Packing for Kilimanjaro
Other than paying for the 7-day tour itself, the next most expensive part of hiking Kilimanjaro is purchasing the right gear for the hike. During the 7 days on the mountain, I’ll be hiking through various climates, from hot, to cold, to windy, to rainy and to snowy. The key to successfully cross these different climates is to dress in layers. Planning what to pack will require both planning and time.
A list of what I’ll need for my Kilimanjaro hike:
- Day pack with waterproof cover
- Duffel bag: will be used to carry whatever I won’t need during the day. The porter will carry it for me.
- Waterproof trekking boots and extra shoes just in case
- Gaiters: used to protect yours legs from branches, snow, mud, etc
- Thermal outer socks: should be either wool or synthetic
- Inner socks: use a synthetic small sock before wearing the bigger sock
- Waterproof trousers: to protect against rain and snow
- Long trousers: a pair of warm and another pair of light trousers, both made out of wool or synthetic
- Shorts: when hiking at the bottom of the mountain
- Thermal underwear made out of lycra to protect against the cold
- Jacket, both wind and waterproof
- Waterproof outer gloves and a pair of inner gloves
- Long sleeved shirts and t-shirts (synthetic or wool)
- Balaclava to protect my head against the cold and wind and a hat to protect against the sun
- Headlamps with spare batteries so I can see at night.
- Insulated water bottles so my water doesn’t freeze.
- Travel towel: it’s compact and dries quickly
- Trekking poles: it helps save energy during the hike
- Sunglasses, swiss army knife, whistle, small mirror, string/rope, watch, first-aid kit
- Sun lotion and lip balm with sun protection, insect repellent
- Kleenex, wet wipes, biodegradable soap bar, no rinse shampoo, foot powder
- Flavored powder to put in water: The water is filtered but doesn’t taste good.
- Rehydration salts: in case I’m dehydrated
- Power bars and other snacks to maintain energy levels
To this list, you need to add regular medicine (ipubrofen, sudafed, etc), more specific medicine (decadron for altitude sickness, amoxillin for upper reparatory problems, etc), toothbrush, toothpaste, camera, books, pens and more. I’m sure I forgot something on this list. But it gives me an idea of what I need to purchase in the next few weeks. Any other suggestions?