Packing for Kilimanjaro.


While packing it’s important to know the climates that you’ll be hiking through and packing layers for each. 
At the base of the mountain will be hot and humid, while the higher elevations at base camp will have higher winds with temperatures dropping as low as 15 degrees. Check with your guide before leaving, different seasons will have different weather patterns and temperatures.

Bring a sleeping pad with a sleeping bag rated for 15 degrees or cooler. Paired with the 4 season tent provided the Outfitter, you will stay warm at night helping get a good night’s rest.

Keep in mind while packing, it’s common to provide tips and gifts of clothing to the porters and guides.  So instead of bringing your newest and most expensive equipment, bring alternatives that can be left with the porters after your trip. If your secondary items are a bit heavier, doesn’t make them bad. You will have plenty of space in your duffel bag, which is carried buy the porters between camps. You should have a smaller day backpack, which should be considered carry on luggage. You will want to pack you most important and expensive items in it and all extra equipment in the duffel bag in case it is delayed or lost. If your equipment is delayed, lost or stolen during your flight, most outfitters have rental offices to provide everything from boots to sleeping bags. 

Below is a packing list that covers the majority of items required for your trip.  because every individual is different due to their tolerances of cold, cleanliness, trip duration and comfort I have chosen to provide links to generic items and leave quantities to the individual.

Recommended Packing List:


Stocking Cap

Baseball Hat – Sunhat

 UV and Polarized

Light Fleece

Heavy Fleece
(Fleece Jacket)

Winter Down Coat


Rain Jacket


Upper Body:
Thermals/Base Layer – Cold Weather



Long Sleeve


Lower Body:
Thermals/Base Layer – Cold Weather


Underwear – Recommend synthetic and moisture wicking materials
Zip-off pants

Fleece Pants or Sweatpants

Rain Pants

Camp Shoes – Tennis Shoe/Crocks

Boots – Waterproof Boots

Winter Wool Socks

Wool Hiking Socks

Sock Liners


Winter Gloves- Ice Armor makes a great pair of cold weather gloves perfect for the coldest days Ice Fishing.

Camp Equipment:

Sleeping Bag- Although I purchased a custom made 0 degree down bag. A similar sleeping can be purchased on Amazon at an affordable price. The temperatures can get to 10 Degree Fahrenheit in the early morning, it’s important to prepare for the worse.

Sleeping Pad




Backpack- Remember you will only carry items required during the day hiking. Porters will carry your duffel bag of equipment to camp each day. Recommended bag size is 20-50L and small enough for carry on luggage.


Duffel Bag- Required for the Porters to carry additional clothing, sleeping bag and personal items to camp. This Duffel bag will also double as checked luggage during flight. Recommendations: Waterproof and 90+L capacity.


Rain Cover/ Pack cover

 Head Lamp

Trekking Poles

First Aid Kit- A Small First Aid kit with Super Glue. Highly recommend antacids – Tums or Rolaids

Bathroom and Extra Supplies

Batteries- Because of the cold weather and 6 hours hike in the dark to the summit, batteries will have reduced life.

Solar Power/Battery Bank- Read the review on the Levin Battery Bank.

Cell Phone/Camera- Samsung Galaxy has increased the camera quality, I am recording 4k video and photos with a Galaxy 7s Edge.

Gimbal- Like a selfie stick, but with balance gyros to stabilize video.

 Cliff Gels, Snickers, Cliff Bars, Candy, Stinger Waffles

Water Bottles

Water Bladder

Paracord- 10-50ft – always a use.

Sun Block- At 19,000ft there are no trees to protect from the sun.


Water Filter or Treatment Tablets: The guide and porters will treat water every morning and evening and personal treatment options most likely wont be used.

Spices, Salt and Pepper

Towel (Small)

Paperwork, Passport, Visa

Knife- (checked baggage only)


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