Packing to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The Tanzania Chronicles #4

Last updated on March 8th, 2021 at 03:49 pm

As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I said that the amount of gear we’d gotten for this trip is utterly ridiculous.

But it’s like I was telling a friend while enjoying a walk in the sunshine on Tuesday—you can’t put a price on safety or survival. Being a mountain climbing novice, if an expert tells me that I need something, I am not about to argue!

But part of packing for a trip like this is finding balance. Having a few weeks off from one’s regular life is an opportunity to do things they’ve always wanted to do—relax; write stories; catch up on some reading… you’ll have more free time than you might be used to!

But you’ll also only have so much of your stuff! Especially on a trip like this, I need to make more room for essentials and keep the luxuries to a minimum. (However, please believe that Sakshi and Trevor are going to get their butt handed to them in board games if I have anything to say about it!) It’s good that they already supplied us with packing lists; otherwise, I wouldn’t know what the heck I was doing and you’d hear stories of me on the top of Kilimanjaro suffering from hypothermia or something! Usually, I pack like this:

…but this time there’s been no time for fun cartoons or lengthy lists. No… this time, it’s all about seeing how much I can fit in that bag (making sure that it ends up being under 15 kg) and learning to live with less (one could also learn a thing or two from the process that my friends Trevor and Sakshi used to pack for a six-month trip.

I’m sure there’s a life lesson in here somewhere…

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2 replies on “Packing to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro”

I need to do a trip like this (just the necessities) eventually. My sis went to Costa Rica last summer for 3 weeks (a Raw food cleanse vacation, thingy) and loved it.

I don’t even know what kind of trip I’d want to go on next, to be honest — I kind of feel that after a trip like this, going to resorts/cruises and the like won’t feel the same anymore.

I think my wife is turning me into an outdoorsy type :S I didn’t see it coming!

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