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Mt. Kilimanjaro Equipment & Gears

Mount Kilimanjaro packaging list

Welcome to your Kilimanjaro adventure! To make sure you’re fully prepared, be sure to pack everything on the Mount Kilimanjaro Packing List.

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Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! RLAT offers the best prices around for renting mountain equipment/gear. Our equipment/gears are new and in the best condition to ensure a successful climb.

Temperatures on Kilimanjaro can vary greatly, so it’s important to have the right clothing and equipment. Layering thin items that you can easily add or remove is the way to go. And don’t worry about overpacking – the National Park limits main equipment bags to 15kg per porter, which is plenty for your needs. We’ll weigh your bag before you start the climb to make sure everything is good to go.

We can’t wait to see you conquer Kilimanjaro!

What to wear and carry!


  1. Warm winter hat
  2. Neck gaiter or scarf – We recommend bringing a neck gaiter or bandana as it can get dust on Kilimanjaro
  3. Sun hat – Choose a hat that is wide-brimmed for protection
  4. Sunglasses – Choose a pair of high UV protection glasses as sun intensity above 4,500m is very high.
  5. Headlamp – You will need a headlamp with good light output for any late night toilet journeys, and importantly for summit night. We also recommend having extra batteries (AAA batteries)


  1. The thermal base layer – 1 thermal base layer, ideally made from merino wool.
  2. Short-sleeved shirt – 2 lightweight, moisture-wicking short-sleeved shirts are sufficient.
  3. Long sleeve shirt – 2 or 3 light or medium weight, moisture wicking long sleeve shirts.
  4. Fleece or soft shell jacket – A mid-weight fleece jacket is ideal for Kilimanjaro
  5. Insulated jacket – A good quality and warm down or Primaloft jacket is required for the cold nights and summit push.
  6. Hard shell outer jacket – A windproof hard shell outer jacket to protect you from the elements
  7. Poncho – As Kilimanjaro, the weather is unpredictable then poncho is recommended.
  8. Leggings – 2 Thermal or fleece base layers for your legs
  9. Trekking trousers – 1 medium-weight trekking pair of trousers is recommended.
  10. Hard shell trousers – Windproof will protect you from the elements


  1. Lightweight Gloves – We recommend this for the lowers slope
  2. Warm gloves or mittens – For the cold nights and for the summit we recommend heavyweight gloves
  3. Trekking boots – We recommend using a mid-weight trekking boot with good ankle support. We also recommend it to be waterproof
  4. Gym shoes/sandals – To wear around camp after a day’s trek.
  5. Socks – We recommend bringing 3-4 pairs of outer socks and 2-3 pairs of liner socks. We also recommend bringing one x thick thermal socks for summit night.
  6. Gaiters – We recommend this to keep your trousers clean from getting wet and muddy or dusty conditions.
  7. Micro-spikes/crampons – Not always required, but there are special periods when the mountain receives an excessive amount of ice near the summit.


  1. Sun and lip screen – High sun protection factor sunscreen and lip protection balm is recommended
    Toothbrush and toothpaste
  2. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  3. Personal medicines and medical kit – Recommend bringing Paracetamol and Imodium at a minimum
  4. Extra bag – For your extra luggage that will remain at hotel
  5. Packing cubes – Useful for keeping items organized within your duffle bag
    Camera and spare batteries
  6. Plug Adapter – A plug adapter for charging your devices in the hotels before and after the trek. We recommend adapter type G.
  7. Personal snacks – Boiled sweets, nuts, energy bars, and dried fruit are all good for Kilimanjaro.
  8. Towel – lightweight, quick-dry
  9. Portable power bank and an extra one if possible

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