Kilimanjaro Packing Check-List: Essential Gear and Tips for a Successful Trek

Embarking on a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventurous journey that requires thorough preparation. With varying terrains and unpredictable weather patterns, packing right is essential for your comfort and safety.

This comprehensive Kilimanjaro packing check-list and visual guide will help you ensure you don't forget anything crucial.

Layered Clothing: Mastering the Art of Temperature Regulation

Kilimanjaro packing check list

The temperature on Mount Kilimanjaro can swing dramatically and using a Kilimanjaro packing check-list will help you to plan ahead for your hike. Dressing in layers will help you manage these fluctuations, keeping you comfortable throughout your journey. Begin with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat at bay, followed by an insulating mid-layer. Finally, a waterproof and wind-resistant outer layer will shield you from the unpredictable mountain elements.

Essential Kilimanjaro Gear: A visual guide

Base Layer (2 pairs top & trouser)

The foundation of your layering system, these should wick moisture away, keeping you dry and comfortable.

Kilimanjaro Base Layer

Middle Layer (1 x light fleece, 1 x heavy fleece)

Acting as your primary insulation, these trap heat to keep you warm.

Kilimanjaro Middle Layer

Light to Medium Puff Jacket (1 x down/synthetic)

For those extra chilly moments, this layer provides additional warmth.

Kilimanjaro light to medium puff jacket


Outer Layer (1 x waterproof jacket & 1 x trouser)

Your first defense against rain and wind.

Kilimanjaro Outer Layer

Heavy Summit Jacket (1 x down/synthetic)

Essential for the summit push. Can replace with two thick layers under the outer layer for versatility.

Kilimanjaro heavy summit jacket

Charging Device (Solar or power bank)

Ensure your gadgets remain charged during the trek. Consider solar for longer treks where electricity is unavailable.

Kilimanjaro charging device

Mountain Boots B/C (with Scree-protection)

Sturdy footwear is critical. Ensure they are waterproof, offer good ankle support, and are broken in before your trek.

Kilimanjaro mountain boots

Sleeping Bag (Down/synthetic – minimal Comfort value: -11C/12,2F)

Nights can get extremely cold; a good quality sleeping bag is a must.

Kilimanjaro sleeping bag


Protects your legs from debris and can keep you dry during wet conditions.

Kilimanjaro calf gaiters

Trekking Poles

Assist with balance and reduces strain on knees during descents.

Kilimanjaro walking poles

Warm Beanie

For cold nights and early morning treks, keeps your head warm.

Kilimanjaro warm beanie

Buff (Covering neck and mouth)

Protects against cold winds and can also be used as a dust protector.


Hiking Socks warm (6 pairs)

Moisture-wicking and padded for comfort.

Kilimanjaro hiking socks

Thin Liner Socks (6 pairs)

Helps in reducing blisters by minimizing friction.

Kilimanjaro thin liner socks

Mittens warm (Down or Synthetic)

For the extremely cold temperatures at higher altitudes.

Kilimanjaro mittens warm

Light Gloves / glove liners

Useful during trekking in moderate temperatures.

Kilimanjaro light glove liners

Waterproof Duffle Bag for Porters (70 – 100l)

Ensures your gear remains dry regardless of the weather.

Kilimanjaro waterproof duffel bag

Daypack with Rain Cover (35-45l)

For your daily essentials during the trek.

Kilimanjaro day pack with rain cover

Hiking Shorts/Pants

Breathable and allows free movement.

Kilimanjaro hiking shorts - pants


Protect against the strong sun rays at high altitudes.

Kilimanjaro sunglasses

Sun Hat

Shields against sunburn.

Kilimanjaro sun hat

Camp Shoes / sneakers / trainers

Comfortable footwear for the end of a long trek day.

Kilimanjaro camp shoes

Nalgene Water Bottles (x 3 incl. 1 x pee bottle)

Staying hydrated is critical. Also, consider a pee bottle for cold nights.

Kilimanjaro nalgene water bottles

Optional: Water Bladder (2l – 3l)

For easy access to water while trekking.

Kilimanjaro water bladder

Head Lamp

Essential for early morning starts or late evening treks. Also extremely useful for bathroom trips.

Kilimanjaro head lamp

Personal 1st Aid Kit

Carry basics like band-aids, painkillers, and altitude sickness tablets.

Kilimanjaro personal first aid kit

Sunscreen and Lip Balm (Strong sun protection, 50+)

Protects against sunburns.

Kilimanjaro sunscreen lip balm

Quick Dry Towel & Wet Wipes

For basic sanitation and hygiene.

Kilimanjaro towel and wet wipes

Women: Shewee (for pee bottle)

A convenient tool for women during those cold nights.

Kilimanjaro sheewee

Kilimanjaro Packing Check-List

Kilimanjaro packing check list

Before embarking on your Kilimanjaro trek, use this printable check-list to ensure you have all the essentials. This list is a guideline and may be too much for some people and limited for others.

Any items marked with * are easily available from our or other local rental stores. Remember to reserve your items beforehand (especially during the peak season).


