Kilimanjaro Packing List/ Gear List/ Kit List

Our packing list for Kilimanjaro will help you prepare for your big climb. This gear list will show you what you need and is based on our own experience climbing Kilimanjaro. For a quick look, just scroll down, or take a minute (or 3) and check out our handy video version of the pack list. In this video you will see what you need from head to toe and it offers some handy tips. Enjoy.

Please note: These are suggestions only - you don’t need every single item on this kit list.

Kilimanjaro Packing List: Items you should think about...

For your head:

  • Sun hat or scarf 
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
  • Sunglasses with UV protection 
  • Lip balm

Upper body:

  • T- shirts (2) 
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops 
  • Fleece jacket or pullover 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
  • Down vest and/ or jacket


  • Lightweight gloves 
  • Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell

Lower body:

  • Underwear (4) 
  • Hiking shorts (2) 
  • Lightweight cotton long pants 
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
  • Fleece or wool pants 
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4) 
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4) 
  • Hiking boots with spare laces 
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals) 
  • Gaiters


  • Good, warm sleeping bag 
  • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
  • Small padlock or combination lock 
  • Basic First Aid Kit (paracetamol/ aspirin, malaria tablets, prescription medication) 
  • Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
  • Backpack (for porter to carry) and a daypack (for you to carry) 
  • Water bottles (2) 
  • Hiking poles/ walking sticks


  • Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush etc 
  • Ear plugs 
  • Small wash towel


  • US Dollar cash (for tips) 
  • Camera with extra batteries and extra cards/ film 
  • Binoculars 
  • Book to read 
  • Journal & pen 
  • iPod 
  • Playing cards