Packing for your climb can be complicated. Plan ahead effectively with the following tips:
GENERAL KILIMANJARO PACKING TIPS:
- A 33 lb per bag weight limit is strictly enforced on the mountain.*
- One soft-sided duffle and one daypack is allowed per trekker.
- Pack multiple sizes of disposable zip-top bags for dirty clothes, waterproofing, and packing out waste on the trail.
- Plan to experience temperatures ranging from 0°-90°F; do not underestimate the conditions on Kilimanjaro.
- Bring a full-body shell layer for wet conditions and trash bags and/or stuff sacks to waterproof your bags.
PACKING YOUR CARRY-ON:
- Everything you’ll need on day one of your hike should be in your carry-on luggage or on your person when you travel.
- Your daypack should serve as your carry-on bag.
- Wear your hiking boots and a base layer on the plane.
- Make sure undergarments, one full clothing layer, rain gear, water bottles, sunscreen, and any medications you need are in your carry-on; if your luggage is delayed, you’ll still be able to start your trek.
PACKING YOUR LUGGAGE:
- Weigh all the items on your packing list separately before packing your duffel.
- Don’t include the weight of items you’ll use daily or carry in your daypack (such as hiking boots and trekking poles) when planning for the weight limit associated with your trek.
- Don’t waste weight on non-essentials: cell reception may not exist, and there are no outlets on Kilimanjaro to charge electronics.
- Line the interior of your duffel with a heavyweight garbage bag to waterproof the contents.
*26 lb on the Machame Route