Kilimanjaro Parking List

October 10, 2022
Adventure Safaris


You’ll need to pack essential supplies and equipment if you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro safely and comfortably. For your convenience, we have put up a thorough Kilimanjaro packing list.

There are five distinct temperature zones on the Kilimanjaro trek, ranging from the warm, humid forest and lower slopes to the icy, snowy summit zone. You must be ready for all Kilimanjaro weather scenarios, including sunny, windy, and wet.

We provide the food, the cooking equipment, the tents, and other communal stuff. The porters will carry a duffel bag with your entire gear, and on the of your trek, you’ll be responsible for carrying your own -pack.

Bags & Backpacks for hiking

You must pack well for your climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. You will require two different kinds of baggage, a pack that you will carry yourself and a duffel bag that a porter will handle.

  • Day pack
Your pack will contain the items you need for the , such as your sunglasses, sunscreen, rain poncho, flashlight, water flask, and snacks.
  • Duffel bag
Most of your equipment for climbing Kilimanjaro, including clothing, hiking boots , a sleeping bag, and more, will be kept in a duffel bag.
  • Dry bag
Considering that Kilimanjaro has frequent rain, packing a dry bag is a smart move. You can keep all of your Kilimanjaro gear dry and in good working order by placing it inside your duffel bag or backpack.
  • Camel bag / Hydration bladder
A hydration bladder will make your walk more comfortable if your pack is designed to accommodate one.
  • Travel bag organizer
A highly suggested accessory that makes organizing your gear inside a duffle bag pleasant. Additionally, employing such organizers helps separate clean from soiled and wet clothing.

Clothing for Kilimanjaro

You will trek up Kilimanjaro in four distinct temperature zones (rainforest, moorland, alpine meadows, and Arctic desert). Tropical rainforests have weather that is typically hot and muggy at lower elevations, and snowy, windy, and icy at higher elevations.

All of these scenarios should be adequately covered by your preparation.

  • Fleece jacket as an insulation layer.
Fleece jackets can be worn over a trekking shirt or as a standalone item of apparel. When you are in the camp at night, these are fantastic to have.
  • Warm jacket / Down jacket
You should include a warm jacket for the summit portion of your trip as well as for usage in camps during the chilly evenings. It is a component of your kit that is unavoidably required.
  • Membrane Hard shell rain jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
Before you get to the summit camp, this jacket will shield you from the wind and light rain. It would be your third layer on the majority of Kilimanjaro s, following thermal underwear and a fleece jacket.
  • Trekking pants
Kilimanjaro excursion only requires decent quality trekking pants. Even if you prefer to hike in shorts, you should pack pair of pants for cooler nights in the camps and higher elevations 
  • Membrane pants of rain pants
You’ll need membrane pants for your climb up Kilimanjaro, and they’ll be especially helpful when it starts to rain. They offer superior defense against winds and rains when worn with trekking pants.
  • Warm trousers or ski pants
Another item on your packing list that is a must-have is a pair of warm pants or ski pants. When it’s especially chilly outside, you’ll need them for the hike’s top section.
  • Hiking underwear and shirts
For your climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll need 5–6 pairs of underpants. Having 2-3 pairs of thermal underwear (base layer) is also essential for this climb; you’ll wear the first pair on regular s and the second pair on the night of the summit.


One of the most crucial things to pack on the Kilimanjaro is footwear. You need to pay close attention and exercise careful judgment in this situation. A task of utmost importance is selecting your hiking footwear and/or sneakers. A wrong choice here could lead to damaged toenails, corns, and blisters.

  • Hiking boots
Most likely, selecting the right hiking boots is crucial. Your hiking boots should ideally meet the following requirements, while there are many variations on the market: Ankle support in boots should be strong. Medium weight boots are recommended.
  • Sneakers
It enables you to switch from boots to more casual trekking shoes. You should absolutely take off your hiking boots the following s when you get at your camp so that your feet can relax.
  • Trekking socks
Trekking socks are a must on hikes like this. Do not pack cotton socks, as they will retain sweat and give you blisters.
  • Thermal socks
Although they are optional, thermal socks are highly advised, particularly for climbs in the summer. The ones made of materials other than cotton with flat seams will fit wonderfully! Wool is a fantastic substitute.
  • Gaiters
Although gaiters are not required on Kilimanjaro, they are a must during the rainy season to keep dirt, snow, and rocks out of the boots.


Similar to other kinds of trekking gear, Kilimanjaro headgear includes both required and optional components.

  • Sun hat
Your packing list must include a sun hat. It should ideally also have a neck cover. Your face will be shielded from sunburns and heats by this helmet.
  • Beanie
You’ll start to feel cold at higher elevations, so you’ll need a nice beanie to keep your head and ears warm. Given the low temperatures and snowy conditions at the peak, it should be warm enough.
  • Balaclava
For hikers who are particularly sensitive to chilly weather, balaclavas are a useful accessory. On the night of the summit, a woolen balaclava will shield your chin, nose, cheeks, and forehead from the wind. It seems doubtful that you will use it elsewhere.
  • Neck warmer
Neck warmers are popular among climbers because they offer good protection for your neck and face in the event of extreme cold. It works well as a dust-control method as well.
  • Sunglasses
First and foremost, sunglasses ought to offer effective UV defense. Second, keep in mind that snow in the top region reflects light, which puts additional pressure on your eyes, when selecting sunglasses.
  • Headlamp
Additionally, if you opt to use the restroom after dark without a headlamp, you can trip over the tent ropes. Second, while at the summit, a headlamp will be required. Typically, trekkers go out at midnight with the goal of reaching Uhuru Peak before dawn.

Hands & Walking

  • Trekking poles
Long hikes will have less of an adverse effect on your joints if you use trekking poles since part of your weight will be transferred to your hands and back, reducing pressure on your knees and other joints.
  • Lightweight gloves
Most hikers don’t change into their outer gloves until they reach the summit camp. Inner gloves should be made of high-quality materials, with wool, polartec, or synthetics being the finest choices.
  • Warm gloves or mittens
They should be warm, waterproof, and comfortable to use. You will be holding trekking poles in your hands and climbing to the top usually takes eight hours. Consequently, mittens are preferred.

Hiking sleeping bags

  • Sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro
The temperature at which you can sleep in your sleeping bag without wearing anything but your thermal underwear is referred to as the “comfort level.”
  • Inflatable pillow
Anyone who enjoys reading in a tent would benefit greatly from having an inflatable pillow. But you may also use your backpack or some clothing as a temporary pillow by placing them under your head.
  • Sleeping bag liner
On your final s of climbing, a sleeping bag liner will provide additional warmth. In comparison to rectangular ones, mummy-shaped liners are preferable. Your Kilimanjaro hike will benefit greatly from a fleece or an insulated liner.

Personal Items

  •  Medical Medical Kit
Despite the fact that the guides will have a medical kit with everything necessary for treating typical ailments like nausea, headaches, stomachaches, etc., you should still pack any personal medications you might need.
  • Gadgets
Some of the gadgets that will be useful on your Kilimanjaro trip are: Such as Camera , Power banks , E-book , Mp3 Player
  • Toiletries
Bring one roll of toilet paper, as advised. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer are also advised. Every evening and morning, your porter will provide you a bowl of lukewarm water and some soap.