...THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU!
There are lots of Kilimanjaro packing lists out there, but here are 5 less obvious items that I know from my experience are must haves on the mountain:
(Oh and, these apply to the Salkantay and Everest Base Camp treks too!)
1. INSULATED CAMELBAK TUBE WITH CAP
This tube (and coordinating bladder) make it oh-so-easy to carry the liters of water you need to drink everyday. As it gets colder, it's likely the water in your tube will freeze and that's why this insulted tube is a must (especially for summit night)! The cap is key too, it'll keep dirt out when you fling your daypack on to the ground for a rest.
Pictured here: Camelbak Antidote Thermal Control Kit
Clip your camera to the strap of your daypack when you're hiking. Clip your watch to your jacket when you've got your gloves on. Clip your headlamp to the inside of your tent for easy access in the middle of the night. The possibilities are endless! Bring a few of these puppies, they'll come in handy in more ways than you can imagine!
Gummy bears, sour worms, mini snickers…you get the idea?! Bring your favorite treat (and treat yourself often)! The sugar gives you jolt of energy, and if the altitude takes your appetite away (it happens) the candy will be easy to get down and keep you smiling.
Yes, rock these guys at every campsite, and do it with your head held high. They're lightweight, easy to clean and feel oh-so-good to put on after a day of hiking. But, the real reason you'll love these: When you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, there is nothing easier to slip into than these guys.
Pictured here: Hot Pink Classic Crocs