Kit list for Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya & Mt Meru

Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and Mt Meru all require similar kit for non technical climbs (treks), which covers the vast majority of our adventures. If you are undertaking a technical ascent of Mt Kenya's Batian peak or Kilimanjaro's Western Breach then please contact us for additional kit requirements. The only difference in normal route kit lists amongst the three peaks is the number of days with Mt Meru being 4 days, Mt Kenya 5 or 6 and Kilimanjaro being 7 to 9 days, so you just need to compensate for the number of days you are on expedition. Additionally a sleeping mat is provided for you on our Tanzanian climbs but you're required to bring your own for camping treks on Mt Kenya.

Below you will find a summary of the kit required and by clicking here you can download our in-depth kit and check list to help you prepare for your climb.

Clothing and kit preparation is an important part of your adventure and poor kit can not only ruin your trip, but also be dangerous. However that doesn't mean that you need to go out and spend a fortune on the latest high end kit! Most hill walkers or trekkers will already own everything needed for a climb in East Africa. If at any time you have any questions or would like to chat about your kit, please don't hesitate to call or email us.

Kit Overview for Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and Mt Meru

  • Strong, waterproof duffel bag or rucksack for your main gear
  • Waterproof day sack of about 30 -40 litres for carrying your daily needs
  • Sleeping bag rated down to -10° Celsius or more if you get cold easily (you can hire this from us)
  • Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, and a sole that does not bend too easily. Gore-Tex lined fabric boots are fine but not quite as warm as leather. Gaiters are advised also.
  • Waterproof windbreaker and trousers, preferably breathable, with a hood and big enough to accommodate several layers beneath
  • Middle layer fleece (used as outer layer lower down and mid layer higher up)
  • Warm down or synthetic jacket or a heavy duty fleece for warmth especially on summit night
  • Thermal underwear or long johns for summit night
  • Balaclava or insulated warm hat, insulated gloves or mittens and thermal inner gloves
  • Sun hat, sun lotion, SPF lip screen and sunglasses
  • Trekking clothes - trousers and shorts, shirts and T-shirts, jumper or midlayer fleece, underwear and several pairs of hiking socks, trainers or sandals
  • Water bottle and/or camelback (take a protective cover for the mouthpiece) and water purification tablets (optional, iodine-based is fine)
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Trekking poles (especially useful for coming down from the summit)
  • Personal wash kit include a nail brush, moisturising cream, a small towel, tweezers, soap, nail clippers and wet wipes
  • Variety of waterproof bags - for dirty clothes, sleeping bag and things to keep dry
  • Personal first aid includes aspirin, Nurofen, plasters, Germolene, Immodium, strepsils and prescription medicines for possible gastric problems
  • Passport, insurance papers, spending money, air tickets, 2 pin (round) plug adaptor, spare batteries for digital cameras, reading books and maps, diary, pen

In-depth Kit and check list for Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and Mt Meru

Rental Items 

You can rent sleeping bags directly from us and add them when booking, or by logging into your account at a later date. It's also possible to hire other equipment in Moshi (Tanzania) or Naro Moru (Kenya) directly from our staff such as walking poles, torches or anything that you may have forgotten. 

If you’re based in the UK or Ireland you can also hire equipment from The Outdoor Equipment hire company who offer our clients a discount. Or if buying gear in the UK/Ireland Cotswold Outdoors gives our clients a discount using the code AF-AALT-C8.

Further help

If you look at the 'More Information' pages, which are found on the lower right hand side of all trip pages, you'll find other links to helpful subjects such as Trekking Boot Guide or Sleeping Bag Guide.

Additionally we have a number of Useful Blogs, again listed on the right hand side of the trip pages such as What to Wear on Kilimanjaro, Toilets on Kilimanjaro or  Top 5 routes on Mt Kenya.