Mount Kilimanjaro Packing List

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a sprint, it’s a marathon spread over a week on a treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather. Heck, it’s not a climb in the true sense of the word, its trek, and a long arduous one that will test your resolve to the extremes. It’s challenging no doubt, but not insurmountable. If you prepare well the odds stands reduced. Part of the preparation is getting the packing right. Here’s our packing list that should serve as a guide

You should know that Kilimanjaro trek is on an average a seven-day trip (less than that is not advisable) besides being a supported hike. Porters don’t carry more than 15kg and anything beyond that is on your shoulders. So weight management is essential. Tip- pack for everything you need and anticipate

Large Duffel bag (33lb or 16kg)

– To carry most of your luggage items. This is carried by the porter. So load should not exceed 15kgs. It should be durable, lightweight and waterproof

15-25L Hiking Pack

– This one will be on your shoulders to carry your essentials for the day that you need immediate access to (clothes, food water etc) Rain cover will save your stuff it from getting wet. It should be durable, lightweight and waterproof

Sleeping bag

– Kilimanjaro is chilly even in hotter months. Temperatures can drop to freezing point at night. Ensure your sleeping bag is for cold weather and thicker with more padding has a sleeping bag liner

Ultra lightweight rain covers

– Will ensure that your packs and belongings dry. Kilimanjaro weather is wicked and unpredictable. You should be prepared for rain at any time of the year even if you’re going during the dry months or you have a waterproof pack. You wouldn’t want to be hiking or sleeping in damp clothing.

Non-disposable water bottles or a camelback

– Hydration is important when negotiating high altitudes.

 Hiking poles

– The trails can be steep and laden with grit and scree. Gives you balance and leverage and helps to be sure-footed

Portable Charger

– You will be up in the mountains for a week. Your smartphones and flashlights need to be charged


–  Extremely useful and necessary tool when navigating in low visibility

Plastic bags

– Your dirty clothes and waste go into it. Kilimanjaro is a ‘Leave No Trace’ area, and you are required to take your waste back with you


1 Insulated Jacket

1 Fleece Jacket

1 Rain Jacket

1 Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric

2 Long Sleeve Shirts, moisture-wicking fabric

1 Hiking Shorts

2 Hiking Pants

1 Fleece Pants

1 Rain Pants, side zip recommended

3 Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

1 Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

2 Sports Bra (women)


1 Wide Brimmed Hat or Cap

1 Warm Hat or Beanie

1 Balaclava or Buff

1 Bandana


1 Gloves, thin

1 Gloves, warm, waterproof


1 Hiking Boots, waterproof

1 Shoelaces, extra

4 Hiking Socks

Foot and hand warmers: These are great to have on hand, even if you are wearing the right type of socks, shoes and gloves.

Personal Care Recommendations

1 Sunglasses, full coverage

1 Sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher

1 Lip Balm, SPF 30 or higher

1 Insect Repellent, containing DEET

1Body and face wipes

Toothbrush/Tooth Paste

1 Toilet Paper, full roll

1 Hand Sanitizer

Energy bars or energy drink supplements


– Diamox, Antibiotics for gastrointestinal infections, anti-malaria, painkillers and your regular medications water purification drops, band-aids, antibiotic creams