The ultimate Kilimanjaro packing list (+ free PDF)
What you pack for your Kilimanjaro climb is vitally important to your health and the success of your trek. We've put together a comprehensive list of what to pack, and why. Please use this as a checklist in planning and packing for your Kili adventure.
What do you need to climb Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the Equator to the North Pole in a matter of days.
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What's provided by Follow Alice
Backpack (between 35 and 50 litres) Backpack rain cover Dry bags Duffel bag (between 65 and 100 litres) Hydration pack (water bladder) Water bottle(s)
Do training hikes with your backpack
Backpack rain cover
You're not allowed to bring single-use plastic bags into Tanzania.
Protecting clothes in case there's a leak in your bag Storing worn, sweaty clothes
Your duffel bag is carried by one of the porters in your mountain crew and should weigh under 14 kg (31 lb).
Please note that your pillow, sleeping bag and sleeping mat must fit into your duffel bag.
Built-in hydration pack with drinking hose (ideal, but not essential) Two or more one-litre water bottles with secure lids
Water helps to ease the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Hiking boots Gym shoes or sneakers Gaiters (optional)
A pair of comfortable, worn-in hiking boots is the most important item on your Kilimanjaro packing list.
We recommend that you and your trusty boots cover at least 100 km together before your Kilimanjaro climb.
Gym shoes or sneakers
Keeping your calves and feet dry Preventing sticks and stones getting into your shoes (super annoying!) Protecting you from ticks, snakebites and other such nasties Keeping you dry should you walk through snow on summit day
Base layers Summit base layer Fleece (or similar) Sports underwear Thermal underwear Socks
Summit base layer
Fleece (or similar)
You experience five distinct climate zones during a Kilimanjaro climb.
Hiking socks Thermal socks Sock liners
Down jacket Waterproof jacket and trousers Hiking trousers
Follow Alice's down jackets have been designed and produced specifically for the climate on Kilimanjaro.
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Sunhat Warm hat Balaclava or snood Head torch and batteries Gloves or mittens Glove inners Sunglasses
Balaclava or snood
Head torch and batteries
Gloves or mittens
Toiletries and first aid
Toiletries for women
Camera Cellphone (Solar) power bank Small binoculars
Passport Visa Vaccinations
Don't forget your passport!
Top Kilimanjaro packing tips
1. Keep important gear with you during flights
2. Have a pen and cash to hand