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"Some Essentials" Kilimanjaro National Park Packing List Tip by hayward68

Kilimanjaro National Park What to Pack: 20 reviews and 17 photos

  Unpacking the vehicle before the trek
by hayward68

Luggage and bags: Do not bring a wheeled bag; a duffel bag or backpack is preferable as the porters will carry them on their head or back of their neck. I used a duffel bag which had hidden backpack straps, needed lots of souvenier room. You'll also want a dayback in which you'll carry your day to day essentials like your water, sunscreen and camera.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots, well broken in. A pair of running shoes to change into once we reached camp.
Wet weather gear; waterproof breathable raincoat/pants. Down mitts are great.
A few base layer shirts, and a couple of long sleeve ones, one was merino wool, keeps you warm even if you're wet. Don't pack cotton t-shirts, go for ones that wick the sweat from your body. I had 2 zip-up fleece jackets, perfect to help you warm up or cool down.
A down coat that packed down small for high altitudes, you'll want to bundle up the higher up you get.
A brimmed hat is useful and also a warm winter hat.
Sunglasses are essential!
Long underwear! Ladies, there is zip crotch long underwear available which means you can keep somewhat covered up, helpful when you're on the trail.
Sock liners which go under your hiking socks, help to reduce possibility of blisters, also meant you didn't have to bring so many bulky hiking socks. Sock liners are thinner and pack into less space.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: High SPF sunscreen, absolutely essential! Even our guide and porters were slathering on sunscreen. Remember to reapply on your nose if you blow your nose using kleenex, I forgot and burned the edges of my nostrils.
If wind and cold makes your nose run, you'll want to pack quite a few packs.
Baby wipes, perfect to keep you clean on the hike, otherwise it's just the bowl of hot water at the end of your hike and beginning of your day.
Toilet paper/wet wipes, there's none provided in the pit toilets and nowhere to wash your hands afterwards. Antiseptic hand cleaner gel is a good thing to bring along as well.
One item I found great for women for when Mother Nature called and you needed to pee was something called Sani-Fem Freshette which basically allows women to pee like men ;-) so helpful when you're stuck on the trail with nowhere to hide or it's too cold to drop your trousers. Also meant that, like the guys, you can use a pee bottle in your tent, no stumbling through the dark to those pit toilets.

Photo Equipment: Pack enough batteries to last your entire hike and enough memory cards for your digital camera, though you might not take as many pics as you think you will, you'll be too busy hiking.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Down sleeping bag, preferably at least a three season one. You want to be warm enough to sleep at those cold camps. A self-inflating air mattress, you really won't have the breath to blow up a mattress once you get to high altitude. Bring one of those pillow sacks that you stuff with your clothes. You can either bring your own hiking poles or rent them in town.

Miscellaneous: Bring at least 2 1 Litre water bottles and insulated bags for them if you have them. The insulated bags will help keep the water from freezing at high altitude. Our porters boiled water for our bottles and that's what we drank, no need for iodine pills which taste nasty. I also brought along a can of powdered gatorade which helped me drink more as I don't tend to drink enough water.
A few power bars or power gels wouldn't hurt.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 29, 2013
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