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Being properly equipped is one of the most important prerequisites of a successful summit attempt, to your aid we have prepared a Kilimanjaro packing list you can use as a guideline to be equipped for the trek.


Essential Items

-Duffel bag (large enough for all climbing gear and clothing to be carried by porters) – Please remember to limit the weight of duffel bag and its content to 20kg as it’s the maximum a porter is required to carry.

-Small luggage lock (to lock zippers)

-Day backpack (20-35 L for carrying your water bottles, camera, raincoat, snacks & warm clothing) -Sleeping bag

-Ski-pole/walking stick

-Water bottles/water bladder (camelback type)

-Sun hat or similar (with a brim)

-Knit hat (for warmth)

-Headlamp with spare batteries

-Sunglasses, with a security strap

-Backpack cover


High altitude gear

-Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex or Gore-Tex)

-Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)

-Polar fleece (middle layer)

-Thermal underwear (under layers)

-Mitten /warm gloves

-Glove liners (if necessary)

-One pair thermal socks



-Thermal water flask


Hiking gear


-Hiking pants

-Regular underwear


-Raincoat or Poncho

Tip: For the base layer clothing with moisture wicking fabric (merino wool or Capilene) are recommended. Staying dry is essential. Avoid cotton as they absorb moisture, important to avoid hyperthermia.



-Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots (mid weight boots work great)

-Shoes for overnight camps (i.e. running shoes)

-Socks (several pairs for the climb)

-Liner socks (to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters)


Personal items

Energy bars


Towel (lightweight, quick-dry)

Sun screen & lip protection, SPF 30+

Ziploc bags (to protect cameras, phone from dust)

Toilet paper

Wet wipes

Pee bottle (to avoid leaving tent at night)

Money belt for passport and valuables


Medical and First aid supplies

-Headache tablets

-Altitude sickness – Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha) -Diarrhea – Imodium

-Nausea – Valoid

-Water purification tablets


-Muscular sprains

-Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages -Antiseptic cream – Betadine

-Insect repellent

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