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Camp Gear - Trekili Eco Expeditions

Services and Camp Gear

Gear Packing List

In our experience the most common mistake that trekkers make it to pack way to much camp gear. You need to be ruthless and really stick to your essential gear list. Packing too much gear makes it a burden for you to transport and can be expensive in excess baggage fees. If you don’t want to own or carry lots of gear around then we offer a comprehensive range of the best quality mountain clothing and accessories for rental. See our equipment rental page for our complete listing.

At Trekili Eco Expeditions, we recommend that you dress in layers. Days on the mountain can be sunny and pleasant, but it often clouds over and gets very cold in the afternoons. Nights at the higher elevations will be near freezing or lower. The final stages of the ascent will be extremely cold, especially if there is wind. Weather can vary greatly through the day and dramatic changes occur anytime. You should be prepared for all weather conditions, and it is very important to have the proper clothing. Polypropylene is an effective lightweight under layer and works better than either wool or cotton. Avoid wearing cotton next to the skin as it does not retain heat very well and when it is wet (from perspiration) it will draw warmth from your body. Layering yourself in polypropylene, pile, down, and a rainproof shell works best.

Your Essential Documents

Make copies of critical documents including your passport front pages, Tanzanian visa, airline tickets/schedule, yellow fever inoculation and travelers cheque numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage

  • Visa
  • Airline tickets, $USD Cash, travelers cheques, credit cards
  • Medical Evacuation/rescue insurance
  • Trip and cancellation insurance
  • Yellow Fever vaccination record
  • Camera-check temperature ratings, batteries to be kept stored warmly as they will degrade quickly in the extreme cold. Recommend keep batteries with you in a warm bag and then in your sleeping bag.

Your Essential Documents

Your Feet

  • Thin liner socks: Two pairs for under thick socks, to wick away moisture and to reduce blisters.
  • Thick Socks: six pair of heavy wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth and comfort with trekking boots.
  • Hiking Boots: One pair medium weight hiking boots, well broken in. We recommend Goretex boots with good ankle support. Vibram soles are the standard for trekking boots
  • Gaiters: One pair of either high or low gaiters made of breath­able material to keep scree, mud, dirt and snow out of your boots.
  • Sandals or running shoes: These are to wear in camp after a day of hiking.
Your Feet

Your Lower Body

  • Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking in good weather at lower elevations on Kilimanjaro
  • Long thermal Bottoms: One pair. Wool or synthetic. Keeps your legs warm when the temperature drops.
  • Wool, Bunting or Pile Pants: One pair that fit loosely and are comfortable. These are essential to be worn over the long john bottoms.
  • Rain Pants: Gortex or waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed” to prevent ingress of water.
  • Wind Pants: (optional if you have Gortex rain pants.) One pair. These are used often on the mountain for protection against wind. They should be breathable material and roomy enough to fit comfortably over wool or pile pants.
  • Tights: Lycra or polypropylene are comfortable to hike in, provide good warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn.
  • Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the trek. ExOfficio market a quality brand that dries fast.
Your Lower Body

Your Upper Body

  • Upper Body Layers: Cotton is to be avoided! For climbing Kilimanjaro we recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of wool, synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and offer very good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt.
  • T-Shirts: Two T-shirts, that you don’t mind getting dirty while on the mountain. Synthetic is best.
  • Hooded waterproof jacket: Afternoon showers are common on Kilimanjaro. Hooded good quality, waterproof and breathable Gortex that has been “seam sealed” to prevent ingress of water.
  • Wind Shirt: (optional if you have Gortex rain gear) A nylon wind shell (not waterproof), roomy enough to fit comfortably over all upper body layers. Gortex is good for both this wind shirt and for the rain coat.
  • Poncho: (Optional) Quick and handy protection for your body and rucksack. Poor protection however in wind driven rain.
  • Gloves or Mittens: Warm, moisture-wicking thermal jersey fleece with high-loft pile. We suggest layering your gloves, lighter material gloves for mild cold and hand protection against sunburn, supplemented with a thicker glove or mitt for higher altitude and summit days offers superb warmth for your hands. We recommend Outdoor Research Gloves.
Your Upper Body

Your Head and Face

  • Pile or Wool hat: Balaclava type that covers the ears is recommended.
  • Shade Hat: Legionnaires and Visor hats with good brims are essential for protection from the equatorial sun.
  • Sunglasses: Essential for eye protection at altitude where UV exposure is very high. Recommend optical category 1, guaranteeing 100% protection against UVA, B and C rays. Julbo glasses are the best quality and also available in prescription lenses.
  • Sunscreen: Complete sun block with a SPF protection factor of 30 or more. Cover all exposed skin to avoid sunburn.
  • Lip Balm: With SPF rating of 15 or more. Your lips will become very dry so liberal and regular application of balm is advised.
  • Bandanas: Tied around neck they offer great sun protection.
Your Head and Face

