Kilimanjaro PACKING LIST


Climbing Kilimanjaro requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here’s a comprehensive packing list categorized to help you pack efficiently. Remember, this is a general list, and you may need to adjust it based on the specific route, time of year, and your personal preferences. 

Base Layer (Stay warm and dry next to your skin):

  • Moisture-wicking shirts (2-3)
  • Quick-drying underwear (2-3 pairs)
  • Thermal leggings (1-2 pairs)

Sun and Shelter (Protect yourself from the elements):

  • Waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Gaiters (optional, for wet or snowy conditions)
  • Sun hat with a wide brim
  • Sunglasses (UV protective)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries

Outerwear (Adapt to changing temperatures):

  • Waterproof and breathable hiking jacket
  • Insulated down jacket or fleece jacket
  • Warm hiking pants
  • Convertible hiking pants (optional, for versatility)
  • Waterproof rain pants

Other Important Gear:

  • Trekking poles (optional, but helpful for balance)
  • Comfortable backpack (35-50 liters) with rain cover
  • Sturdy water bottles (2-3 liters total capacity)
  • Water purification tablets (optional, but recommended)
  • First-aid kit with basic medications
  • Personal toiletries (pack light and consider biodegradable options)
  • Cash for tipping and any park fees (if not included in your climb cost)
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards (optional)
  • Small daypack for summit push (optional, but useful to carry essentials)
  • Sturdy gloves (waterproof and warm for higher altitudes)
  • Buff or neck scarf (versatile for warmth and sun protection)
  • Earplugs and sleep mask (for a good night’s rest in huts)
  • Snacks (high-energy options like nuts, bars, and dried fruit)
  • Sturdy zip-lock bags (for organizing and protecting gear)

Packing Tips:

  • Choose quick-drying and breathable clothing materials.
  • Layer your clothing so you can adjust to different temperatures.
  • Break in your hiking boots before your climb.
  • Pack light but don’t forget essentials.
  • Distribute weight evenly in your backpack for comfortable carrying.