How to prepare for your Mt. Kilimanjaro hike in 4 essential video lessons

Special thanks go to Larry Garber for providing such amazing Kili tips! 🙂 His advice is just essential for a successful and hassle-free climb.

Want to learn some more? You are more than welcome to also read my special “Tips on Clothing and Equipment for Your Kilimanjaro Climb” article. Enjoy! 😉

Broadcaster: LDGarber

Video Lesson 1: Your Backpack!

In this video you’ll learn about the following:

– Backpack essentials.

– Camelback water units.

– Waterproofing.

– Layering (clothes needed according to weather forecast).

Video Lesson 2: Boots and Hygiene!

Themes discussed:

– Footwear and personal comfort.

– Ziploc bags to keep clothes dry.

– Wet wipes/hand sanitizers.

– Tissues (for runny noses).

– Water purification techniques.

– Tips to prevent your drinking water from freezing.

Video Lesson 3: For Your Own Comfort and Safety!

Learn all you need to know about:

– Plastic ponchos.

– Sun protection.

– Hiking poles.

– Sleeping bags.

– LED head lamps.

– Ear plugs.

– Personal entertainment (music, cameras, batteries).

– Must-pack items (Swiss army knife, dark tape, etc.).

Video Lesson 4: First Aid Kit and Physical Fitness!

Essential items mentioned include:

– Dental hygiene.

– First Aid Kit and Medication.

– Technology items (watch, GPS).

– Maps of the Area.

– Snacks and Food.

– Physical fitness (VERY IMPORTANT). Prerequisites are rather strict: at least 4 months of physical fitness prior to the ascension. Gym 4 times a week: electrical machines for 45-60 minutes + hikes 1-2 a month!

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7 Responses to How to prepare for your Mt. Kilimanjaro hike in 4 essential video lessons

  1. Kerry de Bruyn November 24, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    Thanks for this, good to know! Climbing in Feb!

    • Africafreak November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am #

      Wow Kerry, sounds amazing! Looking forward to your fabulous photographs! And if you'd like to share your stories with us, you know where to find me… 😉



  2. Kili Climber November 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks for the videos. They will be very useful

    • Africafreak November 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

      Very welcome, and good luck for your trip! 😉

      Talking about your trip, I'd be more than happy to let you share your Kili experience on my blog if you wish? It would be such a thrill to have you! What do you think? If so drop me a line at and will take it from there… 🙂

      Keep well,


      • Ken March 18, 2010 at 6:56 am #

        Hi Michael, sorry I forgot about your site. But I’m back from my trip and made all these posts but saved them in draft mode. I better get to it! I can write a summary article of my trip for you if you want…

        • africafreak March 18, 2010 at 9:53 am #

          Hi Ken,

          Don’t know if you’ve noticed it yet but I recently interviewed Kerry de Bruyn about her trip. She just got back from her Kili ascension and you can check it out HERE! 😉

          Anyway, if you feel like you could bring in another aspect of Kili climbing, be my guest! 🙂 You can reach me through info[at]

          Keep in touch,


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