Essential items to take on your Mount Kilimanjaro Trek  : You’re probably losing your mind over the endless list of equipment you’ve been urged to bring if you’re going to climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world. I am aware of how overwhelming and costly it can be.

Rather than bore you with another lengthy list, here are essentials you must pack (in priority order) along with a detailed packing list guidance and video for Kilimanjaro. In Tanzania, it is easy to hire any other thing.


On summit night, you have to wear sturdy hiking boots. If you don’t, it won’t be enjoyable when your feet freeze. Make sure the boots you purchase are, Warm, Waterproof, Sustaining and among others.

In Tanzania, one can rent boots, but there’s no assurance that they’ll be comfortable or waterproof. It’s best to wear your own shoes that you brought from home, and make sure you break them in to avoid blisters. Keep in mind that you can wear runners all the way to base camp (4,500m) if it is not pouring or snowing.

Gloves or mittens.

Gloves are really necessary. Never employ them in Tanzania. The majority of gloves that are rented are of low quality, thus even though they claim to be waterproof, your hands will still freeze on summit night. They will become wet and won’t dry in time for summit night if there is any rain or snow. Make sure you get a decent pair of waterproof, warm gloves, or borrow one. Purchase glove liners as well for added warmth.

Rain Gear.

You almost certainly will receive some rain or snow, no matter what time of year it is. Kilimanjaro is a wild mountain, and your equipment will never dry if it gets wet! Be sure to purchase and bring: A rain jacket or poncho, Rain pants (to stop water getting in your boots), Day pack rain cover, Dry bags or garbage bags (to waterproof gear carried by your porter).

In Tanzania, high-quality ponchos can be rented. No decent rain coats, trousers, dry bags or pack bags will be found.

Essential items to take on your Mount Kilimanjaro Trek
Essential items to take on your Mount Kilimanjaro Trek

Sleeping Bag Liner.

Even while it’s not necessary, using a sleeping bag liner will make you more comfortable. It is rather cold to sleep on a camping mat on the ground. These tiny liners are great since they are inexpensive and lightweight, plus they provide your sleeping bag more warmth. In Tanzania, they are not sold.


Warm thermal surfaces never undervalue the chill that comes with being high above, particularly on summit night when the wind picks up. It’s best to get ready by buying (at least):

1 x Thermal top and bottom (best 260 Merino wool).

1 x Thermal socks (very thin layer for under your thick woolen hiking socks).

1 x Thermal sleeping bag liner (adds warmth to your sleeping bag).

If you have 1 good pair of thermals, you will be able hire another reasonable pair in Tanzania.

Toenail Clippers.

Before you attempt summit night or begin your descent, trim your nails. If you don’t, you’ll probably lose a few nails as your nails will scrape against the front of your boots.

Portable Power Bank.

Batteries that are cold quickly drain. You will undoubtedly need to recharge your phone if you intend to use it to snap pictures at the peak. As an alternative, pack extra batteries. Bring an extra battery or two if you plan to use your camera, and keep them close to your body so they stay warm until sunrise.

I can’t emphasize enough how crucial these seven essentials are to even moderate comfort on your journey. Bring these items with you, as it is difficult to hire or buy them in Tanzania. The remaining equipment is readily available for purchase or rental in Tanzania (approximate costs are shown here).

You may view our in-depth packing video below or download our complete Kilimanjaro packing list.

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