Climbing Packing Guide
The pack that the porters carry on Kilimanjaro is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $15/day. Wrap clothing in waterproof plastic bags. In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day. Bring double extra sets of batteries as cold weather shortens their life. Carry critical climbing gear on the airplane in case baggage is delayed. You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters.
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)
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.)
COLD WEATHER CLOTHING
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
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)
Sleeping bag (Rated -10 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
Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and gear (zip locks are great)
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
Headlamp or flashlight
Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
Video camera, tapes
Soap, shampoo, conditioner
Nail clippers, nail brush
Moist towelettes (handy-wipes)
Hairbrush, comb, mirror
Lip balm with sunscreen
You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin
Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
Gauze bandages and tape
Melatonin or other sleep aid
Malaria pills (talk to doctor)
Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)
Diamox for altitude (talk to doctor)
Sunglasses with straps
Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
Notebook, pencil and pen
Playing cards, games, books, Frisbee, football, kite
Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
2-3 Water bottles and Camelback (no disposable water bottles)
Bring 3 liters of bottled water for the first day of hiking.
Guides will boil water or use steripens for water sensitization for you along the route.
To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water and tube inside your jacket. For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
Trekking or ski poles