Your complete Mt Meru packing list
What you pack for your Mt Meru climb is very important to your health, safety and comfort. So here's a complete list of what exactly to pack, and why, from big stuff like a backpack to your clothes and shoes all the way to little things like toiletries.
Please read through this packing list as soon as you decide to climb Mt Meru – some items might take time to source, while others need to be broken in or trial tested before the climb.
What's provided at the mountain huts
What's provided by Follow Alice
What YOU need to pack
1. Carrying equipment
A backpack (between 35 and 50 litres) A backpack rain cover Dry bags A duffel bag (between 65 and 100 litres) A hydration pack (water bladder) A water bottle
Ideally, you want a backpack with a large (2 to 3ℓ) built-in hydration pack that allows you to drink from a hose.
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).
2. Water carriers
A built-in hydration pack with drinking hose Two or more one-litre water bottles with secure lids
You should take sips of water often on your Mt Meru climb – if you're thirsty, then you're already dehydrated!
It's a good idea to carry more water than what a standard hydration pack can carry on summit day. A water bottle is important backup should something go wrong with your hydration pack. It can be nice to add an electrolyte sachet to a bottle of water while keeping your hydration pack full of plain water. The water in your hydration pack's drinking hose is likely to freeze if the temperature drops below freeing point.
Hiking boots Gym shoes or sneakers Gaiters (optional)
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
4. Inner clothing
Base layers Summit base layer Fleece Sports underwear Thermal underwear Socks
Summit base layer
Hiking socks Thermal socks Sock liners
5. Outer clothing
Winter jacket Waterproof jacket and trousers Hiking trousers
You can either bring a winter jacket of your own, or rent one from Follow Alice for US$60 for the trip.
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Sunhat Warm hat Balaclava or snood Head torch (flashlight) and batteries Gloves or mittens Glove inners Sunglasses
The heat of the sun can be very intense in Tanzania – remember that you're near the Equator!
Balaclava or snood
Head torch (flashlight)and batteries
Gloves or mittens
7. Toiletries and first aid kit
Toiletries for women
Important: pack your menstrual cycle products, no matter the time of month, as high altitude can bring on your period unexpectedly.
Camera Cellphone (Solar) power bank Small binoculars
9. Practical items
Passport Visa Vaccinations
10. Additional items