Things to Pack for Gorilla trekking

March 4, 2024

Packing for gorilla trekking requires careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and safe experience. Here’s a comprehensive packing list:


  1. Long-sleeved shirts and pants: Protect against scratches, insect bites, and vegetation.
  2. Lightweight waterproof jacket: Weather in gorilla habitats can be unpredictable.
  3. Sturdy hiking boots: Provide ankle support and protection from uneven terrain.
  4. Gloves: For gripping branches and protecting your hands.
  5. Hat or cap: Protects from sun and rain.
  6. Socks: Moisture-wicking, preferably high quality to prevent blisters.
  7. Comfortable undergarments: Choose moisture-wicking materials.
  8. Bandana or buff: Useful for wiping sweat or protecting your neck from the sun.


  1. Daypack: Large enough to carry essentials but not too bulky.
  2. Waterproof cover for your daypack: Protects your belongings in case of rain.
  3. Water bottle or hydration system: Stay hydrated during your trek.
  4. Snacks: Energy bars, trail mix, fruits for quick energy boosts.
  5. Binoculars: Enhance wildlife viewing.
  6. Camera: Capture memorable moments, ensure it’s charged and with extra batteries.
  7. Walking stick: Provides stability on uneven terrain.
  8. Headlamp or flashlight: Essential for early morning starts or late returns.
  9. Portable charger: Keep your electronics powered up during your trek.
  10. Ziplock bags or dry sacks: Keep electronics and documents dry in case of rain.

Personal Items:

  1. Sunscreen: Protect against sunburn, choose one suitable for sensitive skin.
  2. Insect repellent: Especially important in areas prone to mosquitoes and other insects.
  3. Personal medication: Any prescription medication you may need.
  4. First aid kit: Including blister plasters, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
  5. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.
  6. Tissues or toilet paper: Always handy, as restroom facilities may be basic.
  7. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from glare.

Important Documents:

  1. Passport and permits: Keep them in a waterproof pouch.
  2. Travel insurance: Ensure it covers medical emergencies and evacuation.
  3. Emergency contacts: Include local emergency numbers and contact information for your embassy.

Optional Items:

  1. Guidebook or wildlife identification book: Learn more about the flora and fauna you encounter.
  2. Small umbrella: Provides additional protection against rain.
  3. Swimsuit: If your accommodation has a pool or hot tub.
  4. Books or journal: For downtime in the evenings.
  5. Snorkeling gear: If your itinerary includes any water activities.

Remember to pack light, as you’ll be carrying your belongings during the trek. It’s also essential to respect the environment and local customs, so avoid bringing unnecessary items or anything that could harm wildlife or the ecosystem.

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