Mt. Kilimanjaro Packing list

Backpack/duffel bag

A small to medium sized backpack, with a volume capacity of up to 2000 cu in (30 liters), is appropriate as a day backpack. On this day backpack you will usually carry: your (waterproof)gear for that day/extra clothing/sun lotion/water/snacks/hat/gloves/bug repellant/other items for personal use. You can always ask the Moana Tanzania guides if you are not sure what to bring in your day backpack for that day.

All of your other luggage will be placed into you duffel bag, which will be carried by the porter. The weight limit of the duffel bag is 15 kgs. It is advised to use plastic bags or dry bags to separate and water proof your gear inside the duffel bag. You will be expected to pack your daypack and duffel bag each morning before breakfast. Note that it is acceptable to use a backpack instead of a duffel bag. However, since porters bundle the bag with other items and carry the load on their heads, a duffel bag is preferred.

You are responsible for bringing personal (climbing) gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb. You can also rent most of the gear from Moana Tanzania.


1 – Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional)

1 – Trekking poles, collapsable (highly recommended)*

1 – HeadLamp, with extra batteries

1 -Duffel bag, 70L-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment

1 – Day pack,30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear

Technical clothing

1 – Waterproof jacket, breathable with hood

1 – Insulated jacket, synthetic or down, warm

1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell

3 – long sleeve shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric

1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric

1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper recommended)

2 – Hiking Pants

1 – Fleece Pants

1 – Shorts (optional)

1 – Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric

4 – Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended

3 – Sport Bra (women)

                         Headwear, Hand wear & Footwear


1 -Brimmed hat, for sun protection

1 – Knit Hat, for warmth

1 – Balaclava or Buff (recommended)


1 – groves, warm (waterproof recommended)

1 – Gloves, light


1 -hiking boots/ shoes,warm, waterproof

7 – pair of socks, wool or synthetic

1 – gaiters, waterproof (optional)


– Toiletries

– Prescriptions

– Sunscreen

– Lip Balm

– Insect Repellent, containing DEET

– First Aid Kit (guides of Moana Tanzania also have a first aid kit)

– Face mask(Required)

– Hand Sanitizer (Required)

– Wet Wipes (recommended)

– snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)

– Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)

– Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

– Charged powerbank (recommended)

– Paperwork

– Passport

– Visa (available at kilimanjaro airport -JRO)

– Vaccination Papers (if necessary for entering Tanzania)

– Other items of a personal nature


1 – Sunglasses or Goggles

1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)

1 – water bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)

1 – Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters) (recommended)

1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)

1 – pee bottle to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)

– Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or “Ziploc”-Type Plastic Bags, to keep gear dry and separate. Note that

there is a general ban on plastic bags in Tanzania, however Ziploc-type bags for toiletries are

permitted for tourists