  • Passport (with 6 months validity after your proposed return date)
  • Cash in USD $ (Bank notes printed after 2006, notes printed before this year are not accepted anywhere in Tanzania)
  • Yellow fever certificate (If transiting/travelling from a endemic country/region)
  • Copy of passport
  • Airline travel documents
  • Health / travel insurance documents
  • High altitude trekking insurance
  • Latest booking summary
  • Tanzanian tourist visa
  • VISA / MASTERCARD card for emergency (surcharges applicable)


  • Light shoes (Trainers / sneakers, running shoes etc. for walking around the camp)
  • Water-proof hiking boots (Well worn-in)
  • Woolen socks / Thermal socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Thin liner socks
  • Calf Gaiters*
  • Crampons*


  • Balaclava*
  • Fleece or hoodies*
  • Anorak* / Down jacket / Water and wind proof jacket*
  • Glasses (recommended instead of contact lenses)
  • Raincoat or Poncho*
  • Waterproof / wind-proof trousers*
  • Hiking trousers / pants*
  • Shorts
  • Regular underwear
  • Scarf* / Neck warmer*
  • T-Shirts*
  • Sports bra / underwear
  • Sunglasses (UV filtered)*
  • Watch
  • Sun hat, warm hat*
  • Thermal trousers and top
  • Waterproof gloves*
  • Glove liners

Personal first aid / medicine

  • Acetazolamide (Diamox) if required
  • Pain killers (e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol)
  • Plasters / bandages / plaster tape
  • Own prescribed medication
  • Sun protection cream (spf 30+)
  • Lip salve/balm (With UV protection)
  • Malaria tablets
  • Anti-diarrhea tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-nausea tablets
  • Blister pads
  • Small scissors
  • Anti-acid
  • Water purification tablets
  • Other medicine / first aid contents
  • Throat lozenges
  • Rehydration packets

Personal hygiene

  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush / comb
  • Sanitary products
  • Soap / Body wash (no rinse)
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Wet wipes & tissue packets
  • Vaseline
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Food and drink

  • High energy snacks (e.g. Cereal bars, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates and sweets)
  • Powdered sports drinks / energy drinks
  • Water purification tablets (for 1-5 lts) / Water purification system
  • Personal food products (e.g. for special dietary requirements, allergies etc)
  • Water bladder / Water bottle (hard plastic, metal etc. – no soft plastic bottles permitted on the mountain by National Park)

Baggage and sleeping

  • Waterproof day pack (33-35 Lts capacity, for personal use on the mountain / daytime hike pack)*
  • Duffel bag* / large rucksack/ hold all – 100+L capacity to be carried by porters (not hard material)
  • Inflatable / Self inflating mattress*
  • Ziploc bags (for cameras, binoculars etc.)
  • Sleeping bag (with at least a -10 rating or better)*
  • Travel pillow
  • Waterproof rucksack cover
  • Sleeping bag liner

Other items

  • Binoculars
  • Head torch (with extra batteries)
  • Power bank for electronics
  • Video / picture camera (with spare film / memory cards / batteries and a disposable camera just in case)
  • Torch / flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Playing cards, books etc. (for evening entertainment)
  • Mobile phone (there is some signal reception available on most parts of the mountain)
  • Luggage locks
  • Ear Plugs
  • Walking poles (a pair)*
  • Purse / Wallet / Money belt
  • Notebook and pencil / pen

Buying equipment working out to be expensive? Why not rent some of the items for your trek, we can arrange for some essential equipment for you. Any items marked with a * on the above list can be hired in Moshi.

Kilimanjaro equipment rental list

Rental Equipment Kilimanjaro

If you don't have all of the items to complete your Kilimanjaro packing check-list then you can consider hiring some of the items locally. Overall it is best to have your own gear (best quality, fit, size, favorite color etc.) however some items are available in an excellent quality from our mountain store. Our latest rental price list is below.

  • Anorak / Jackets

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Balaclava

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Boots - walking / trekking

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Duffel bag

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Hat

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Head Torch

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands, excluding batteries
  • Gaiters

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Gloves / warm mits

    USD $8 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Glove liners

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Mattres (self-inflatable)

    USD $50 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Neck warmer

    USD $7 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Raincoat / poncho

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Rain / wind / waterproof trousers

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Ruck sack / day pack

    USD $20 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Scarf

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Synthetic filled)

    USD $30 per trip
    Snugpak Softie 15 Discovery (-12.5oC comfort rating)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Down filled)

    USD $50 per trip
    Marmot Never Summer (-12.5oC comfort rating)
  • Socks

    USD $5 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Sunglasses

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Sweater / fleece / jumper

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Travel pillow

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Walking poles (pair)

    USD $10 per trip
    Mixed brands
  • Water bladder / Water hydration system

    USD $15 per trip
    Mixed brands

It is best to let your tour consultant know in advance of your arrival to Tanzania if you plan to hire items to ensure we have the item available and can pre-book the best option.