Zamunda Tours & Safaris

Serengeti national Park

Kilimanjaro Packing List

A well-prepared packing list is crucial for a successful Kilimanjaro summit attempt. To assist you, we’ve crafted a comprehensive guide to ensure you’re adequately equipped for the trek.

Remember to keep your duffel bag and its contents within 20 kg (44 lbs.), as this is the maximum weight a porter is required to carry. Note that your sleeping bag contributes to this weight, while sleeping mats and tents do not.

For those preferring to travel light, equipment is available for rental, or you can purchase items locally in Tanzania.

Ensure you have everything necessary for a successful Kilimanjaro summit with the following packing list:

Travel Documents:

  • Valid passport and visa
  • Airline ticket
  • International health card with immunizations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • US$ cash / Travelers Checks / Credit Card

Essential Items:

  • A duffel bag (to be carried by porters) and an extra bag for hotel storage
  • Small luggage lock
  • Day backpack (20 – 35 L capacity)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski-pole / walking stick
  • Water bottle/containers
  • Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)
  • Kilimanjaro map (available at the Park gate)

High Altitude Gear:

  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket and pants
  • Polar fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Mittens or warm gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Thermal socks
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal water flask

Hiking Gear:

  • Shorts and hiking pants
  • Regular underwear and T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Footwear: Water-resistant semi-stiff hiking boots and shoes for overnight camps
  • Socks and liner socks


  • Sun hat and knit hat
  • Collapsible ski sticks (optional)
  • Water bottles (total capacity at least 4 liters)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses with a securing strap
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Backpack cover (optional)
  • Camp pillow

Personal Items:

  • Toilet kit
  • Towel (optional)
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ziploc bags
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Pee bottle (recommended)
  • Money belt for passport and valuables

Medical and First Aid Supplies:

  • Headache tablets
  • Altitude Sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhea – Imodium
  • Nausea – Valid
  • Malaria – Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Medical supplies for injuries

Optional Items:

  • Camera, binoculars, and accessories
  • Powdered sports drinks
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags
  • Energy snacks
  • Video camera, tapes/memory cards, battery packs, and tripod

It’s recommended to wear a complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long-sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. Carry essential items in your carry-on baggage to prepare for potential luggage delays. The provided packing list serves as a guideline, with some items being essential for your experience, while others are optional.

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