Your daypack on Kilimanjaro
What size daypack do you need for Kilimanjaro?
In order to accommodate all the items listed below, you really need a daypack for Kilimanjaro of about 25-30 litres. The biggest item will be your water containers (either a bladder, or water bottles, or preferably both). Some trekkers argue that you really need a bigger bag. And I suppose it’s true that you’ll probably want to take your summit jacket off once you’ve reached the summit and are descending. Because it actually gets quite hot and sweaty then. But that would mean taking a daypack of about 40 litres, maybe, which is simply too big for your needs for most of your time on the mountain. So my advice is to stick with the smaller, 30-litre bag for the entire trip, and just tie your coat around your waist for that descent day.
What you should put in it
Normally you will not see your main, large backpack from the moment you hand it to the porter in the morning to at least lunchtime, and maybe not until the end of the day. It’s therefore necessary to pack everything that you may need during the day in the bag that you carry with you, which is commonly known as your daypack.
So here are some suggestions of what to put in your daypack: