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
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
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
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
Sports bras, for women
Cold weather accessories
Mittens or gloves (waterproof, a thin pair, a thick pair)
Balaclava or neck protection
Hand and foot warmers (chemically activated)
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
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
- 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
- Bring an extra set of batteries for headlamp / flashlight and camera, because in cold weather their lifespan will shorten
- 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
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Handi-wipes (wet wipes for cleaning)
- Hand cleanser
- Glasses etc.
- 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.
- 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)
- branch pliers
- Acetazolamide (for altitude sickness)