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Kilimanjaro Kit Essentials

So if you’re planning to summit attempt  Africa’s highest mountain for your next adventure then here’s a brief top to toe outline of kit essentials:

  • HEAD : Woolly hat and a sunhat with brim or a cap
  • EYES : Sunglasses with UV protection
  • NECK : Buff (a piece of material that can be worn 100 different ways!) or a cotton scarf to cover the back of your neck
  • BODY :  Base layers - ideal to wear alone or under garments when the temperature drops. Great at keeping moisture away from the skin. Fleece – once the temperature drops an extra layer always helps. Waterproof - for those potential downpours. Down jacket - this becomes your best friend to and from the summit....brrrr  
  • HANDS : Gloves - don’t forget about those extremities
  • LEGS    : Lightweight trekking trousers; often useful to have trousers with zip-off legs that  can convert into a pair of shorts
  • FEET    :  Socks - these can make or break the comfort of your boot. Wool fabric which is padded in the right places will see you right. Cotton tends to absorb sweat making your feet blister-prone. Trekking boots - leather or waterproof fabric; make sure these are fitted correctly and  broken in well before your trip. There’s nothing worse than painful blisters all over your feet whilst trying to summit Mount Kilimanjaro
  • SLEEP : Sleeping bag - we suggest a season 4/4+ bag with a comfort level of -10°C. A silk liner will also aid warmth
  • SEE     : Head torches are very necessary if you don’t want to trip over your neighbours tent at night
  • DRINK  : Keeping hydrated is essential for your physical welfare. Sigg bottles or Camelbaks are great water accessories

On signing up to our Mount Kilimanjaro open challenge we will provide you with a full kit list . We also offer discounts at Cotswold Outdoor and Ellis Brigham where you can purchase and receive sound advice on all your kit requirements. Happy shopping!

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