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Kilimanjaro Packing List -What Gear Do I Need to Bring?

See below essential Kilimanjaro packing list essentials. In order to stay safe and comfortable throughout your Mount Kilimanjaro climb you’ll need to bring some important pieces of gear and supplies with you. We’ll provide the tents, food, camp stoves, and other shared items, but you should plan on bringing the follow items. We highly recommend bring these items and gear because Kilimanjaro weather is different in zone the higher you climb. Each of those zones offers it’s own type of weather, which is why hikers must be prepared not only for warm, sunny conditions, but also rain, wind, cold, and even snow.

Important Packing gear list Information :

  • The pack that the porters carry on Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter
  • Wrap clothing in waterproof plastic bags.
  • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
  • Bring double extra sets of batteries as cold weather shortens their life.
  • Carry critical climbing gear on the airplane in case baggage is delayed.
  • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters.


  • You want your inner layer to be wicking — no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable.
  • You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.
  • Your clothing should be light weight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.

Kilimanjaro Packing List

Technical Clothing

  • Insulated “puffy” jacket either synthetic or hydrophobic down
  • Soft-shell jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof jacket, breathable with hood
  • Waterproof pants, breathable with side vents
  • 2 long-sleeve, moisture-wicking shirts
  • 1 short-sleeve, synthetic moisture-wicking t-shirt
  • 2 pairs of hiking pants
  • 1 pair of fleece pants
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 set of base layers (tops and bottoms) made from moisture-wicking fabrics
  • 2 pairs underwear made from breathable, moisture wicking fabrics
  • 2 sports bras (women)
  • 1 brimmed hat for sun protection
  • 1 warm stocking cap
  • Balaclava
  • Buff
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • Thin hiking gloves


  • 1 pair of hiking boots, warm, waterproof, and with good ankle support
  • 1 pair of sandals or trail running shoes to wear at camp
  • 3 pairs of merino wool or synthetic socks
  • Gaiters (optional)


  • Sunglasses or glacier goggles
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • 32 ounce water bottle
  • 3-liter hydration reservoir fitted for daypack
  • Lightweight and quick-drying travel towel
  • Stuff sacks and plastic bags to help keep your gear organized and dry

Additional Equipment

  • Sleeping bag rated for 0ºF/-17ºC
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp with rechargeable or extra batteries
  • 70-90L duffel bag for storing extra gear  or a large backpack (carried by porters)
  • 35-40L daypack for carrying your daily personal gear


  • Prescription medications including diamox
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Deodorant

Other Miscellaneous Items

  • Passport
  • International (Yellow) Health Card
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for camera and other devices
  • Snacks (candy bars, energy bars, etc.)
  • Energy gels
  • Electrolyte replacement drink tablets or powder to flavor water
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Battery pack to recharge electronics

Most of the gear can be bought online at substantial discounts over local retail outlets. We recommend,, and for online shopping. It is not recommended that you purchase boots or shoes online without trying them on first as it is very important that you get shoes that are comfortable and easy to walk in. Getting high quality gear is also important as it will perform better throughout the climb and will be durable enough to survive the trek too.

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