If you’re planning to tackle the Kilimanjaro Gay Climb with us, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t pack smart. Keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb, because anything beyond that is likely to be left behind. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

The following packing list should be used as a guideline, not as gospel. Our Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much, or little to bring. Also be sure to read our   blog post on getting in shape for the climb.

Travel Documents

  • Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
  • Pre-trip packet
  • Credit/ATM card

General Personal Items

  • Eye mask/ear plugs
  • Alarm clock/watch
  • Headlamp flashlight and spare batteries (can be rented locally for $1/day)
  • Camera, memory cards, Spare batteries
  • Smart device/charging cord (there will be intermittent signal on mountain if you have an unlocked phone)
  • Portable battery/device charger
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Sunglasses with UV filter lenses


  • Small First aid kit including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, zinc oxide tape and small scissors, blister pads, diarrhea tablets, dioralyte rehydration packs
  • Personal Medication
  • High protection sunscreen/lip balm + sun barrier cream for nose/ears
  • Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamine
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
  • Tissues/toilet paper as we can’t guarantee the quality provided on the mountain
  • Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters


  • Sweat-wicking short and long sleeve t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down gloves or mittens (can be rented)
  • Thermal pants and shirts for sleeping
  • Lightweight pants for hiking
  • Sweat-wicking underwear (briefs provide less chafing)
  • Good quality hiking socks, and thin liner socks one size too small to prevent stretching/blisters
  • Gloves/warm hat (can be rented)
  • Long sleeved shirts/T-shirts
  • Bathing suit


  • Large waterproof duffel/cargo bag 70-90 litres of capacity (can be rented)
  • Waterproof Day pack (25-35 litres of capacity), preferably with camelback liquid holder, to carry anything you need access to during the day such as your camera, sunscreen, waterproof outer layer, first aid kit, water, rehydration tablets, hat, sunglasses, lip balm, etc.
  • Waterproof bag covers, and waterproof liners or bags to store items in your bags
  • Bags for trash and laundry
  • Sleeping bag – minus 10 degrees Centigrade rating or colder (can be rented for $4/day)
  • Supplements/inter-meal energy supplements & recovery drink powder/portable electrolyte replacement tablets
  • Insulated down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and pants that can fit over down jacket if necessary (can be rented for $2/day each)
  • Waterproof, worn-in, sturdy walking boots with a Gore-Tex or similar waterproof membrane. While Alpine or C3 boots are not required for Kilimanjaro it is important that your boots have good ankle and arch support and good deep tread patterns.
  • Calf gaiters to keep rocks, dirt and water out of your hiking shoes/boots (can be rented for $1/day)
  • Balaclava (can be rented for $1/day)
  • Gore-Tex Mountain Cap/Wool Hat
  • Walking sticks/poles (can be rented for $2/day)
  • Playing cards/book/e-reader for evening entertainment
  • Refillable water bottles/camelback with 3 litre capacity
  • Water purification tablets

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