Mountain Packing List

In a few short days you will travel from rain forest to near Arctic conditions. Packing efficiently is essential...

Packing List

Your standard gear allotment is limited to 18-20 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra support crew which will cost you $20 USD per day. As long as you stick to the packing list below, you should be fine.
Packing Tips

  1. Wrap clothing in waterproof plastic bags
  2. 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 day's trek.
  3. Bring extra sets of batteries for any electronics keeping in mind that cold weather shortens their life
  4. Carry high standard climbing gear on the airplane in case baggage is delayed.


Clothing on Kilimanjaro

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.

  1. Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  2. Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful),Short-sleeved shirts, Long-sleeved shirts
  3. Undergarments, socks,Sport bras for women Sweater, jacket, windbreaker, Rain racket and pants or rain poncho
  4. Sun hat with brim and chin strap,
  5. Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.),
  6. Belt


Cold Weather Clothing

  • 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 °F/-25 °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)



  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner ,Nail clippers, file, and brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste,Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer,Lotion,Hairbrush, comb, mirror
  • Small towel and washcloth,Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue,Sunscreen,Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent,Q-tips
  • Sewing kit,Feminine products


First Aid

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

  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin
  • Band-aids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin or other sleeps aid
  • Antibiotics (get advice from doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (get advice from doctor)
  • Diamox for altitude (get advice from doctor or your Mountain Guide on the mountain)