Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari Gear List
The equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal kit. You’ll notice that the gear is essentially the same as that required for a summer ascent of Rainier without the inclusion of any technical climbing gear. Most items are required, while a few are optional. Please consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items from your duffle. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled by Phil Ershler and Eric Simonson, the expedition organizers. Don’t cut corners on the quality of your gear. Please contact us if you have any questions.
[ ] Duffel Bags: Two duffel bags with name tags. One of the duffle bags goes on the climb with you and will be carried by the porters. Expect for it to get wet and muddy, so a rugged, waterproof duffle is good. You will store the other bag at the hotel with your clothes for travel and safari so it does not need to be as robust. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters don’t like to carry them, so don’t bring two wheeled bags.
[ ] Daypack: Large daypack or bag with a shoulder strap, so you don’t have to set it down while doing the duffle shuffle or handling travel documents while going through passport control and customs at the airport. It needs to be big enough to hold everything you’ll need for an overnight stop.
[ ] Locks: You’ll want padlocks in Africa, but for flying out of the USA, it might be better to use plastic zip ties which can be cut by TSA staff if necessary (bring extra zip ties).
[ ] Travel Wallet: A secure travel wallet is a must for carrying your important documents including passport, extra photos, duffel inventory list, and money. We suggest that you use a travel wallet that you can hang around your neck and place inside your shirt, or around your waist tucked under your shirt or trousers.
[ ] Passport. Carry a photocopy of the first two pages and an extra photo in a separate location.
[ ] Trekking Poles: Poles come in handy for balance and easing impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack.
[ ] Backpack: You need a pack big enough for your clothes, water, camera, food, etc during the day. Packs should be in the 50 liter / 3000 cu in range. Not too big, not too small.
[ ] Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your pack.
[ ] Sleeping Bag: Rated to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Synthetic is better in case of rain.
[ ] Sleeping Pad: (chose either a self-inflating or closed-cell foam pad)
[ ] Tip: Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
[ ] Base Layer: 2 pair synthetic long johns: one midweight set and one expedition weight set.
[ ] Mid Layers: One additional warm layer (wool sweater, another fleece jacket, shelled vest, etc, that can be worn in conjunction to the other layers).
[ ] Warm Pants: Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials. Fleece is good. Wear over longjohns with shell on top for cold weather.
[ ] Shell Jacket: Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood.
[ ] Shell Pants: Waterproof/breathable pants (full side zips are best).
[ ] Parka: REQUIRED (it gets VERY COLD on summit morning!). Down or synthetic. This should be big enough to go over other garments.
[ ] Rain Poncho: Nice for hiking in the forest if it rains; a cheap plastic one is fine.
[ ] Hiking Clothes: Light hiking pants and / or hiking shorts – NOT cotton. Shirts for hiking on nice days (t-shirts OK, quick-drying synthetic fabric far better.)
[ ] Casual Clothes: For travel/safari/meals in dining rooms. You’ll want a shirt or two with a collar to wear on flights and in the lodges. A sweatshirt or light jacket might be nice in the evening.
[ ] Bathing Suit: Some of the hotels have pools.
[ ] Gloves and Mittens: Light gloves for hiking and around camp, warm ski gloves or similar, and down or warm insulated mittens for summit day.
[ ] Hats: Warm wool or heavy fleece hat, sun hat and bandana.
[ ] Lightweight Shoes: Running/tennis shoes for camp, around town, safari, etc.
[ ] Hiking Boots: Medium-weight hiking boots (NOT plastic double boots), waterproofed and broken-in.
[ ] Gaiters: To keep snow, mud, and scree out of your hiking boots. We’ve used the OR Crocs for years.
[ ] Socks: 3 complete changes of socks, in a combination that you have used and know works for you. Make sure your boots are roomy enough for the sock combination you intend to use. Tight boots will make your feet cold.
[ ] Headlamp with extra batteries.
[ ] Water Bottles: 2 water bottles with foam insulation shells (OR water bottle parka).
[ ] Water Treatment: Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua or similar), iodine crystals (Polar Pure), or the new Chlorine Dioxide (made by Potable Aqua) for water purification.
[ ] Camera: With spare batteries, and film or memory cards.
[ ] Pocket Knife.
[ ] Wrist Watch: With alarm.
[ ] Eyewear: Bring good sunglasses. For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions that cause blowing dust.
[ ] Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Lens solutions are not widely available in Africa.
[ ] Skin Care: Maximum SPF sunscreen and lip balm, (you are on the Equator!)
[ ] First Aid: Hand sanitizer (Purell), moleskin, tape, aspirin / ibuprofen / acetaminophen, Imodium for diarrhea, Band-Aids, small towel, antacid, insect repellant, ear plugs, and several rolls of toilet paper.
[ ] Prescription Medications:
Antibiotic such as Ciprofloxacin and/or Zithromax Z-Pak
Diamox for acclimatization, 125mg tabs recommended, enough for one week
Sleeping pills for jet lag (one week)
Malaria Chemophrophylaxis (we suggest Malarone, one tablet a day starting two days before the trip and going until one week after the trip)
Asthma medication, if any history.
[ ] Personal Snack Food: You should bring some extra snacks for the climb, especially for summit day, and some drink mixes if you like these to add to your water bottle.