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Kilimanjaro Climbers Packing List

  • The backpack that the carriers carry is limited to 15 kg

  • Overweight or extra baggage $ 20 per day

  • Store electronics in sealed waterproof bags (double sealed if possible)

  • Wrap clothes in plastic bags

  • In the day package, bring at least water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket.

  • Add any other items you need during the day as you may not see your wearers until the end of the day.

  • You may want to bring some older warm garments as gifts for your guides and porters or as a donation to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society.


  • Day backpack, to bring yourself

  • Large travel bag or backpack, for porters

  • Plastic bags

  • Clothes whose inner layer wicks away moisture,

  • Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be waterproof but breathable.

  • You need clothes for walking during the day, lounging at night and sleeping in.

  • Layers are important because the temperatures vary widely.

  • Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold there!

  • Shorts, only for the first and last day

  • Pants, for walking and for relaxing at night

  • Short sleeve blouse or T-shirts

  • Long-sleeved shirts for walking and lounging at night

  • Thermo underpants

  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater

  • Fleece pants

  • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)

  • Raincoat, needed in warm rainforest and cold snow

  • Rain pants, needed in warm rainforest and cold snow

  • Underwear

  • Sports bras, for women

Cold weather accessories

  • Mittens or gloves (waterproof, a thin pair, a thick pair)

  • Wool hat

  • Balaclava or neck protection

  • Hand and foot warmers (chemically activated)

  • Shoes

  • Make sure to break in your shoes before the hike!

  • Trekking shoes for daytime walking, preferably warm, waterproof and with ankle support – neither too light nor too heavy

  • comfortable shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening


  • Hiking socks for warmer conditions

  • Wool socks for colder conditions

  • Insoles to wick moisture away

To sleep

  • Sleeping bag (rated -25 ° C / -10 ° F or colder is recommended)

  • Sleeping mat and repair set

  • Tents are provided free of charge by Zebra safaris
    Foam sleeping mats are provided free of charge by Zebra safaris (thermosets are highly recommended, however)


  • Water bottle and Camelbak (with a valve) 2 pcs
    Your guides will boil water for you along the route or use steripen (water filter) to purify the water.
  • To keep the water from freezing on top day, keep your water source in your jacket.
  • Gatorade / AA or any other drink mix helps with flavor and minerals.
  • Water filter or iodine purification tablets
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Money ($ 400 or more in cash, including some small US dollars and Euros – or Tanzanian shillings
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, tripod
  • Video camera
  • Batteries
  • Bring an extra set of batteries for headlamp / flashlight and camera, because in cold weather their lifespan will shorten
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, diary, pencil and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars, hard candies, snacks and comfort foods
  • Umbrella, especially useful in the rainy season, can be bought in the market for around $ 4
  • Plastic bags and zipper bags for water tightness
  • Sewing box


  • Toilet paper (and bag to take used paper with you when you are out and about)
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (wet wipes for cleaning)
  • Hand cleanser
  • Lotion
  • Glasses etc.


  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Vaccination Information
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets / timetable, leave a copy at someone’s home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

First aid

  • Ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin
  • Band aids
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • anti insect spray Deet
  • Disinfectant cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • saline solution for dehydration
  • malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • scissors
  • branch pliers
  • Acetazolamide (for altitude sickness)