Packing a complete set of essentials for mountain climbing, especially if you are headed towards the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, is the smartest thing you can do. Packing all the essentials will ensure a safe and fun experience. Here are some of the things you must include in your pack:
Modern Navigation Tools
There is no doubt that modern technology has transformed the entire process of navigation. Climbing the inactive volcano of Tanzania, you could use proper equipment to navigate. Such navigating tools are mentioned below:
- A map
- An altimeter
- A compass,
- A GPS device
- A PLB (personal locator beacon)
It is extremely important for mountaineers to carry these navigation tools in their backpack, especially if they are planning to climb in the wilderness of the highest mountain of Africa. They should now how to use these navigation tools correctly as these tools play a vital role in finding various locations in the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Such navigators can also be used to get help in case of an emergency.
Using an LED Headlamp
For mountain climbers, LED headlamps can be of great value as it offers the flexibility to perform any task without carrying a flashlight. With three dormant volcanoes,
Mt. Kilimanjaro has various climbing routes. That makes carrying a Headlamp a must. Even if you are planning to climb during the daytime, it is advisable to carry a headlamp along with your regular flashlight in your backpack.
A headlamp usually consists of an LED bulb that gives more brightness than a conventional incandescent bulb. It is also more durable and convenient to use. Make sure to carry extra headlamp batteries in your backpack as well. If your headlamp is rechargeable, then make sure to charge it beforehand.
Protection Against Excessive Heat
Due to its massive height, the weather of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be quite unpredictable. It is extremely important for mountain climbers to protect themselves against harsh UV rays and sunlight while climbing the Tanzanian peaks.
Wearing good quality tinted sunglasses and using an SPF 30 or SPF 50 sunblock can provide protection against excessive sunlight and harsh weather. Excessive exposure to sunlight can also cause various skin diseases such as skin irritation, skin inflammation, eczema, and skin cancer.
It is equally important to wear shirts with long sleeves to protect your arms against excessive heat. Also, make sure to use a sunblock which is sweat and waterproof. If you don’t use sunblock on a daily basis, then make sure to do a test patch first to make sure that it does not cause any skin irritation or inflammation. Along with a good quality sunblock, name sure to carry a lip balm to keep your lips cool and hydrated from warm and dry weather.
First Aid Kit
Carrying a first aid kit is one of the best ways to treat any form of injury, wound or sickness. Around 5-8 mountaineers are reported to die per year on Mt. Kilimanjaro. So, getting first aid training is quite important, especially if you are planning to remain in the wilderness for a longer period of time.
Try to avoid carrying too many things in your first aid kit. Make sure that all your medicines, bandages and ointments are covered in a waterproof packing. It is also advisable to customize your first aid kit according to the nature and duration of your trip.
According to Tanzanian law, you need at least two guides or porters to accompany you while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Still, an essential tool such as a multipurpose knife is a great handy tool to carry in your backpack. A knife can be used in a variety of different ways. A knife can come handy while cooking, climbing, fixing camping gear, etc.
Along with a multiple purpose knife, keeping other tools such as pliers, duct tape, and screwdrivers in your backpack is a great way to avoid any possible accident or damage during your trip.
Extra Food and Water
For a shorter camping or hiking trip, it becomes relatively easier to carry fresh food items in your travel bag as there are few chances for the food to get spoilt.
However, during long trips, following necessary food safety practices is crucial to prevent food spoilage. The porters of Mt. Kilimanjaro takes away some of your luggage and set up camp for you before you reach. So, you need another bag to store food so that you can access it anytime.
Also, make sure to bring such food items that could be easily eaten and could be easily preserved. Protein bars, energy bars, nuts, tea bags, and instant coffee packets can easily last for a longer period of time. Just make sure the foods are light snacks with a high-calorie count that boost your energy level.
Additionally, water can be used for cooking, washing, and staying hydrated. Try to carry some empty bottles for refilling and storing extra water in case of an emergency. You can also carry portable water purifying straws for filtering contaminated water.
By following the above tips, you can experience the most memorable and hassle-free mountain climbing trip in the African peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro.