If climbing Kilimanjaro is a priority then you should be aware of a few facts before embarking on a feat of personal accomplishment that can have all the telltale signs of making a profound impact. First up, Kilimanjaro is not a climb per se. It’s a trek and a challenging one at that. And challenges are negotiated with careful thought and preparation. That includes your packing list.

Pack everything you really need as weight management is essential. The porters accompanying you will only carry a load of 15 kilos, no more than that.

On Kilimanjaro, you will need a Large Duffel bag (33lb or 16kg) to carry most of your luggage items. It should be durable, lightweight and waterproof and the load in it shouldn’t exceed 15kgs as there are weight restrictions to observe

A 15-25L Hiking Pack will be on your shoulders to carry the essentials that you need immediate access to on the trek (clothes, food water etc). It should be durable, lightweight and waterproof. S

Sleeping bag- Kilimanjaro is chilly even in hotter months with wicked variations of temperature. Temperatures can drop to freezing point at night. Ensure your sleeping bag is for cold weather and thicker with more padding has a sleeping bag liner

Ultra lightweight rain covers– To keep your packs and things dry. Rain is an ever-present threat on the Kilimanjaro trek

Non-disposable water bottles or a camelback– Hydration is important when negotiating high altitudes.

 Hiking poles–  For balance and leverage on the steep trails laden with grit and scree.

Portable Charger– For charging your smartphones and flashlights on the week-long hike

Headlamp/Flashlights –  Extremely useful and necessary tool when navigating in low visibility

Plastic bags– Your dirty clothes and waste go into it. Kilimanjaro is a ‘Leave No Trace’ area, and you are required to take your waste back with you

Clothing
  • 1 Insulated Jacket
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Rain Jacket
  • 1 Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 2 Long Sleeve Shirts, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 Hiking Shorts
  • 2 Hiking Pants
  • 1 Fleece Pants
  • 1 Rain Pants, side zip recommended
  • 3 Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 2 Sports Bra (women)
Headwear
  • 1 Wide Brimmed Hat or Cap
  • 1 Warm Hat or Beanie
  • 1 Balaclava or Buff
  • 1 Bandana
Handwear
  • 1 Gloves, thin
  • 1 Gloves, warm, waterproof
  • Footwear
  • 1 Hiking Boots, waterproof
  • 1 Shoelaces, extra
  • 4 Hiking Socks

Foot and hand warmers: These are great to have on hand, even if you are wearing the right type of socks, shoes and gloves.

Personal Care Recommendations
  • 1 Sunglasses, full coverage
  • 1 Sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher
  • 1 Lip Balm, SPF 30 or higher
  • 1 Insect Repellent, containing DEET
  • 1Body and face wipes
Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
  • 1 Toilet Paper, full roll
  • 1 Hand Sanitizer
  • Energy bars or energy drink supplements

Medications– Diamox, Antibiotics for gastrointestinal infections, anti-malaria, painkillers and your regular medications water purification drops, band-aids, antibiotic creams