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

Want to learn even more? Check out my special “Clothing and equipment tips for your Kilimanjaro climb“. Or read “The unbiased guide to all the different routes“.

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 based on 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 + 1-2 hikes per month.