A strong pair of supportive, waterproof hiking boots is essential. They must be well broken in. Don’t risk losing them as delayed luggage on your international flight into Tanzania – wear them on your flight or carry them in your hand luggage. Trekking poles are recommended for slippery mud and loose scree. Gaiters can be hired or brought in. You will need two bags for your African challenge climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro, a backpack of daily needs to carry yourself and a duffle to contain the 15 kilos your personal porter will carry for you. A duffle bag is recommended because it is most convenient for the porter to carry on his head with other gear. Practice with your own backpack before your ultimate Tanzanian mounting vacation to be sure it is perfectly comfortable. Take a down sleeping bag with liner, preferably of merino wool. Breathable waterproof top clothing, down jacket and light fleece, hat, gloves, scarf, long trousers and long sleeved shirts will protect you from all weather. Sunglasses are needed for both sun and snow. Several pairs of Merino wool socks and wicking shirts are recommended with Long John thermal underwear and briefs. You are packing for hot, humid days at the start of your hiking tour of Mount Kilimanjaro, and freezing, windy nights towards the summit.