Kilimanjaro Packing List

Mount Kilimanjaro packing list is the guideline of all gears that you need to pack for your Kilimanjaro Trekking. We have stores in Arusha where you can hire some items but please let us know in advance. This recommended packing list can make your shopping and packing easier if you print it out & tick at the box once you pack a specific item.

The packing list

Head gears

□    Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover

□    Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband

□    Buff or Neck Gaiter

□    Headlamp

□    Sunglasses

Hands and Walking

□    Lightweight Inner Gloves

□    Warm Outer Gloves / Mittens

□    Adjustable Trekking Poles


□    Mid-weight Hiking Boots

□    Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals

□    4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks

□    1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks


□    4-5 Pairs of Underwear

□    Top and Bottom Base Layer

□    3-4 Short Sleeve & 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts

□    1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers

□    1 Fleece Jacket

□    1 Insulated Trekking Pants

□    1 Insulated Winter Jacket

□    1 Hard Shell Jacket

□    Lightweight Rain gear

Bags and Day pack

□    80-90 L Waterproof Duffle Bag

□    30-45 L Day pack

□    Day pack Rain cover

□    Travel Bag Organizers (Optional)

Sleeping Accessories

□    4-Season Sleeping Bag

□    Insulated Sleeping Mat (For Marangu route you don’t need this)

□    Inflatable Pillow (optional)

General Accessories

□    Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder

□    Water Purification Tablets

□    Baby Wipes

□    Sweat Resistant Sun cream

□    Blister Platters

□    Insect Repellent

□    General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium, Diamox)


□    Camera

□    Action Cam (optional)

□    Spare Batteries and Memory Cards

□    Solar Backpack Charger (optional)


□    Energy Bars

□    Energy Drink Supplement

□    Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money etc.)

□    Trekking Towel

□    Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper

□     Visa & Passport, Insurance, Vaccination Card (if applicable)

□    Lock for your Duffel Bag

 Tanzania Visa information

Tanzania visa is required for travelers who are not East African residents, the procedures are quite simple.


If flying direct to Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) you can purchase a Tanzania visa at the kiosk on the right-hand side of the arrival’s foyer. However, visa should be applied in advance as Tanzania high commission deserve the right of deny you a visa upon arrival. In case of flying into Nairobi you will need to arrange a shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha, Impala shuttle or Riverside shuttle are the best at the moment. Still you can fly from Nairobi to JRO in one hour.

If taking a shuttle to Arusha, Tanzania visa can be purchased at Namanga border which you are required to cross on your way to Arusha.

We advise to apply & purchase Tanzania visa at Tanzanian Embassy in your country before traveling to Tanzania, this will avoid some inconveniences of queuing at the airport for visa.

Visa costs

Holders of American & Irish passport are required to pay $100 in cash for Tanzania visa, British passport and others the cost is $50 to be paid in cash, same cost applied at the border. Please note that visa applications can be made within three months of the date of travel at Tanzanian embassy in your country. Office hours are Monday to Friday: 10:00–12:30.

Mount Kilimanjaro packing list