If you are planning a climbing adventure up Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania,
you are going to need specific technical clothing. The following, therefore, is a list of items you must
carry with you. A Waterproof Jacket is essential. No doubt about that. It can get rather wet and moist up
there; and your jacket must be breathable and with hood. You’ll also require an insulated jacket,
synthetic or down; a soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell. You musn’t forget a long Sleeve Shirt, that’s lightweight,
and with moisture-wicking fabric. A short sleeve shirt also comes in handy, and you’ll want one
that’s light-weight, and with moisture-wicking fabric.
Moving down to the pants department, here’s what you’ll need to carry with you: Waterproof Pants,
breathable (side zipper recommended); Hiking Pants, Fleece Pants, Shorts (optional), Long Underwear
with moisture-wicking fabric, normal Underwear with moisture-wicking fabric recommended; 2 Sport
Bras (women), Headwear, Brimmed Hat for sun protection; a Knit Hat for warmth, and a Balaclava or
Buff for face coverage (optional).
Handwear is essential on this trip, also. So here’s a list of stuff you need to carry with you. A pair of
Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended); and thin Gloves. Your footwear must include Hiking Boots
that are warm, waterproof, and broken-in; a pair of Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional), 3 pairs of
Socks—wool or synthetic; 1 Gaiters—waterproof (optional).
Your list of accessories would include Sunglasses or Goggles; Backpack Cover—waterproof (optional);
Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.); a Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters); a Towel, lightweight, quick-dry
(optional); a Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended); Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic
Bags in various sizes to keep gear dry and separate.
Your Equipment list will need to include a Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons; a pair of Trekking Poles,
collapsible (highly recommended); Head lamp, with extra batteries; a Duffel bag, 50-90L capacity, for
porters to carry your equipment; and a Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear.
Please note that this particular item can also be rented on location.
And to conclude this list of items to carry on your Mount Kilimanjaro climb: Toiletries, Prescriptions,
Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Insect Repellent containing DEET, First Aid Kit, Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper,
Wet Wipes (recommended), Snacks—light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional); Electrolytes
powder or tablets (optional), Camera with extra batteries (optional), Paperwork, Trip Receipt, Passport,
Visa (available at JRO), Immunization Papers, Insurance Documents.