Clothing & Equipment
Below is a suggested, fairly standardised packing list for climbing Kilimanjaro.
Walking/Hiking Boots (two pairs are usually the best).
Though not a necessity, a pair of walking shoes are a comfortable choice for the earlier part of the trek and nights spent at camp. Ideally, please do wear them in first! You will want to feel comfortable. Ensure that they are waterproof, give ankle support and allow a little extra space for you to fit possibly an extra pair or two of socks inside them.Mt Kilimanjaro on the way to summit.
Protect your legs from water and debris.
This is important and you may find a couple of options are necessary due to the changing 'climate' on Kilimanjaro. A lightweight hat with brim or visor to protect the face during a warmer climate, as well as a wool or fleece hat that covers your ears and a balaclava for summit day - which is essential. Although a hand held torch is useful, a head torch will be much more practical as it allows you to keep both hands free for summit night.
Gloves and glove liners and/or warm mittens are especially important for summit day. Ensure your hands are warm!
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight hiking pants (not jeans, which are heavy and do not dry)
- 2 shirts (avoid cotton, preferably synthetic) & 1 long sleeved t-shirt
- Synthetic or cotton briefs or underwear
- 2-3 pairs of lightweight socks (synthetic or wool blend) & 2-3 pairs of heavyweight socks (synthetic or wool blend).
- Bandana. These have a few uses! Good for washing up if you do not have a towel, protect your head, wrap around your neck to protect against the sun.
- A jacket (medium weight) that provides warmth without retaining sweat. This can fit between a middle and top layer if the top layer does not have an insulated liner.
- Rain Poncho
The layering method is usually the best way to prepare yourself for the warm/cold conditions that you may experience while trekking.
Two sets of thermal underwear top and bottoms (one lightweight, one medium weight) made out of polypropylene/merino wool or a synthetic material.
The most important thing is to ensure your base layer is made with material that is 'expert' in absorbing the moisture and keeping you dry. Two sets allow you to layer medium weight over light weight for summit day.
Middle Layer Tops
Two, preferably made out of fleece that you can layer over each other. One medium weight fleece, one polar weight fleece.
Middle Layer Bottoms
Preferably synthetic or fleece. Insulated pants, although pricey, are an added bonus.
Water proof pants and jacket (with a hood and insulated liner), preferably gore-tex or another breathable material that is big enough to fit over all layers.
Good quality, 100% UV, 100% IR and minimum 80% light reduction is recommended.
Good for all areas of the climb, especially on the descent where pressure can be felt in the knees! You can purchase ones that are adjustable and enable you to secure them to your day pack when not in use.
Enough to carry 2-3 litres. It comes down to personal preference as to the type of carrier to take. Some people prefer the 'hose' style system with a long tube to your mouth, enabling you a hands free system. Some prefer the harder plastic style with a lid that you have to open to drink. One thing to keep in mind is that many of these carriers very well may freeze on the summit, so you will want to ensure you have some sort of insulation cover or that your bottle is insulated.
Personal Medical/First Aid Kit.
We will provide this service, but if you feel like packing a personal first aid kit, here are a few recommendations:
- Imodium, Neosporin or similar
- Throat Lozenges
- Gauze Pads
- Adhesive Tape
- Digestive Meds
- Safety Pins
- Adhesive Plasters
- Sterile Alcohol Wipes
- Antiseptic (povidine-iodine)
- Calamine Lotion
- Rehydration Mixture
Also include any of the prescriptions from your doctor; malarial medication, contraceptives, and any other normal medication you take.
Other Essential Items
- Sun Cream protection (including full block for face if needed): SPF 30 or higher.
- Specific "Travel Towel" (quick drying and easy to carry)
- Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
- An overall protective cover for your rucksack.
- Bio-degradable toilet paper & trowel: If you are in need of the 'facilities' when there are none in sight, these items come in especially handy! Please ensure that your toilet paper is bio-degradable or there is a method of removing it.
- Toiletry Kit (ensure everything is travel sized and inside plastic zip-lock bags to prevent leakage)