Documents and Money
□ Passport - You’ll not get far without it!
□ 2 extra passport photos - Just in case
□ Medical Insurance information
□ Medical card - Detailing any medical conditions, allergies, etc.
□ Copies of all important documents - For sure, include passport and airline tickets
□ Neck pouch/Money belt - For safety
□ Small padlock and keys for luggage - For in-room security
□ Credit card / ATM - May not be readily usable except in major centers. REMEMBER to bring phone numbers for credit card companies separately in case a card is stolen
□ US$ cash - Crisp, no stains. $100 bills best. At least as new as 2000.
Clothing – FOR HIKING, BIGU and KTM
□ Long pants - Ones with zip-off legs work great for unpredictable weather. Make sure they are light-weight if you want to be able to wash them on the line
□ Under-layers - For your legs and your upper body…for cold nights
□ Shirts Long and short sleeves. - Quick-dry work best – cotton can hold in the moisture and take a long time to dry
□ Clothes for layering / fleece - Helps adjust to various temps – and better packing
□ Hiking boots- For the hike and for day use in Bigu
□ Flip flops - For the shower
□ Other shoes - Comfy shoes for while at the nunnery
□ Slip-on shoes / slippers - You must take off your shoes when indoors, so indoor having footwear is handy and keeps your feet warm
□ Lightweight rain jacket / poncho - Just in case
□ Socks & Underwear - Warm socks, wool hiking socks
□ Wool hats and mittens - You will need these in the evenings and early mornings
□ Jackets - What you bring to layer will dictate the kind of jackets you’ll need. For the hike, something light and breathable. For Bigu, something warm (down works great)
□ Clothes for Kathmandu - We’ll be in a touristy area – you can be as casual or dressy as you’d like. Just be conservative and plan for temps from very warm to cold!
FOR HIKING and BIGU
□ Hiking poles - Can be helpful while hiking
□ Water bottles - You’ll need 2 if hiking, just one if you’re not
□ Water purifying tablets - To use if you’re not comfortable with boiled water
□ Trail snacks - For energy on the hike
□ Headlamp - Outdoor lighting is scares / for reading at night
□ Waterproof cover / large plastic bag - To keep your luggage dry and cleaner on the jeep drive
□ Sleeping bag liner
□ Laundry soap
□ Solar shower bag
Toiletries and personal
□ Shampoo & Conditioner - All-in-one saves water and time in the shower
□ Hand sanitizer / handiwipes
□ Deodorant Please! :)
□ Nail file/Clippers
□ Tooth picks / Dental floss - Many travelers regret leaving this one behind
□ Personal cosmetic items - You won’t need much for Bigu!
□ Shaver / Razor
□ Toilet Paper / Packages of Kleenex - It will be supplied in Bigu, good to have in your pocket!
□ Sun screen lotion a MUST
□ After-sun lotion / aloe vera gel - In case you get a burn
□ Insect repellent - Bugs usually aren’t an issue, but just in case
□ After-bite lotion / sting relief - Helps with the itching
□ Extra contact lenses / glasses - In case you lose one
□ Feminine hygiene products
Medications (suggestions only)
□ Prescription medication - Bring repeats / extras – won’t be easily replaced
□ Recommended travel meds - Whatever your doctor or the travel clinic recommends
□ Imodium / Anti-diarrheal medication - Not unusual to need this a time or two
□ Laxatives - Just in case you have the opposite condition
□ Ibuprofen / pain relievers - Gel or tablets for tired muscles
□ Foot spray - Another little luxury normally placid travelers kill for!
□ Blister bandages / moleskin - Just in case you need it on the hike
□ Decongestant - Sudafed, Afrin or generic equivalents
□ Antihistamine - Benadryl, Claratin, generic equivalents
□ Cold medications - Its easy to catch a cold on all those flights
□ Cipro / Amoxicillin - For traveler’s sickness
□ Sleep aids / sleeping pills - Helps you get some sleep on long flights – or if you’re rooming with a snorer – or for the barking dogs at night!
□ First Aid supplies - Something simple for your personal use – bandaids, Neosporin, athletic tape, tensor bandage, etc
□ Vitamins - Sometimes meals aren’t as balanced as at home
□ Other useful meds to consider - Hydrocortisone cream; eye rinse / drops; motion sickness meds; antacids; nasal spray; mole skin for blisters
Other Items You Might Consider:
□ Pillow - Having your favorite pillow from home is wonderful!
□ Flashlight / headlamp / batteries
□ Zip lock / plastic bags - For dirty/wet clothes, liquids, aerosols
□ Earplugs - For noisy dogs…and roommates
□ Camera, film, batteries, cleaner - Don’t forget extra batteries!
□ Ipod / music player - For downtime and to share with locals
□ Flight neck pillow - For those loooooong flights
□ Good paperback or two - Good for flights and down time. Great to leave behind
□ Playing cards / games / puzzles - For the evening leisure time
□ Small family photo album - Easy to carry and are a hit with the community
□ Travel alarm clock - To get you up for morning prayers, if you’re interested
□ Binoculars - There is so much to see!
□ Camping/Swiss Army knife - But make sure it’s in your checked luggage
□ Bubble wrap - Great for packing souvenirs
□ Duct tape - It always comes in handy!
□ Small journal/notebook - No matter how tired, you appreciate having written
□ Favorite snacks - Little familiar treats from home are always great
□ Energy bars / tuna / extra protein - For when the meals don’t provide enough energy
□ Thermal drink mug - To keep your hot drinks warm longer
□ Water flavorings - For hot drinks and cold
□ Musical instruments - Not the grand piano!
□ Adapter - So you can use the local electrical plugs
□ Small sewing kit - Really comes in handy!