Kilimanjaro Climbing Packing List Guide for Women

Preparing for a trek to the highest point in Africa is a detailed process. After choosing a reliable trekking company in Tanzania, paying deposits, booking flights, getting vaccinations, and training, packing might seem like a minor task. While Smile With Us Tours in Africa will provide a comprehensive list regardless of gender, there are additional items that women may find useful. Remember, lighter is better—for both you and your porters. No one wants to be the person with the super heavy pack!


No matter which Kilimanjaro Climbing route you take or how many days you spend on Kilimanjaro, reaching Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro will be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life.


Recommended Extra Items for Women

  1. Dark Fingernail Polish: This might seem unnecessary, but many women find it essential. Despite your best efforts, dirt will accumulate under your nails. A few coats of dark polish can keep your nails from looking filthy by day three.
  2. Panty Liners: Help minimize the need for toilet paper, reducing waste left on the mountain. You’ll be urinating frequently due to increased water intake and Diamox. Panty liners can keep you feeling fresh without leaving behind TP. Replace the liner at the end of the day and dispose of it properly.
  3. Something Sentimental: By the time you reach Uhuru Peak, you’ll be physically exhausted and possibly emotional. Bringing something sentimental to photograph or share a moment with at the top can make the experience even more memorable.
  4. Gifts for Your Porters: The group of 20-25 men who assist you will become invaluable. They carry your bags, filter your water, set up tents, and cheer you on. A small gift can be a heartfelt way to say “thank you.”


Main Packing List

General Rule: Avoid cotton. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics for all clothing and undergarments.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Packing List Guide for Women


  • 4 pairs of underwear (depending on the number of days)
  • 1 snow jacket with hood
  • 2 pairs of pants (at least one pair that converts to shorts)
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 lightweight jacket (fleece pullover or similar)
  • 1 waterproof jacket (shell)
  • 4 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 Buff
  • 1 pair of light gloves (for most mornings)
  • 1 pair of serious snow gloves (for summit night)
  • 2 pairs of long underwear bottoms (for sleeping and summit night)
  • 2 sports bras
  • 1 hat with a brim
  • 1 warm head beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof pants (for summit night, to protect against wind)



  • Slip-on shoes with grip (useful for late-night bathroom trips)
  • Hiking boots



  • Daypack (Approx. 20L) (with space for a Camelbak bladder; for carrying camera, water, rain gear, sunscreen, snacks, etc.)
  • 40-60L backpack or duffel bag (for personal items, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat)
  • Stuff sacks for clothing (for organized packing/unpacking)
  • Water bottle (Nalgene or similar)
  • Camelbak bladder (at least 3 liters)
  • Sleeping bag rated to 10 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters (highly recommended)
  • Headlamp (plus extra batteries)
  • Large rain poncho (to cover you and your daypack in case of rain)

Medical Supplies:

  • Diamox (for altitude sickness prevention)
  • Cipro and anti-diarrhea medication (just in case)
  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol (for mild altitude sickness)
  • Birth control and/or tampons (for long-term travel)



  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Face tissues
  • Unscented, biodegradable wet wipes
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
  • Solid deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Face wash bar
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Extra hair ties
  • Hand/feet/body warmers
  • Large and small bandages and moleskin (for blisters, cuts, scrapes)
  • Antibiotic ointment



  • Camera and extra battery
  • iPod for summit night
  • Kindle or book (for downtime)
  • Optional: Solar-powered device charger

Kilimanjaro Climbing Packing List Guide for Women


  • Small, quick-drying hand towel (for washing your face)
  • Snacks (almond butter packets, candy, etc.)
  • Ziploc bags (for trash and dirty laundry)
  • Journal
  • Small detergent packets (for washing underwear and socks)
  • Clothespins (for hanging wet laundry)
  • $250-$300 in USD (for tipping guides, chefs, and porters)


Items You Can Rent:

  • Snow jacket and sleeping bag (though bringing your own is recommended for comfort and reliability)

Items You Don’t Need:

  • Shampoo and conditioner (you won’t use them)

Additional Tips:

  • If you get cold at night, use your heavy jacket as an extra blanket on top of your sleeping bag instead of wearing it.
  • Practice replacing your headlamp batteries before summit night.
  • Create a “Summit Night” iPod playlist that’s at least 8 hours long.
  • Time your trek to summit near a full moon for better visibility.

This guide prepared by Smile With Us Tours in Africa ensures that you have everything needed for a successful and comfortable trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. Safe travels and enjoy the adventure!