Kilimanjaro Packing List

Pack that the Support crew they will carry for you on Mountain is limited to 18-20 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra support crew which will cost you 20$ Dollars per day.

Wrap clothing in waterproof plastic bags.

In your day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, rain pants (trouser) and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the Support crew until end of your trek day.

Bring double extra sets of batteries as cold weather shortens their life.

Carry high standard climbing gear on the airplane in case baggage is delayed.


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 lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.

Shorts, mid-thigh or longer

Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)

Short-sleeved shirts

Long-sleeved shirts

Undergarments, socks

Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)

Sweater, jacket, windbreaker

Rain racket and pants or rain poncho

Sun hat with brim and chin strap

Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)



Long underwear

Fleece jacket or wool sweater

Fleece pants

Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)

Wool or pile hat

Balaclava or neck gaiter

Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Down jacket or parka (for temperatures below freezing plus wind)


Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!

Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support -- not too light and not too heavy

Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening

Hiking socks for warmer conditions

Wool socks for colder conditions

Sock liners to wick away moisture

Gaiters (for mud and scree)

Snow cleats (optional)


Sleeping bag (Rated -9 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)

Sleeping pad and repair kit


Large duffel bag or backpack with rain cover, for porters to carry

Day pack and rain cover, for you to carry , filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)

Video camera, tapes



Shampoo, conditioner

Nail clippers, file, and brush

Toothbrush, toothpaste

Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)

Hand sanitizer


Hairbrush, comb, mirror

Small towel and washcloth

Toilet paper

Facial tissue


Lip balm with sunscreen

Insect repellent


Sewing kit

Feminine products



You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin


Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment

Gauze bandages and tape

Throat losenges


Diahrea medicine


Ace bandage

Melatonin or other sleeps aid

Malaria pills (get advice from doctor)

Antibiotics (get advice from doctor)

Prescription drugs (get advice from doctor)

Diamox for altitude (get advice from doctor or your leading Guide on the mountain)