If you are planning a climbing adventure up Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you are going to need specific technical clothing. The following, therefore, is a list of items you must carry with you. A Waterproof Jacket is essential. No doubt about that. It can get rather wet and moist up there; and your jacket must be breathable and with hood. You’ll also require an insulated jacket, synthetic or down; a soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell. You musn’t forget a long Sleeve Shirt, that’s light-weight, and with moisture-wicking fabric. A short sleeve shirt also comes in handy, and you’ll want one that’s light-weight, and with moisture-wicking fabric.
Moving down to the pants department, here’s what you’ll need to carry with you: Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper recommended); Hiking Pants, Fleece Pants, Shorts (optional), Long Underwear with moisture-wicking fabric, normal Underwear with moisture-wicking fabric recommended; 2 Sport Bras (women), Headwear, Brimmed Hat for sun protection; a Knit Hat for warmth, and a Balaclava or Buff for face coverage (optional).
Handwear is essential on this trip, also. So here’s a list of stuff you need to carry with you. A pair of Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended); and thin Gloves. Your footwear must include Hiking Boots that are warm, waterproof, and broken-in; a pair of Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional), 3 pairs of Socks—wool or synthetic; 1 Gaiters—waterproof (optional).
Your list of accessories would include Sunglasses or Goggles; Backpack Cover—waterproof (optional); Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.); a Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters); a Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional); a Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended); Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags in various sizes to keep gear dry and separate.
Your Equipment list will need to include a Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons; a pair of Trekking Poles, collapsible (highly recommended); Head lamp, with extra batteries; a Duffel bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment; and a Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear. Please note that this particular item can also be rented on location.
And to conclude this list of items to carry on your Mount Kilimanjaro climb: Toiletries, Prescriptions, Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Insect Repellent containing DEET, First Aid Kit, Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper,
Wet Wipes (recommended), Snacks—light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional); Electrolytes powder or tablets (optional), Camera with extra batteries (optional), Paperwork, Trip Receipt, Passport, Visa (available at JRO), Immunization Papers, Insurance Documents.
Just to help you locate these items, we can recommend a couple of online stores: backcountry.com, moosejaw.com and usoutdoor.com for all of your gear needs.
About the Author: Anthony J. Namata is a creative travel writer who blogs at Blockbuster-Articles.com, and writes exclusively for tour operators on safari destination Tanzania. For more information on booking a Kilimanjaro climb in Tanzania, visit: www.travelpartners.co.tz