Packing List for Tanzania: Kilimanjaro, Safari and Zanzibar

In 2015, I went to Tanzania and over the course of 16 days I climbed Kilimanjaro, went on a safari in the Serengeti, and swam in Zanzibar. I packed everything I needed in a backpack and small duffle bag, both of which came on the plane with me. I opted not to bring many tops for the climb, as we wouldn’t have access to a shower anyway. However, you can rent additional clothes and gear in Tanzania and I know for certain that there is a rental shop at the beginning of the Marangu Route.

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Clothes

  • Tech T-Shirt
  • Trekking Pants
  • Fleece Top
  • Lightweight Down Jacket¬†
  • Rain Gear
  • Thermal Under Layer – Summit day is extremely cold
  • 2 Pairs Wool Socks
  • Knit Hat
  • Buff – I love my Turtle Fur
  • Gloves
  • Undergarments
  • 2 Pants
  • 2 Shorts
  • 7 Tops – Guides suggest keeping your safari wardrobe neutral to blend in with your surroundings
  • Hiking Boots/Trainers
  • Cute Sandals/Sneakers
  • Camp/Shower Sandals
  • Sleepwear

Gear

  • Backpack – I used a 38L Gregory Jade
  • Duffel Bag – I have a REI Roadtripper that fits on a plane or folds up into a small zipper pouch, perfect for trips that I want to bring an extra bag for souvenirs
  • Dry Bag – I like to keep everything in my backpack in a Sea to Summit Dry Bag
  • Compass/Whistle – for emergencies
  • Headlamp
  • Extra Batteries
  • 2 1L Water Bottles
  • Hydration Bladder – I prefer Platypus
  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Pack Towel – My favorite brand is PackTowl
  • Trekking Poles – I don’t actually use trekking poles, but I know plenty of people who swear by them

Clothes

  • Toilet Paper
  • Baby Wipes
  • Feminine Products
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Toenail Clippers
  • Prescriptions
  • Anti Diarrheal
  • Anti Nauseant
  • Advil/Ibuprofen
  • Diamox
  • Small First Aid Kit – a basic bandaid and neosporin situation
  • Vaseline
  • No Rinse Body Wash
  • Purrell
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner
  • Razor

Clothes

  • Passport
  • Vaccinations – Check the CDC website for required and recommended vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa – US Citizens are required to obtain a Visa to enter Tanzania. I paid $100 cash for mine at the airport, but you can apply online if you prefer
  • Money – I did not notice an ATM in Marangu, so I suggest bringing cash to exchange
  • Plug Adapter/Power Converter
  • Camera/Charger
  • Extra Batteries
  • 2 Memory Cards
  • Kindle/Books
  • Journal and pen
  • Snacks

Click here for a printable Tanzania Packing List!

Good luck on your trip, it’s going to be incredible!

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