Kilimanjaro Equipment Gear List

Sleeping Gear:

  • Sleeping Bag rated 0°F,-15°F
  • Sleeping mat: We provide one for you.
  • Sleeping bag liner (for extra warmth or for rented sleeping bag)
  • Compression sack for sleeping bag

Packs & Bags:

  • Waterproof duffel bag 80-100 liters
  • Daypack 25-35 liters
  • Waterproof pack covers Compression sacks or 6-8 waterproof bags
  • (Optional) Packing cubes to organize your duffel bag lock for duffel bag


Footwear & Trekking Poles:

  • Hiking boots – waterproof mid-weight
  • Running shoes/light hikers (for wearing around camp)


  • 5-6 pair’s liner socks (wool or synthetic, no cotton)
  • 4-6 pairs of thick socks (no cotton!) – Thermal socks for summit night
  • Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Trekking poles


  • Thin gloves (wool or synthetic, no cotton)
  • Thick waterproof gloves or mittens) +liner

Clothing: Lower Body:

  • Underwear (no cotton)
  • 1 “Convertibles” or shorts
  • 1-2 light-medium weight Base layer
  • Hiking pants (no cotton)
  • Winter hiking pants
  • Waterproof shell pants (recommend size zippers)

Clothing: Upper Body:

  • Comfortable sports bra (ladies only)
  • 1-2 light-weight T-shirts (no cotton)
  • 1-2 light weight long-sleeved T-shirts (no cotton)
  • 2-3 Light to mid-weight Base Layer
  • 1-2 Fleece as insulation layer
  • Insulated shell jacket
  • Down jacket (approx. 750-fill)
  • Waterproof shell jacket that fits over all your layers



  • Brim hat or cap with neck protection
  • Warm hat with ear flaps
  • Neck gaiter or “Buff” (very versatile)
  • Sunglasses (rated 100% UV protection)
  • Head torch (don’t forget spare batteries)

Water & Snacks:

  • 2-3 liter hydration bladder (Platypus or Camelback or similar)
  • 1-2 One-liter wide-mouth water bottle (Nalgene or similar)
  • Electrolyte/Sports drink powdered formula for adding to your water
  • Snacks: Energy bars of your preference – plan for 2-4 per day
  • Water purification tablets or filter pen (we provide boiled/filtered water)

Personal Health & Comfort:

  • Toiletries: toothbrush & paste, hairbrush/comb, foot powder, hand cream, deodorant, soap.
  • “Baby-wipes” and antibacterial, hand-sanitizer wipes
  • Any regular medication you are taking
  • Anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer gel such as Purell
  • Fingernail brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunscreen SPF 40+
  • Small microfiber quick-dry towel
  • Pee-bottle for night time calls of nature

Small torch:

  • Headlamp / Torch
  • Pocket knife (Swiss Army Knife or “Leatherman”)
  • Spare contact lenses/glasses
  • Toilet paper (1-2 rolls)
  • Take out the cardboard center for easier packing
  • Camera/phone/iPod/Kindle
  • Spare batteries

Personal First-Aid Kit:

  • Blister plasters – different shapes and sizes
  • Antibiotic cream or ointment
  • Band-Aid/Elastoplast for minor cuts and scrapes
  • Ibuprofen/Paracetamol – over the counter pain relief
  • Skin healing ointment such as Aquaphor
  • Imodium for diarrhea
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Any prescription medications
  • Diamox (if using check with us for more information)

Ladies Only:

  • During menstrual period, plan to change your tampon or pad 3-4 times daily
  • Zip-lock bags for used tampons/pads (these must be carried off the mountain)
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer – clean hands regularly
  • “Baby wipes” or heavy-duty wipes
  • Pee funnel: if you’ve ever wanted to pee standing up, now’s your chance!

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