Ok, so you’ve made the brilliant decision to travel to Nepal! Nice one, you won’t be disappointed by the natural beauty and kindness you’re about to experience. But you want to be prepared right? So here’s a guide on essentials items I’d consider packing before you head off on your trip! (This is as much of a guide to help you as it is to help me, as I’m currently also packing to head to Nepal, see you there!)
First off we’re gonna start with the sensible essentials to make sure your fully prepared for any instances you may experience whilst out there.
De-hydration tablets – these are vital as you’ll probably have access to a lot less water when your travelling around Nepal. You can buy bottled water and always make sure the top is sealed but its better to be prepared in case you do start experiencing dehydration symptoms.
Water Purification tablets – always handy to have in case you have no choice but to drink water from a river or rainfall whilst travelling or trekking. These make the water safer to drink if you leave them in a sealed bottle for an hour or so depending on tablet requirements.
First aid kit – never travel without a small one.
Wet wipes – again an essential travel item!
Depending on season – suncream – I made the mistake of not taking suncream out in the summer months and I got burnt on my face so badly! haha make sure you take a little if your sensitive to the sunlight like me.
Diarrhoea tablets – I went through packets of these. You do not want to experience this whilst trekking. It’s not a great situation. Nepali much like the infamous delhi belly can occur due to the change up in dietary lifestyle you may experience when travelling through Nepal. I’d recommend avoiding all ‘western’ options and just eat nepali cuisine as the western equivalents often made me sick.
Small basic medical needle set – just in case you end up in a medical situation where you need one of these. The medical facilities are obviously not as advanced and I find its always good to be able to use your own set of clean needles for your own peace of mind.
All clothing items are pretty cheap to buy in country and most trekking stuff you can buy there too. This can save money, time space and allow you to have less luggage to carry on the way there.
A few T-shirts – also pretty cheap to buy in country if you want to travel a little lighter
Slip on shoes – good to pack as they are easy to take on and off if entering houses/buildings that do not allow you wear shoes inside
Torch – Nepal experiences frequent loss of power so its always good to have one of these at hand
Batteries – again batteries can be more reliable than the electricity.
Swiss army knife or multitool
Re-fillable bottle – I have a small bottle that folds down in an accordion style which is great as I can pack it away small and use it with the water purification tablets if I need to.
Multiple passport photos – you’ll need these if your trekking to get passes
Travel card and some US dollars – US Dollars are accepted in most places in Nepal, you can use other currencies like GBP or AUS but most prefer dollars or NPR (Nepali Rupees) I found it was handy to have some dollars.
Camera – of course!
Power charger/external pack – good to charge phones/cameras if you are not able to access electricity due to power cut
Bag waterproof cover – monsoon season
Basic mobile phone unlocked – so you can purchase a sim whilst out there and use this whilst in country. To get a Nepali sim card you must have passport photos and copies of your passport to purchase one ( I found there was more security when I got a sim card out than there was walking through the airport, they even took my fingerprint!
Right, bags packed so head to the airport and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Nepal is beautiful and you’ll be fully prepared for any circumstance you come across now so enjoy!
Be sure to follow my adventures on my social media links and keep an eye out for some youtube content coming this way from my upcoming trip to Nepal.
Happy travels and #positivevibes