Packing to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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Last updated on February 16th, 2024 at 01:09 am


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

But it’s like I told a friend while enjoying a walk in the sunshine on Tuesday that you can’t put a price on safety or survival. Being a mountain climbing novice, if an expert tells me 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 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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