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Kilimanjaro Packing List

On the climb your luggage will be restricted to two bags. Please note this will be restricted to 13 – 15 kg on the mountain and bags will be available at your first hotel in Tanzania where you may decant any items not needed on the mountain. These will be stored securely and returned at the end of your climb.

NB: Kilimanjaro National Park Authority have introduced a new regulation banning the use of plastic on Kilimanjaro. Due to this, trekkers will not be allowed to use plastic water bottles (or other thin walled plastic containers). Please respect this regulation and ensure you practice Responsible Tourism whilst in Tanzania.


Passport and photocopy of passport – stored separately from passport in case passport goes missing ESSENTIAL
1 passport sized photo – stored separately from passport in case passport goes missing ESSENTIAL
Visa for Tanzania ESSENTIAL
Yellow Fever / Exemption certificate ESSENTIAL
Travel insurance certificate and 24 hr emergency contact telephone number for insurance company ESSENTIAL
US Dollars – approximately US$400 in mixed denominations ESSENTIAL
Credit Card / additional funds in case of trip curtailment costs. ESSENTIAL
AC emergency contact list ESSENTIAL
Paracetamol / Ibuprofen / Aspirin ESSENTIAL
Malaria Prophylactic tablets ESSENTIAL
Antihistamines ESSENTIAL
Band aid / Plasters / blister kit / zinc oxide tape ESSENTIAL
Rehydration powder (dioralyte) ESSENTIAL
Anti-diarrhoea tablets (Imodium) RECOMMENDED
Antiseptic Wipes RECOMMENDED
Throat Lozenges RECOMMENDED
Muscle rub / deep heat / ibuprofen gel RECOMMENDED
Knee supports (if required) RECOMMENDED
Vaseline petroleum jelly to rub on your feet, to reduce friction with boots / socks RECOMMENDED
Talcum powder RECOMMENDED
Diamox tablets for those who have consulted a GP/clinic OPTIONAL
Any personal medication that has been prescribed by a GP or clinic – split between hold and hand luggage IF APPLICABLE
Anti-bacterial hand gel ESSENTIAL
Sun screen (at least factor 30+), lip balm and after sun ESSENTIAL
Wet wipes for personal hygiene RECOMMENDED
1 x toilet roll or packs of travel tissues ESSENTIAL
Ziplock resealable bags – for storing toilet paper between camps ESSENTIAL
Toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste ESSENTIAL
Shampoo and shower products for the hotel RECOMMENDED
Soap/face wash OPTIONAL
Insect repellent wipes/sprays or patches ESSENTIAL
Small nail brush to keep hands and nails clean RECOMMENDED
Feminine hygiene products IF APPLICABLE
Contact lenses & solutions for wearers. A pair of glasses as back up IF APPLICABLE
Snacks for up to 6 / 7 trekking days – sweets/trail mix/cereal bars/energy bars RECOMMENDED
Carbohydrate gels/energy tablets/ Electrolyte replacement tablets for adding to drinking water RECOMMENDED
2 – 3 litre platypus/camelback water carrier and 2 x 1 litre water bottles (camelback mouth tubing prone to freezing on summit night so bottles essential) *not plastic ESSENTIAL
Gortex or leather hiking boots – water repellent and fully broken in with ankle support. ESSENTIAL
Trainers or light footwear – for use in the campsites RECOMMENDED
Trekking gaiters – used to stop screes getting into your boots and keep your boots dry in the wet, or deep snow RECOMMENDED
3 x pairs of thick walking socks & 3 x thin liner socks to avoid blisters ESSENTIAL
1 x heavyweight mountaineering socks for summit night RECOMMENDED
Gortex or breathable Waterproof jacket with hood *ensure this fit over fleece or down jacket ESSENTIAL
Gortex or breathable Waterproof over trousers *ensure these fit over trekking trousers ESSENTIAL
Heavyweight trekking trousers for cold days / summit night RECOMMENDED
Lightweight trekking trousers and shorts for warmer days – zip offs work well ESSENTIAL
Down or synthetic puffa jacket ESSENTIAL
1 – 2 x micro fleece tops for layering ESSENTIAL
2 – 3 x trekking t-shirts *wicking or synthetic NOT COTTON ESSENTIAL
Light to mid weight wicking or synthetic long / thermal underwear/ base layers for top and bottom *NOT COTTON ESSENTIAL
1 x warm pair of windstopper gloves – must be able to fit under waterproof gloves ESSENTIAL
1 x thick pair of gloves *must be waterproof ESSENTIAL
1 x extra pair of thick fleecy mitts RECOMMENDED
Warm fleecy hat / head band which covers ears or a balaclava ESSENTIAL
A bandana or buff for warmth and sun protection – ideally with fleece layer ESSENTIAL
Peaked cap with neck cover or wide brimmed hat for sun protection ESSENTIAL
Tracksuit bottoms / spare trousers to wear in the campsites in the evenings RECOMMENDED
Casual clothes for gala dinner/ hotels / travel – can be left at the hotel to avoid carrying on the mountain RECOMMENDED
90 – 110 litre duffle bag or backpack (no wheels) ESSENTIAL
Minimum 30 – 35 litre rucksack for carrying personal items on trekking days with rain cover ESSENTIAL
Strong heavy-duty bin liners or waterproof bag liner to keep clothing/ equipment dry ESSENTIAL
Smaller waterproof bags to organise equipment into and keep spare clothing dry RECOMMENDED
4 – 5 season sleeping bag in cover ESSENTIAL
Thin sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk) for extra warmth RECOMMENDED
Extra sleeping mat or thermarest self-inflating pad –Thin foam sleeping mat is supplied by operator. RECOMMENDED
Sleeping bag cover ‘bivvy bag’ to protect sleeping bag from damp
Travel pillow OPTIONAL
Travel towel OPTIONAL
Sunglasses with 100% UV protection that block out the sun from the sides – skiing sunglasses work well. ESSENTIAL
Head torch with spare batteries ESSENTIAL
Camera with spare batteries and memory cards RECOMMENDED
Small lightweight umbrella OPTIONAL
iPod/MP3 player for travelling OPTIONAL
Ear plugs OPTIONAL
Trekking poles OPTIONAL
Mobile telephone with charger OPTIONAL
2 x sets of chemical (one-use) hand warmers for summit day RECOMMENDED