This post has been a while in the making, sorry for the long delay. I know you've been checking in here daily to see if I've got my poop in a group yet. Well, wait no longer. Here are the highlights and lowlights of my gear choices on Kilimanjaro. You can see my packing efforts here and here. In general, I was pretty on-target with the stuff I brought. A little overpacked, but not horribly so.
|Boots at all times while hiking!!|
|Love me some Z-Poles!|
|Hat, hat, hat, headlamp!|
|Behold, the nuun.|
SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT TIME
There were only a few things that I regretted not bringing: listerine strips and a mesh bag in place of one of my dry bags. Obviously, both of these items are comfort items and not required. There were a few times in the tent where I couldn't be bothered to go outside and brush my teeth again, but a listerine strip would have made my mouth happier. I would have used the mesh bag to corral my smelly clothes inside of the duffel, instead of the non-breathable drybag they were in.
I also brought too much hand sanitizer and wipes. I only used 2/3 of a small (100 mL) bottle of hand sanitizer, and I was sharing A LOT. I had a larger back-up bottle in my duffel that I didn't even open. So 100 mL per person is plenty. I also didn't use the hand wipes that I brought. I only used 1 body wipe per day and I brought enough for 2 per day. So I could have cut a nice chunk of weight there since both of these items are heavy (because they contain water).
I think the biggest suggestion I can give about packing is DON'T OVERPACK. And as a corollary...don't pack super nice stuff. Tourists are the minority on the mountain, most of the people you will see are the porters who are carrying all of your crap uphill. So first it is important to not bring volumes of stuff because at some point your porters will be passing you on the trail, with your bags on their heads or backs, and you will feel like a fat-n-lazy westerner for bringing so much stuff. So just don't do it. Corollar-ily, all of the guides and porters wear/use pretty basic clothes and gear. And they are on the mountain a lot more than you. So don't stress about Gore-Tex this and carbon-that. There is no need to go buy brand-new gear just for this trip (unless you legitimately plan to continue using it when you get back). You can and will make do with what you have. Pin It