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Climb Kilimanjaro Equipment List

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For a safe and more comfortable adventure up Kilimanjaro there are a number of things to take into consideration.  Even if planning your adventure in the traditional dry season, you will have a good chance of rain down in the rain forest, at least.  Adequate protection for keeping you dry is important (poncho).  Protection from the sun’s harmful rays, which are intensified on Kilimanjaro due to the thinner atmosphere, is also extremely important.  For the summit attempt, the correct layering approach is a must, because having the wrong equipment can put your safety at risk and also decrease your chance of reaching the summit.  When talking about correct layers, there are 3 different layers to plan for.  The first layer will be that which is closest to your body and the correct thermal underwear that does not contain any cotton and wick moisture away from the skin, is the way to go.  The second layer will be your thermal layer that which will keep you warm in cold conditions.  Most people will take a down jacket which will be more than sufficient, but a good thermal jacket (i.e. 300gram Polartec ®, Nordic ®) or similar will also do the job. Remember to also take similar protection for your legs.  Lastly you will have your outer layer or outer shell.  This will make sure that the heat that was created by your body does not escape and that cold wind or moisture does not bring down your core temperature.  The key to the clothing and equipment, including your boots, is that it should be ‘breathable’ – allowing moisture to wick away from the body and vice-versa preventing outside conditions from affecting you adversely.
Hiking Shirts 4 T-shirts will also do, but stay away from cotton as this absorbs moister that will reduce your core temperature. Synthetic fabrics are better. The best would be to have long sleeve shirts that dry quickly and are UV protective.
Hiking Shorts 3 Once again try and stay away from cotton (rather use synthetic fabrics). The best would be full length pants, with the option of zip-off legs.
Sun hat (sun protection) Broad-rimmed hat, not just a cap - for proper sun protection.
Sunglasses Take a spare, it is always handy should you lose your glasses while hiking. Stay away from contact lenses as our eyes tend to dry out due to the extreme weather conditions. A pair of clear glasses is very useful on summit night to protect your eyes from the wind, dust and dry air.
Socks 6 Thermal hiking socks are recommended to keep your feet dry to prevent blisters. A clean pair of socks for each day on Kilimanjaro is recommended.
Hiking stick 2 Best to take a collapsible stick that can be tied down onto your day pack should you be walking over a level stretch, or if the one stick is in the way.
Hiking boots 1 Your hiking boots should be comfortable, give you ankle support, be waterproof and breathable, have a sturdy sole, and not be too heavy. It is very important to get the correct boots for your feet, as most makes of boots differ as far as sizes are concerned.
Comfortable Shoes 1 Once you get back to camp, it is recommended to give your feet a rest with light shoes.
Balaclava 1 For the cold evenings and also for the summit night, to prevent heat from escaping from your head.
Warm Scarf 1 For extra warmth around your neck.
Thermal underwear top 2 Stay away from cotton, synthetic fabrics that are breathable and long sleeve are the best.
Thermal underwear pants 2 Stay away from cotton, synthetic fabrics that are breathable and long with long legs are the best.
Thermal Jacket 1 To trap your body heat. The best would be a Polartec ® 300 jacket or similar.
Thermal pants 1 To trap your body heat. The best would be a Polartec ® 100 pants or similar.
Gloves 1 The best combination is a fleece inner glove with a outer mitt that is wind and water proof
Wind and Water proof Jacket 1 To protect you from the cold wind, and light rain or snow. Also to be used as your outer shell.
Wind and Water proof Pants 1 To protect you from the cold wind, and light rain or snow. Also to be used as your outer shell.
Poncho 1 To provide cover from hard or constant rain.
Gaiters 1 A pair of gaiters will prevent water, mud and grass from getting in your boots.
Sleeping bag 1 Rated to at least -5 °C, preferably up to -8 °C.
Sleeping mat 1 A 10mm sleeping mat is provided, but a self-inflatable mattress can be taken along for added comfort.
Day pack 1 Around 35 liters capacity, you will need this to carry all items that you would need and like to use during the day. Your extra equipment will be carried on your behalf. Must have soft arm and hip straps for comfort.
Duffel bag / Carry bag 1 Around 100 liters capacity. This bag will be carried on your behalf on Kilimanjaro by porters. All your equipment must fit into this bag, and must be waterproof. We have found that packing all items in thick plastic bags will assist greatly in keeping your equipment dry and clean.
Travel Bag 1 Extra clothes can be left at the hotel. Should you be going on safari or to Zanzibar after your hike it will not be necessary to take all your items up Kilimanjaro.
Headlamp 1 Remember to take spare batteries. Rather take a headlamp than a torch. LED headlamps work the best as allot less battery power is used.
Water bottles 2 Total water consumption should be at least 3-5 liters per day. You can purchase plastic 1.5l bottles of water at the hotel, so decant from these to your own bottles.
Towel and Washcloth 1 Keeping your body clean also increases your body’s ability to keep you warm. Ideally take a cloth that dries quickly and that can be used for washing.
Wet wipes / Baby wipes   Perfect to quickly clean yourself before meals.
Toilet paper   Please remember to practice environmentally friendly habits when using the bush
Trail Snacks 6 Make a packet for each day. The meals provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are more than adequate, but it is always a good idea to have something to eat between meals. Energy drinks should also be taken, but pure water must also be consumed.
Cash   Best to take USD cash in small denominations for tips, drinks and gifts.
Cameras Most cameras will work perfectly on Kilimanjaro. Video cameras will also work perfectly. Just remember to protect your camera and to take extra batteries and film for that perfect shot.
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