Packing List

Kilimanjaro Suggested Packing List

No idea what you need for the mountain or any outdoor adventure? You've definitely come to the right place. Here, you will find what camping equipment you need to bring when you head off to Kilimanjaro or most any big backpacking trip. This is only a partial and suggested packing list. If you've gone hiking or camping before, you know what you need. Remember to pack for hot, cold, dry and wet. And of course, stay away from cotton, it holds moisture and won't keep you warm if it's wet. If you have further questions contact us and we'll do our best to help. Download Packing List PDF » When packing your bag for the mountain, please try to keep the full, packed weight under 30lbs. for the porters.  You can carry all you want in your day pack, but we don't want porters trudging up the mountain with your home entertainment system on their back.


  • Fleece jacket (for hiking)
  • Down jacket (for camp)
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket
  • Waterproof, breathable pants
  • Shorts (for first and last day only)
  • T-shirts (for first and last day only)
  • Thermal underwear (recommend expedition weight, especially for summit)
  • Balaclava (to cover face at night & on summit attempt)
  • Gloves / Mittens
  • Sunglasses (Alpine glasses might be nice for the summit)
  • Wool socks
  • Socks (liners or for sleeping)
  • Hiking boots (waterproof, ankle height)
  • Light shoes or sandals for camp
  • Cap/hat for sun protection and warmth
  • Towel / wash cloth
  • Underwear


  • Sleeping bag (rated 15 degree or warmer)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Backpack or duffel bag (Ideally waterproof. Bags okay as many porters carry them on their heads anyway)
  • Daypack (large enough to hold shells, lunch, water and snacks)
  • Water bottles (insulated so it won't freeze on summit and enough to carry 3 liters)
  • Trekking poles (especially for going downhill)
  • Headlamp and batteries (2 new sets of batteries. They die fast in the cold)
  • Pocketknife


  • Energy drink mix (really great if you're too nauseous to eat)
  • Chocolate / Sweets
  • Fruit and/or nuts (banana chips work great)
  • Energy snacks (Clif bars, power bars, etc...)

First aid/medical

  • Sun protection cream
  • Aspirin / Tylenol
  • Anti- diarrhea medication (Imodium AD or prescription strength)
  • Assorted Band-Aids
  • Anti-malaria tablets
  • Insect repellent (for first and last days as well as evenings in town)
  • Lip protection with SPF protection
  • Water purification tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages
  • Adhesive tape (you can't go wrong with Duck tape)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Hand sanitizer or handi-wipes
  • Blister patches or Moleskin (don't forget this at home!)

Personal items

  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Traveler’s cheques
  • Passport (you need you passport number to register in each camp)


  • Camera (Don't keep too close to your body on the summit. When you take it out it will get condensation on the lens if it was too warm.)
  • Spare batteries (again, they die fast in the cold)
  • Film (if you haven't gone digital yet) or an extra memory card if you have
  • Different lenses, etc.

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