Your Kilimanjaro climb had been confirmed, now it’s time to gather your gear and decide how you are going to pack for Kilimanjaro. First of all, you will need to know what Peak Planet provides. We provide a sleeping pad, a tent (double occupancy) all food and water on the mountain and a private toilet tent. This is included with your climb price. We also rent Jackets, sleeping bags, trekking poles and ALTOX.
What to Pack
During your Kilimanjaro climb, you will encounter a wide range of temperatures. For clothing, we suggest dressing in layers. Using a layering system allows you to adjust incrementally as the temperature fluctuates, as opposed using a few thick items of clothing which have less versatility. Special attention should be made to the fabric of base and middle layers; these garments should be constructed of a moisture-wicking material that effectively pulls sweat away from the body to keep you dry. Cotton is a poor fabric for trekking and should not be worn. With this in mind, here is a list of gear we recommend:
- 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 Sleeping Bag, 0°F or warmer*
- 1 Sleeping Bag Liner^
- 1 Duffel Bag, 90L, for porters to carry
- 1 Day pack, 30-35L, for you to carry
- 1 Backpack Cover, waterproof^
- 1 Trekking Poles, collapsable^*
- 1 Head lamp, with extra batteries
- Camera, with spare batteries^
- 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
- 3 Sock Liners, prevents blisters^
- 1 Gym Shoes, to wear at camp^
- 1 Gaiters, waterproof^
- 1 Sunglasses, full coverage
- 2 Water Bottle, 1 liter
- 1 Water Bladder, 2 liters
- 1 Camp Towel, quick drying^
- 1 Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night^
- 1 She-Wee (women)^
- Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, to keep gear dry and separate
- 1 Sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher
- 1 Lip Balm, SPF 30 of higher
- 1 Insect Repellent, containing DEET
- 1 First Aid Kit, basic
- 1 Blister Kit^
- 1 Ear Plugs^
- 1 Toilet Paper, full roll
- 1 Hand Sanitizer
- 1 Wet Wipes^
- Medications- Diamox^, Ciprofloxacin, Ibuprofen, anti-malaria
- Snacks, 1 per day^
- Energy Drink Mix, powder or tablets, 2 servings per day^
- Passport, valid for 6+ months after travel
- Visa, available at JRO
- Medical Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Trip Receipt
- Cash for tips, visa and incidentals, $700+
*Items available for rent, reservations required
How to Pack
We recommend having three bags for your trip.
- a suitcase or large travel bag to check. Inside this, you can roll up your 90-liter duffel bag during your flight.
- a 35-liter daypack to use as a carry on and as your day pack on the mountain.
- a 90-liter duffel bag for items you’ll need at camp. The porters will carry this inside a large water resistant bag.
Let’s break this down even further. The suitcase or large travel bag can be stored in a secure storage room while you are on the mountain. Inside this you should put your travel clothes, laptop(s) and any other items you do not need while you are on the mountain.
The 35-liter daypack should be used as your carry on. This is important in case your checked bag is delayed or lost by the airlines. In it, you should have the clothes and items you will need for the first couple of days on the mountain. These items include rain gear, a water bottle, snacks, headlamp, hiking shoes, hiking clothes and camera equipment. If your luggage is found, a porter will bring it up to you on the mountain. Please tip him.
Once in Tanzania, you will use the 90-liter duffel bag to hold everything you do not need on your daily hike. You will not have access to this bag during the day. It will be waiting for you inside your tent when you arrive at your campsite. This bag will contain all your other clothing, sleeping bag, summit clothes, extra snacks, Nalgene and toiletries.
In conclusion, packing your bags correctly will save you a huge headache in case anything goes wrong while you are en route to Tanzania. If your bags are delayed or lost let your driver know immediately so they can find a solution. We hope that all your bags arrive safely so you have a comfortable Kilimanjaro climb.