Safety Equipment for Kilimanjaro Climb
Which gear do you need for your Kilimanjaro climb and why? Good Rain protection is also essential equipment for Kilimanjaro
Baggage and sleeping gear for trekking Kilimanjaro
- Big Backpack or Hold all, 70-90 liters capacity (for kit carried by a porter)
- Daypack, 25-35 liters (for private use on the mountain; ready-access items)
- Sleeping Bag (minus 10 degrees Centigrade rating or colder).
Waterproof backpack liner or heavy-duty plastic sack
Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover
KINDLY NOTE: sleeping mattresses are not required as we provide these for you
Clothing for climbing Kilimanjaro
- Kilimanjaro-gaiters-hire Sweat-wicking T-shirts / Vests
- Insulated down jacket or similar.
- Down mittens or similar.
- Thermal long-johns for summit night.
- Lightweight walking trousers (avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they chafe and dry slowly)
- Underwear (briefs are usually better than boxer shorts which gather and rub)
- Perfect quality hiking socks and thin liner socks. (We advise that socks should be at least a size too small otherwise they stretch and bunch causing blisters)
- Breathable lightweight waterproofs (jacket and trousers).
- Waterproof walking boots, sturdy and worn-in. A Gore-Tex membrane or similar has advised. While Alpine or C3 boots are not required for Kilimanjaro, it is essential that your shoes have right ankle and arch support and good deep read patterns.
- Calf gaiters, Balaclava
- Woolen Hat or Goretex Mountain Cap
- Wide abounded sun hat to defend face, neck, and ears
- Hygiene-related gear for use on Kilimanjaro
- Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
- Flat packed Wet Ones, travel wipes, or similar for personal hygiene on the mountain.
- Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper
- Sanitary products
- Lip salve with UV protection
- Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
Health-related items for Kilimanjaro
- Malaria Pills (if you pick to take these. Most will seek guidance from their GP. Note that some anti-malarial courses need to commence some weeks earlier before departure)
- Factor 30+ sun cream
- Sun barrier cream white/blue for nose and ears
Each climber must carry his / her First Aid kit
- Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
- Compeed Blister Pads
- Loperamide Diahorrea Tablets
- Any medication you normally use
- Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs.
- Pain Killers (Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Diclopar)
- choose to use this Diamox (Acetazolamide)
Note; Mountain guide will carry a more comprehensive medical equipment with additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, dressings, Loperamide, Amoxycillin, Oral Dexamethasone, and some other substances.
Where a climber has specific health concerns that they or their doctor anticipate being worsened by experience to high altitude, or if he has a history of heartsickness in the family, we would recommend that the requirements that we bring an additional canister of emergency oxygen
Needed documents when traveling for Kilimanjaro climb
- Passport (with additional six months’ validity after proposed expedition return date)
- Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If you take a flight to Nairobi then taking the bus to Arusha Kenyan visas can be accepted on arrival at Nairobi airport.)
- Air Kilimanjaro-head torches-travel Documents
- Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 and $1 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc.)
- Credit Card (recommended for eventualities only)
- Travel Insurance Documents
- Vaccination Certificates (Yellow Fever, if visiting a ‘risk zone’ before entering Tanzania)
- Traveler’s Cheques not suggested as they are subject to abysmal conversion rates in Arusha