IMG Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari Gear List
The equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal kit. You'll notice that the gear is essentially the same as that required for a summer ascent of Rainier without the inclusion of any technical climbing gear. Most items are required, while a few are optional. Please consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items from your duffle. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled by Phil Ershler and Eric Simonson, the expedition organizers. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear. Please contact us if you have any questions.
|[ ]||Duffel Bags: Two duffel bags with name tags. One of the duffle bags goes on the climb with you and will be carried by the porters (max 30 pounds). Your porter duffel bag must be big enough to carry all your gear that isn't going into your day pack (approximately 85 to 100-liter capacity). Expect for it to get wet and muddy, so a rugged duffle is good. Pack your gear in plastic bags to protect from leaks. You will store the other bag at the hotel with your clothes for travel and safari so it does not need to be as robust. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters don't like to carry them, so don't bring two wheeled bags. Example for a suitable porter duffel bag: Jansport Tahoma Duffel (100-liter capacity).|
|[ ]||Daypack: Large daypack or bag with a shoulder strap, so you don't have to set it down while doing the duffle shuffle or handling travel documents while going through passport control and customs at the airport. It needs to be big enough to hold everything you'll need for an overnight stop.|
|[ ]||Locks: You'll want padlocks in Africa, but for flying out of the USA, it might be better to use plastic zip ties which can be cut by TSA staff if necessary (bring extra zip ties).|
|[ ]||Travel Wallet: A secure travel wallet is a must for carrying your important documents including passport, extra photos, duffel inventory list, and money. We suggest that you use a travel wallet that you can hang around your neck and place inside your shirt, or around your waist tucked under your shirt or trousers.|
|[ ]||Passport. Carry a photocopy of the first two pages and an extra photo in a separate location.
|[ ]||Trekking Poles: Poles come in handy for balance and easing impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack. If you have never used trekking poles, you will like them. They are very helpful especially for the downhill.|
|[ ]||Trekking Backpack: You need a pack big enough for your clothes, water, camera, food, etc during the day. Packs should be in the 50 liter / 3000 cu in range. Not too big, not too small.|
|[ ]||Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your pack.|
|[ ]||Sleeping Bag: Rated to 10°Fahrenheit. Synthetic is better in case of rain. You will be cold at the higher camps with anything less substantial than a 10°Fahrenheit rating.|
|[ ]||Sleeping Pad: (chose either a self-inflating or closed-cell foam pad) Example: Thermarest NeoAir|
|[ ]||Tip: Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
|The key to staying warm and dry on Kilimanjaro is layering! Please bring all clothing listed.|
|[ ]||Base Layer: One mid-weight set of synthetic long john tops and bottoms.|
|[ ]||Base Layer: One expedition-weight set of synthetic long john tops and bottoms.|
|[ ]||Mid Layer: Soft shell jacket or fleece jacket. Example: Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket.|
|[ ]||Mid Layer: An additional mid-weight insulating layer such as another 100- or 200-weight fleece or light-weight down/synthetic insulated top. Example: Outdoor Research Radiant Hybrid Hoody|
|[ ]||Mid Layer: One additional warm layer (wool sweater, another fleece jacket, shelled vest, etc, that can be worn in conjunction with the other layers).|
|[ ]||Parka: REQUIRED (it gets VERY COLD on summit morning!). Down or synthetic. This should be big enough to go over other garments. Example: Outdoor Research Virtuoso Jacket (A mid-weight down or synthetic insulated parka with a hood is what you are looking for.)|
|[ ]||Mid Layer: Warm Pants. Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials. Fleece is good, soft shell type pants are even better. Wear over long johns with shell on top for cold weather. Example: Outdoor Research Cirque Pants|
|[ ]||Outer Layer: Shell Jacket. Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood (look for Gore-Tex). Example: Outdoor Research Foray Jacket.|
|[ ]||Outer Layer: Shell Pants. Waterproof/breathable pants (full side zips are best and Gore-Tex is perfect). Example: Outdoor Research Paladin Pants|
|[ ]||Rain Poncho: Nice for hiking in the forest if it rains; a cheap plastic one is fine.|
|[ ]||Hiking Clothes: Light hiking pants and / or hiking shorts - NOT cotton. Shirts for hiking on nice days (t-shirts OK, quick-drying synthetic fabric far better).|
|[ ]||Casual Clothes: For travel and safari. A sweatshirt and/or light jacket is nice in the evening.|
|[ ]||Bathing Suit: Some of the hotels have pools.
