Packing for a trip can cause even the calmest person anxiety. It’s almost a fine art, knowing exactly what you need to be as comfortable as possible, without over-packing and wasting space and weight. When you prepare for a more technical trip (as compared to a general holiday) it poses an even greater challenge. Yes, even for something like a high altitude trek there are ‘nice-to-haves’, but there are of course some very important necessities, and you would be kicking yourself if you forgot to pack these.
Keep reading for what I’ll be packing for my 9 day Northern circuit trek up Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which will be followed by a 5 day safari. Tara’s list is essentially the same since we doubled up when purchasing, besides the obvious male/female items, and a few different choices in tops and bottoms.
A lot of this stuff I acquired for my Everest Base Camp trek back in January, but I’ve made some additions and upgrades since. Both Tara and I were able to get a lot of our gear (all quite heavily discounted, and some given as bonus gifts) while Tara was based over in the US for a few months for work.
We love to support our local businesses and we often buy and rent from them, so we managed to get the rest of what we needed locally here in Melbourne. If there is one store which I’ve found to be absolutely fantastic in knowledge, transparency and follow up service, is a shop in Box Hill called The Wilderness Shop. Check them out! There’s often sales to be had at Paddy Pallin so don’t forget to include them when shopping for your gear.
- Osprey Stratos 26 daypack
- 2x Nalgene water bottles
- The North Face 90 litre Duffel
- Cheap waterproof bag liners off eBay. Better than rubbish bags I’ve found.
- Smartwool Phd Medium and Thick socks. I’ve tried a couple of other brands of socks. None came close to the comfort, durability and performance of these
- Asolo Fugitive GTX boots
- Spare pair of runners to change into while at camp
- Prana Zion pants
- Patagonia Alpine Guide Pants
- Exofficio underwear. Perfect for travel. I can just wash these in a sink and they’re ready to go in a few hours
- Icebreaker 200 top and bottom
- Icebreaker 150 T-shirt
- Nike quick dry T-shirt
- One pair of shorts
- Spare boot laces. You can use para cord as an alternative.
- Wrist watch
- Patagonia Capilene 3 top and bottom. Can be found for half price when on sale
- Patagonia R1 hoody
- Marmot Minimalist jacket and pants
- Marmot Super Gravity jacket
- Marmot Spring gloves
- Icebreaker 200 glove liner
- Fleece pants
- Balaclava (just in case)
- LoweAlpine mitts with liner (was given these as a replacement to a cheap one off pair of Outdoor Design mitts that fell apart during my last trek)
- Black Diamond Ultra Mountain trekking poles
- Black Diamond Storm headlamp
- Sea to Summit Reactor fleece liner
- Montbell Alpine light parka
- Thick beanie, plus a thinner one
- Full brimmed hat
- Mini pocket knife and whistle
- Glasses (I wear prescription sunglasses and specs)
- Photography equipment (I’m going to write up a post on what I’ll be taking)
- Thermarest Neoair All Season mattress. Direct from the US on sale. Found it’s pretty pricey here locally
- Exped Air Pillow. Happy with this since I got it as a bonus item
- We are going to rent a sleeping bag. Can’t justify buying one at this point.
- Toothbrush and floss
- Moisturising lotion
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Wet wipes
- Body Glide
- Nail clippers
- Adventure Medical Kits 0.5 (kept in daypack)
- Lip balm
- Hand sanitiser
- General antibiotic
- Malaria tablets
- Throat lozenges
- Coloxyl and Senna
- Water purifying tablets
- Cold and flu medication
- Decongestant spray
- Eye Drops (dry eyes)
- Nose Oil (dry nose)
- Visa (obtained while at JRO airport)
- Yellow fever certificate
- iPhone for music
- A couple of spare garbage bags
- Spare batteries for headlamp
Our duffel bags cannot weigh any more than 15kg which I’m pretty confident we will be under. This is to ensure the porters aren’t overburdened with unnecessary gear while helping us reach the summit. Thank goodness, otherwise I think we would both be tempted to take a lot more than we really need.
If you have any questions regarding any of these products, or have any suggestions please leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you.
Note: I have absolutely no affiliation with any of these brands or businesses I’ve mentioned above. These are just my personal recommendations which I’ve made from my own experience and research.