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Kilimanjaro Gear List Overview

Currently you’ve made the decision to climb the roof of Africa, it’s time to prepare yourself with Proper Climb Kilimanjaro guide. We know that planning a Kilimanjaro Gear List can be a daunting task, so we’ve made it for you by putting together a wide-ranging packing guide that you can follow! If you pack everything as per our Kilimanjaro Gear List, you can rest assured that you’ll be fine on your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The right gear will help you to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in an ease. Your Kilimanjaro Gear List should consist of all the essential items rather than luxuries. Do not carry everything which you get to pack, as you should be carry it to the top of the peak. Make sure to leave behind all the expensive items, ornaments and other sensitive items. Clothing gears, hiking gears and camping gears are important for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Beginners as well as professionals.

Pre & Post Trek Kilimanjaro

What do you need to climb Kilimanjaro?


  • Running shoes or lightweight trail shoes: For travel and easy walking. Some days on the mountain you will hike in these shoes. It is important to be able to change footwear to aid in prevention of blisters and other foot discomsforts.
  • Hiking boots: Leather with sturdy mid-sole and a Vibram sole. ½ or ¾ shank, boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combination. Combination fabric and leather trail shoes that come over the ankle for support might also be acceptable. Fit is much more important than brand. Take time to select a pair that fits, and break them in well.
  • Gaiters: For mud in the forest and scree on summit day. Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research’s Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.
  • Sport sandals: Excellent in camp during evenings and on Safari, open toe model that can be worn with socks (Teva).
  • Camp booties: Down or synthetic, optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles. Mountain Hardwear Chugach Booties are excellent.
  • Lightweight socks: Three pairs Synthetic/Wool Blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia, Smartwool).
  • Heavy socks: Three pairs Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale).


  • 1 Insulated Jacket
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Rain Jacket
  • 1 Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 2 Long Sleeve Shirts, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 Hiking Shorts
  • 2 Hiking Pants
  • 1 Fleece Pants
  • 1 Rain Pants, side zip recommended
  • 3 Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 2 Sports Bra (women)

Headwear & Handwear

  • 1 Wide Brimmed Hat or Cap
  • 1 Warm Hat or Beanie
  • 1 Balaclava or Buff
  • 1 Bandana
  • 1 Gloves, warm, waterproof ,1 Gloves, thin
  • Footwear,1 Hiking Boots, waterproof
  • 1 Shoelaces, extra,4 Hiking Socks
  • Foot and hand warmers: These are great to have on hand, even if you are wearing the right type of socks, shoes and gloves.

Personal Care Recommendations

  • 1 Sunglasses, full coverage
  • 1 Sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher
  • 1 Lip Balm, SPF 30 or higher
  • 1 Insect Repellent, containing DEET
  • 1Body and face wipes
  • Toothbrush/Tooth Paste
  • 1 Toilet Paper, full roll
  • 1 Hand Sanitizer
  • Energy bars or energy drink supplements
  • Medications– Diamox, Antibiotics for gastrointestinal infections, anti-malaria, painkillers and your regular medications water purification drops, band-aids, antibiotic creams

Medical & Personal

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher (any brand)
  • Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).
  • First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids).
  • Large trash compactor bags: For waterproofing some items inside your duffel.
  • Zip-loc bags: These are always useful.
  • Baby wipes
  • Earplugs: Very useful for sleeping in tents and lodges. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.