|[ ]||Gloves and Mittens: 1) Light gloves - for hiking and around camp, 2) Mid-weight gloves - ski gloves or similar, and 3) Heavy gloves or mittens - down or synthetic insulated for summit day.|
|[ ]||Hats: Warm wool or heavy fleece hat, sun hat and bandana.
|[ ]||Lightweight Shoes: Running/tennis shoes for camp, around town, safari, etc.|
|[ ]||Mid-weight hiking/backpacking boots: You're not carrying heavy loads, but you are on the trail several hours each day. Additionally, summit morning is cold so 'wiggle room' for those toes is a good thing. Good ankle support is needed. Leather and/or synthetic upper must be well water-proofed and/or Gore-Tex, with a decent lug sole for traction over rough/slippery terrain. Purchase early and make sure they are well broken-in before the trek.|
|[ ]||Gaiters: Keeps snow, mud, and scree out of your hiking boots. Example: Outdoor Research Crocs.|
|[ ]||Socks: Minimum 3 complete changes of socks, in a combination that you have used and know works for you. Make sure your boots are roomy enough for the sock combination you intend to use. Tight boots will make your feet cold.
|[ ]||Headlamp with extra batteries.|
|[ ]||Water Bottles: 2 1-liter, wide-mouth water bottles. Nalgene wide-mouth bottles are the standard because they are the best. Bring 3 if you know you drink a lot. Some people find they want more than 2 liters. Camelbacks or other hydration bladders work well on the approach days, but they will freeze on summit day, even if they are insulated. If you are going to bring a Camelback, you must also bring the 2 1-liter bottles for summit day. Write your name on all bottles with permanent marker for easy recognition.|
|[ ]||Water Treatment: Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua or similar), iodine crystals (Polar Pure), or the new Chlorine Dioxide (made by Potable Aqua) for water purification.|
|[ ]||Camera: With spare batteries, and film or memory cards. USB for sharing photos with teammates.|
|[ ]||Pocket Knife.
|[ ]||Personal Snack Food: bring some extra snacks for the climb, especially for summit day, and some drink mixes if you like these to add to your water bottle. See the Kilimanjaro FAQ page for inspiration and guidance on snacks.|
|[ ]||Wrist Watch: With alarm.|
|[ ]||Eyewear: Bring good sunglasses. For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions that cause blowing dust.|
|[ ]||Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Lens solutions are not widely available in Africa.|
|[ ]||Skin Care: Maximum SPF sunscreen and lip balm, (you are on the Equator!)|
|[ ]||Hand sanitizer (Purell), small towel, insect repellant, ear plugs, several rolls of toilet paper, small first aid kit (with moleskin, tape, aspirin / ibuprofen / acetaminophen, Imodium for diarrhea, antacid, Band-Aids).|
|[ ]||Prescription Medications: 1) Antibiotic such as Ciprofloxacin; 2) Diamox for acclimatization, 125mg tabs recommended, enough for one week; 3) Sleeping pills for jet lag (one week); 4) Malaria Chemophrophylaxis (we suggest Malarone, one tablet a day starting two days before the trip and going until one week after the trip); 5) Asthma medication, if any history.|
|[ ]||Pee bottle: Bring an additional 1-liter wide-mouth water bottle. This keeps you from having to get out of the tent in the cold at night. Ladies this is optional, but if you will use a pee bottle you MUST be well practiced at using a female funnel (Go-girl or similar) PRIOR to arrival.|
|[ ]||Chemical hand warmers (6)