Kilimanjaro Climb Equipment List

Kilimanjaro Climb Equipment List

Here is a quick list of all the gear that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro trek. We’ve included links to our personal recommendations.


  • 4-5 Pairs of underwear
  • Top and bottom base layer – Icebreaker (Women) or SmartWool (Men)
  • 3-4 Short sleeve and 1-2 long sleeve trekking shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of hiking trousers
  • 1 Fleece jacket – Helly Hansen (Men) or The North Face (Women)
  • 1 Insulated winter jacket – Arc’Teryx Atom (Men) or North Face Nuptse (Women)
  • 1 Insulated trekking trousers
  • 1 Hardshell jacket – North Face Resolve Resolve (Men) and North Face Venture 2 (Women)
  • Lightweight raingear


  • Mid-weight hiking boots – Salomon Quest (Women) or KEEN Targhee (Men)
  • Camp trainers (Men) / Trekking sandals (Women)
  • 4-5 Pairs of trekking socks – SmartWool or Bridgedale
  • 1 Pair of warm/thick trekking socks

Sleeping Accessories

  • 4-Season sleeping bag – Marmot Trestles or Hyke & Byke Unisex
  • Insulated sleeping mat
  • Inflatable pillow (optional)


  • Camera
  • GoPro (optional)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Spare batteries and camera memory card
  • Kindle with backlight (optional)


  • Sun hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm beanie or fleece headband
  • Bandana or neck gaiter
  • Headlamp – PETZL Tikka
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking

  • Lightweight inner gloves – New Balance Lightweight Gloves
  • Warm outer gloves/mitts – Gore-Tex Gloves (Men) or Black Diamond Mercury Mitts (Women)
  • Adjustable trekking poles – Black Diamond Alpine

Bags and Daypack

  • 80-90L Waterproof duffle bag – North Face Base Camp
  • 20-30L Daypack – Osprey Talon 22
  • Daypack raincover
  • Travel bag organisers (optional)

General Accessories

  • Large volume water bottle or hydration bladder – Platypus Hydration Bladder for backpack
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby wipes
  • Sweat-resistant suncream
  • Blister plasters
  • Insect repellant
  • General medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Pee bottle (optional)

Other Bits and Bobs

  • Energy bars
  • Energy drink supplement
  • Ziplock bags for important possessions (passport, money, phone, etc.)
  • Trekking towel
  • Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
  • Passport, visa, insurance, yellow fever card (if applicable)
  • Small lock for your duffle bag
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