Trekkers should bring all gear in 1 large, soft duffel bag with no wheels (that weighs less than 33lbs packed) and a small day backpack.
This packing list is an example of what previous trekkers have brought and found useful. Other, more comprehensive resources, can be found elsewhere (see here and here and here). You can even watch a short video of a trekker unpacking his bag and discussing what he found useful here. There is an opportunity to rent some equipment once you are in Tanzania.
- Running or tennis shoes: 1 pair for casual wear on lighter walking days.
- Light hiking boots: boots should be very water repellent.
- Hiking Gaiters (optional): 1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation.
- Wool or Synthetic Socks: 3 pairs of heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer). When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time.
- Liner Socks: (optional) 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin
- Lightweight Long Underwear: 2 pairs, tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
- Light trekking pants
- Bandanas/Buff: bring 2 or more bandanas for face masks and other tasks. A buff is also suitable to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking.
- Synthetic/Soft-Shell jacket: a full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
- Insulated Synthetic Pants (optional): full separating side zippers (This is very important for ventilation. Full side zips also allow pants to be taken off without having to remove boots).
- Insulated Down jacket: medium to heavy weight with hood.
- Hard-Shell jacket w/ hood: we recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
- Hard-Shell Pants: Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots
Fleece/Soft Shell gloves: 1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.
- Shell Gloves w/insulation. 1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient.
- Headlamp (spare bulbs and batteries): A good quality climbers headlamp. For use at night in tents.
- Sun hat: The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well.
- Wool/synthetic ski hat: 1 lightweight.
- Glacier glasses: 100% UV- If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses may not be dark enough to protection from the sun.
Sleeping bag: high-quality, with hood, made for at least zero degrees (fahrenheit) and sleeping pad (most people bring the inflatable kind).
Backpack: a day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000 cu.in. max.
- Ski/Trekking Poles: (optional) (adjustable 3 section)
- Water Bottles: A camelback and 2-3 Nalgene bottles
- Pee Bottle/Pee Funnel for women: (optional)
- Sunscreen: SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.
- Hand/Foot Warmers: optional, but recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet
- Lip-screen: SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months
- Toilet paper (you are responsible for your own) and baby wipes
- Snacks (nuts, protein bars, dried fruit, candy, gatorade powder/nuun tablets, energy chews, whatever you like to eat)
- Large duffle bag w/ travel locks: 1 or 2 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing. If all your gear will fit into one bag then you will need only one. A second small duffel can be nice for storing things during the trek.
- Plug converter for electronics
- Plastic bags (5): For lining stuff sacks & pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.
- Travel clothes: You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and downtime
- Toiletry bag: include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush/paste, Wet wipes and hand sanitizer: 1 large (8oz) and 1 small (2oz) bottles. Small bottle can be refilled from larger bottle.
- $250-300 USD in small bills (tens) for tips (and be sure to call your bank to put a travel notice on your credit/debit cards) and $100 USD for Tanzanian visa
- Personal first aid kit (small and simple):
- Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids, Medications/Prescriptions.
- Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream: excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts.
- Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections.
- Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea.
- Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc.
- Excedrin for headaches.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity
- Bug Spray (not necessary on the mountain)