Duffel or suitcase through JRO airport


Hello, My friends and I are going to Tanzania via Qatar in June and are going to do the Mt Kili climb followed by a safari. We have backpacks and duffels to bring for the hike but after reading several posts on this forum I am concerned about missing items from checked in luggage or luggage being delayed. Hand carry I can only bring 1 bag at 50cm x 35cm x 20cm so I can’t possibly fit everything I need.

We arrive at 3pm in the afternoon and the hike begins the following morning. I will try to pack most essentials and valuables onto my carry on luggage and wear my shoes and light weight gear. For those of you who have been through this what did you do? My husband would like to try to pack the duffel into a hard case suitcase as we have to leave unnecessary items for the safari in the hotel. Would plastic wrapping the duffel/suitcase deter petty thieves or will they just cut through it.

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    I advice that you pack your 35-liter day pack with everything you need for the first couple of days on the mountain (rain gear, hiking clothes, snacks, camera, etc.) and use it as your carry on. This is just in case your checked luggage gets lost or delayed. You would then use your 90-liter duffel or a suitcase to fly with. Pack your remaining mountain gear in the 90-liter duffel for the porters to carry; and leave the suitcase with laptops, travel clothes, safari clothes, etc. in the secure hotel storage room during your climb.

    Do your best, if you can wear your trekking shoes, carry with you few item in your hand luggage that will help you just in case. But also there are few stores in Moshi and Arusha whereby you can hire few missing gears if that happens.

    Wish you all the best. and Karibu Tanzania, Land of Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Zanzibar.

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