Your Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, one-litre wide-mouthed plastic bottles at least. Nalgene. (Camelbacks are not recommended as their hoses and spouts freeze, crack, and leak at high altitudes)
  • Water Treatment: We provide filtered water using Katadyn Expedition filters. We also have iodine tablets for emergencies. No need to bring either.• Water Flavouring: Gatoraid or your favourite mixes as they are not readily available in Tanzania. These help make bland water more palatable.
Your Hydration

Your Gear Daypack

  • Frameless Climbing daypack (15 – 20 cu. liters) that you will carry the items you want during the climbing day (extra clothing layers, rain gear, water bottles, snacks, camera, etc.). Your daypack should hang from both shoulders and have a waist belt. Daypacks have side pouches are great for storing water bottles. Climbing packs are superior to ordinary backpacks as they are designed for comfortable weight distribution for a long day of hiking.
  • Pack Cover: Can be a commercial pack cover or as simple as a plastic bag as long as its waterproof when hiking in the rain. Alternatively a large plastic bag can be used to line the inside of your daypack and Ziploc bags to protect important items.
  • Plastic Bags: Several and very useful for double bag your sleeping bag and clothes on the mountain should we encounter rain.
Your Gear Daypack

Your Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag and Stuff Sac: On the mountain temperatures can get down to minus 20 Celcius at night so a suitably rated 4 season bag is important. We recommend synthetic bags, such as polarguard, hollofil, or qualofill, 
over down because they dry 4 times as fast. To protect your bag from dust or rain you should pack it into a standard stuff sack lined with a plastic garbage bag
  • Sleeping bag liner: For added warmth
  • Sleeping pad: We provide Thermarest Basecamp sleeping mats, however should you wish to supplement this, inflatable Therma-Rest is recommended.
Your Sleeping

Your Personal Health and Comfort

  • Ear plugs for noisy tent companions
  • Towel: Small microfibre towel, lightweight and quick-drying.
  • Baby wipes/Towelettes: Such as “Handi Wipes” for general hygiene.
  • Hand Sanitizer:
  • Toilet paper: Soft/gentle variety for emergencies
  • Toiletries: Bring enough for entire trip. Keep simple and light. Few toiletries are available in Tanzania. Bring enough for all your needs.
  • Spare Glasses: Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
  • Flashlight and/or Headlamp: Good quality LED for around camp and summit day. Ensure you have spare rechargeable batteries. Keep wrapped and warm to avoid degradation! Nighttime in your sleeping bag.
  • Pocket Knife: Simple Swiss Army type with scissors.
  • Trekking Treats: Energy bars, favorite snacks and comfort food. Recommended as an essential accessory by all trekkers as altitude is gained and food less palatable.
  • Hot Drink Mixes: If you prefer non-caffeinated drinks and herbal teas you will need to bring you own as they are not readily available.
Your Personal Health and Comfort

Your Personal First Aid Items

  • Carry any essential medicines onto the plane in the event of lost luggage
  • Mosquito repellent: required for lowland regions e.g., Moshi/Arusha.
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, or panadol/tylenol for mild aches, pain, headache, or fever. Ibuprofen is also an anti‐inflammatory.
  • Moleskin, Second Skin blister pads, moleskin and Bodyglide lubricant are effective against blisters.
  • Bandaids for cuts and scrapes
  • Immodium to close your bowels, decrease diarrhea and cramping
  • Moisturizing cream for the dry mountain air. Thick gel for your nasal cavities is important and and often overlooked. Lucas pawpaw cream recommended in Australia.
  • Antibiotics: speak with your health practitioner for recommendations
Your Personal First Aid Items

Your Optional Items

Please note that on the mountain you will have no access to electricity for shavers, hair dryers, etc. We do however carry thin film solar panels for charging smaller items like mobile phones, ipod etc..

  • Electricity adaptor to power your personal equipment at the hotel. Tanzania uses three pin square plugs.
  • Trekking poles- These should be telescopic/collapsible for ease of packing and transporting
  • Urine bottle (for use at night in your tent)
  • Thin rope and clothes pins or safety pins for a clothesline and other jobs
  • Money belt/neck pouch
  • Small mirror
  • Spare insoles (fitted to your boots)
  • Neck gaiter (scarf)
  • Binoculars
  • Reading material (paperbacks only, please!) Electronic readers
  • Tablet, ipad for recording your daily journal and use as your alarm clock
Your Optional Items

Equipment Rental

If you don’t want to own or carry lots of gear around then we offer a comprehensive range of the best quality mountain clothing and accessories for rental. See our equipment rental page for our complete listing.

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