I think I have it in six colours! It’s soft yet structured and looks both polished and romantic. Perfect for travel!"
Dannijo Isadora Necklace ($695)
"This whole collection is so, so good. It’s such an intricate piece that stands out while somehow managing to go with everything. I’ve been wearing it with all my dresses."
The Great. Meadow Eyelet Trim Cotton Voile Top ($350)
"Classic, comfortable, and light—it’s perfect in the African heat and still so pretty and soft."
Akola Project Zodian Necklace ($88)
"This horn necklace comes from Jinja, Africa. It’s one of my favourite pieces, and I am so excited to meet with the women who make it!"
Dannijo Rexi Boots ($495)
"I am so in love with these boots! They’re a great neutral, a perfect way to dress up a little if need be without wearing a full-on strappy high heel, and the beads on them make them so fun!"
Sseko Designs Sole Sister Bangle Set ($50)
"I love, love, love stackable bangles. These are great because you can pinch them to fit your wrist, which means I won’t lose them even though I talk with my hands so much!"
Tiny Beautiful Things Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar ($8) by Cheryl Strayed
"Cheryl is one of my all-time favourite authors. This book will make you laugh, cry, and feel more deeply human. This is the third time I’m reading it."
Ancient Greek Sandals Lalaounis Sandals ($396)
"These sandals are the perfect flesh colour for my skin tone. They’re comfortable and look good with everything. I’ll wear them with the Reformation dress, my denim shorts, and my swimsuit!"
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