Packing List

Kilimanjaro Packing List

Sleeping Gear:

❏ Sleeping Bag rated 0°F, -15°F
❏ Sleeping mat: we provide one
❏ Sleeping bag liner (for extra warmth or for a rented sleeping bag)
❏ Compression sack for sleeping bag

Packs & Bags:

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

Footwear & Trekking Poles:

❏ Hiking boots – waterproof mid-weight
❏ Running shoes/light hikers (for wearing around camp)
❏ Gaiters
❏ 5-6 pairs of 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

Clothing: Lower Body

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

Clothing: Upper Body

❏ Comfortable sports bra (ladies only)
❏ 1-2 lightweight T-shirts (no cotton)
❏ 1-2 lightweight long-sleeved T-shirts (no cotton)
❏ 2-3 Light to mid-weight Base Layer
❏ 1-2 Fleece as an 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)
❏ Headtorch (don’t forget spare batteries)

Water & Snacks:

❏ 2-3 liter hydration bladder (Platypus or Camelbak or similar)
❏ 1-2 One-liter wide-mouth water bottles (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 anti-bacterial, 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 nighttime calls of nature
❏ Small torch
❏ Headtorch
❏ 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 ointments such as Aquaphor
❏ Immodium for diarrhea
❏ Anti-nausea medication
❏ Any prescription medications
❏ Diamox (if using)

Ladies Only:

❏ During your menstrual period, plan to change your tampon or pad 3-4 times daily
❏ Ziplock 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!