Carrying the right amount of luggage is an important matter on a serious climb such as Kilimanjaro. The best news for climbers is that our tough, hardworking porters will carry most of your gear, and when you arrive at each day’s camp, your luggage will already be waiting for you. These amazing guys clean the campsite every day, packing up all the equipment – including your gear – and reaching the following camp before you. All you need to take care of is your daypack, making sure you have everything you need until you reach camp at the end of the day, as you will not be able to access your main luggage during the day’s climb.
Surprisingly, perhaps, porters prefer duffel bags over backpacks and climbers are asked to limit the weight of their duffel bag to a maximum of 15kg. As for daypacks, these should weigh no more than 6kg and a daypack of 30 litres’ capacity should easily be enough. To keep the weight of the daypack to a minimum, you should only pack what is absolutely necessary. This will vary a bit from day to day, as the temperatures change with altitude: there’s no point in having extra warm clothes in your daypack on the lower slopes, is there?
You have to pack up your daypack each day, and to put your other gear into the duffel bag. A top tip is to ensure your stuff goes into waterproof bags inside your duffel bag and daypack.