• 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer – I recommend Smartwool or Icebreaker – Men’s and Women’s.
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts – Men’s and Women’s
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers – Men’s and Women’s
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket – Men’s and Women’s (I like the Helly Hansen or The North Face fleeces)
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket – Men’s and Women’s (Columbia do a cheap and cheerful option, otherwise go for Marmot, The North Face or Arc’teryx.
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants – basically hiking pants with a fleece inner.
  • 1 Wind Shell Jacket – Men’s and Women’s
  • If your wind shell jacket isn’t waterproof then get a lightweight rain jacket instead – Men’s and Women’s


  • Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover – Men’s and Women’s
  • Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Bandana or Neck Gaiter – Tough Outfitters make some good fleeced options.
  • Headlamp – Petzl Tikka is a great option.
  • Sunglasses – I recommend Julbo

Hands and Walking

  • Lightweight Inner Gloves – Men’s and Women’s
  • Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts – Men’s and Women’s (I recommend Eiger, Black Diamond, Outdoor Research or The North Face)
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles – here are some good options (I recommend Leki, Black Diamond Alpine or in the UK – TYTN) 


  • Mid-weight hiking boots – Men’s and Women’s (I recommend Salomon, Merrell, Columbia, or Keen)
  • 4-5 Pairs of trekking socks – Men’s or Women’s (I recommend SmartWool or Darn Tough)
  • 1 Pair of warm/thick trekking socks – Smartwool is best!

Bags and Daypack

  • 80-90L Waterproof duffle bag – Helly Hansen or TYTN
  • 20-30L Daypack – Osprey Talon 22
  • Daypack rain cover
  • Travel bag organizers (optional)

Sleeping Accessories

  • 4-Season sleeping bag – see good options (I like the Marmot Trestles or Hyke & Byke)
  • Insulated sleeping mat- see good options (I recommend the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir)
  • Inflatable pillow (optional)


  • Camera
  • GoPro (optional)
  • Solar Backpack Charger (optional)
  • Spare Batteries and Camera Memory Card
  • Kindle with Back Light (optional)

General Accessories

  • Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder – (I recommend  the Camelbak Eddy Bottle or the Platypus Hydration Bladder
  • Water Purification Tablets –
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sweat Resistant Suncream
  • Blister Plasters
  • Insect Repellant
  • General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Pee Bottle (optional)

Other Bits and Bobs

  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Drink Supplement
  • Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money, etc.)
  • Trekking Towel
  • Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper
  • Passport, Visa, Insurance, Yellow Fever Card (if applicable)
  • Small Lock for your Duffle Bag

Can I rent Kilimanjaro gear in Tanzania?

Yes, you can rent equipment for Kilimanjaro from tour operators or from local gear shops in Moshi and Arusha. The quality and variety of this gear can vary dramatically. At a minimum, you should bring your own layered clothings (including base layers and an insulated hiking jacket), worn-in hiking boots, warm gloves and a beanie, and a water bottle. You can hire hiking poles and a sleeping bag, so if you don’t have these items and you don’t want to purchase them, then hiring is a good option.

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