A trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro is one of the most exciting and challenging adventures you can undertake. To avoid unnecessary hardship and to prevent walking accidents and injury it is important that you are fully prepared so here is a helpful list for what you will need.
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- Large Rucksack, 70-90 litres capacity (carried by a porter)
- Medium sized Day pack around 25-35 litres or around 6kg for use personally on the mountain (with rain cover)
- Plastic bags or dry sacks as rain protection
- Small Ziplock bags for gel packets or food.
- Sleeping Bag (four seasons minus 10-15°C with optional fleece liner).
- Self-inflating mattress
- Small pillow, or improvise with clothing
- Avoid cotton and stick to Sweat-wicking T-shirts and vests
- A fleece or insulated jacket and gloves
- Waterproof jacket
- Thermal long johns for taking the summit – waterproof trousers may also be useful.
- Lightweight trousers for walking – optional convertible shorts.
- Underwear – briefs are best for men and women should use sports bras
- The best quality hiking socks you can get to avoid blisters
- Sturdy and worn-in waterproof walking boots with a solid grip and good ankle support to avoid twisting ankles.
- Spare shoelaces
- Alternative camp footwear.
- Woollen hat or other warm headgear
- Wide brimmed sun hat
- Sunglasses with good UV protection
- Head torch
Toiletries & Hygiene
- Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
- Travel wipes and toilet paper or tissues (store in dry plastic bags)
- Lip salve or Vaseline to prevent chafing injury on the lips and skin
- Sunblock, factor 30+
- Mosquito repellent for the first day
- Water bag so you don’t have to stop to drink
- Water bottle
- Water filtration tablets
- Tanzanian Entry Visa.
- Air Travel ticket
- Cash in $US
- Travel insurance documents
- Details of guide or tour operator
- Copy of your passport, kept separate
First Aid Kit
- Diamox (Acetazolamide) for altitude sickness
- Compeed Blister Pads
- Loperamide tablets for Diarrhoea
- Rehydration sachets
- Antiseptic cream, plasters and bandages for cuts and other small injuries.
Take some snack items like nuts, energy bars or gels, chocolate and dried fruit.
Enjoy your adventure but remember if you need to make a claim for compensation due to a slip, trip or fall then Accident Advice Helpline is the place to call. Our Freephone number is 0800 689 0500 and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice