SHADE HAT: Visor hat with good brim, essential for protection from equatorial sun
SUNGLASSES: Essential for eye protection in the tropics
SUNSCREEN: Plenty of complete sun block with a protection factor of 15 or more.
LIP BALM: With SPF rating of 15 or more
BANDANAS: Tied around the neck, they give good sun protection. Also can be used to clean glasses, etc.
T-SHIRTS: 3 maximum
UPPER BODY LAYERS: 1) Pile jacket or sweater
2) Wind shirts or Gore-Tex shell
3) Rain coat or Gore-Tex shell
LONG HIKING PANTS OR TIGHT: No more than 2 pairs
RAIN PANTS: Light weight is best
WIND PANTS: (Optional)
HIKING SHORTS: No more than 2 pairs
THIN SOCKS: Two pairs of synthetic socks to wear under heavy wool socks. This helps to prevent blisters and keep feet dry
THICK SOCKS: Two or three pairs
HIKING BOOTS: One pair medium weight. Should be large enough to be comfortable to hike in
GAITERS: One pair of gaiters to keep dirt from getting into hiking boots. Low ones are best. (Optional)
TENNIS SHOES: One pair is enough – to wear in camp after hiking
SLEEPING BAGS: Comfortable for 50 degree Fahrenheit temperature
SLEEPING PADS: Comfortable closed-cell foam camping mattress is okay
WATER BOTTLE: Two one-quart wide-mouthed plastic bottles
WATER TREATMENT: This is very important. Although the water in East Africa is not unhealthy, its flora content is different from what you are used to. To keep your system running normally, we recommend that you bring “Portable Aqua” or “Polar Pure” crystal iodine in a bottle to treat drinking H20.
FILTRATION PUMP: Is also effective
WATER FLAVORING: Wyler’s Lemonade, Tang, Gatorade, etc., as these mixes are hard to come by in Tanzania, and make treated water taste much better. 2 packs, at least.
DAY PACK: Small day pack for personal gear for the day only
PERSONAL: First aid kit, drug kit, and pocket knife
TOWELS: Bathing in the Endabagah River is enjoyable
WASH & DRIES: Hand-wipes (optional)