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This is my Nepal prepping / packing list. Its goes astray from my normal skrewy posts about my everyday antics. You can skip it without missing much.
In three days I’m leaving to go to Nepal for a month. Twenty of those days are going to be spent trekking the Annapurna Circuit. If you’re planning a similar trip, here’s a few things you need to do before you leave.
Go to a travel clinic. The doctor will give you vaccines for Typhoid and Hep A. He will give you a certificate (if you don’t already have one) proving that you been vaccinated. Bring the certificate with you on your trip. He will also give you a prescription for Cipro – if you don’t have insurance, get the generic ciproflaxacin. If you get sick off of contaminated water, it kills the bacteria in your body. Ciproflaxacin costs $22. Typhoid and hep A are both under $100 (although I’m unsure because I haven’t gotten the bill yet).
Oh and make sure you’re set up for automatic bill pay at your bank so you won’t have to worry about late payments on anything.
Get travel insurance. I got mine from worldnomads.com and opted for the Explorer package. It’s $114 for three weeks. Print out the certificate of insurance and take it with you.
Next is my packing list.
I never trekked before or been on any long hikes. I had zero equipment, so I had to buy everything brand new. I bought most of my items on Amazon, cause, well, Amazon rocks!
I bought the Kelty Trekker 3950 on Amazon for $110 free shipping. It’s light weight and perfect for the trip. It has a compartment for a camelbak and a hole for the hose – very convenient!
I added a few reflectors to it. You should add reflectors to your pack even if it’s just to spot it easier in the airport luggage rack.
I bought my boots at EMS. Eastern Mountain Sports = big bucks. Fortunately for me they were having a clearance sale that week. I’m seriously a lucky bitch sometimes. So I bought these Bad Mamma Jammas:
I didn’t even have to look at any other boot. I made eye contact with them and it was love at first sight. I love the color! They are boots fit for a sexy anime character. That’s the look I’m going for – sexy anime Melanie. The guy at the store talked me into buying inserts called happy feet. They’re good for my goofy flat feet, but they set me back $40. I also bought memory foam antibacterial inserts to go on top of my happy feet inserts ($10). So basically, I went all out for my delicate tootsies.
For socks I spent $120 on 6 pairs of liner socks and 3 pairs of smartwool socks. I couldn’t find a cheaper deal anywhere.
When trekking the Himalayas, the weather varies from subtropical to subzero depending on what altitude you’re in. Packing light is crucial for a trek like this, but also tricky to find clothes that are both breathable and warm.
I’m going to Nepal in March. From what I read on the net, temp ranges from 0 to 68 Fahrenheit. Wicking shirts and layers are a must.
I bought 3 short sleeve wicking shirts, 2 thin long sleeve and 2 heavy long sleeve. This may be too many to carry, but I haven’t figured out which one’s I should leave out. Nah screw it, I’ll just take them all. I’m also bringing a windbreaker that crushes up nicely into my pack.
For pants, you really only need one pair. I’m bringing the kind that can turn into shorts by zipping off the legs. Most outdoor places sell them. I’m also bringing one heavy and one light thermal long underwear. The heavy thermos can double for jammies and I’ll only wear them during the day for the high altitude hikes.
Most of my clothes are shoved into dry packs that I can compress down into a manageable size.
I’m bringing 6 pairs of underwear rolled up and shoved in a ziplock bag (also compressible).
Two sports bra’s
Glove liners and wool fingerless gloves that convert into mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves, but I have my fingers if I need them.
A small winter hat. I’m debating if I should bring my wool hat, but it’s so bulky.
Neck tube/face mask
Travel journal and Pen
Moleskin for blisters
Sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner. The tea houses have blankets, but they are primary used by the porters. The porters will give up their blanket for you, but they will get sick and we don’t want that. However, I won’t be hiring a porter, so maybe I can use their blanket?
Quick dry travel towel
A trowel. I hope I don’t need it.
6 peel and stick body warmers that last all day.
Travel medic kit
Lemon-lime sport drink tablets
A few packets of Vplenish vitamin boost
A hanky for my nose
A little thing of tissues
Hand sanitizer! This is a must if you don’t want to get sick.
A small water filter that immediately filters water. $50 EMS.
Sodium Chlorite tablets for water. This woman I talked to says they work great but take four hours to kick in – hence the water filter.
An LCD flashlight keychain
One liter platypus bottle with hose
One liter Nalgene bottle
Hot topic’s dry shampoo. This stuff works and I never seen it sold anywhere else. It’s only $8.
A little spray bottle of Rosewater. It’s multipurpose. Works as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Works on cuts and scrapes, too.
My coolpix camera
My Ipod Nano and Iphone (for music)
4 extra batteries
Cloth tape for my toes. I may need to wrap them to prevent blisters. I thought of this myself and not sure if it’s normally something trekkers do.
Compressed, biodegradable baby wipes
Stuff for my period
I’m bringing 20 playtex sport body wipes
Shampoo / body wash
Toothbrush / toothpaste
Razor. Because I can’t stand hairy armpits!
Pomegranate flavored fiber packets
My nana’s old whistle
I’m a smoker, but switched to electronic cig’s 8 months ago. Since I can’t bring them, I’m bringing a tobacco pipe. It’s cool looking.
A sun hat
Small book for rainy days
A bunch of carbiners
I’m going to get two hiking poles in Katmandu and a down jacket. You can actually buy everything you need in Katmandu, but I’m a newbie world traveler, so I like to arrive already prepared. One of the girls I’m going with is getting her vaccines in Katmandu. That’s a little too brave for my Connecticut blood.
I think that’s it. It sounds like a lot, but my pack is still not very heavy. That’s why I won’t need a porter. A porter would laugh at my pack if they had to carry it! Did you know that their cargo can also consist of people?! They carry people on their backs! Not in a rickshaw, but in an actual basket attached to their back. I’m hoping to take a pic of one.
Whew, okay I’m done with my list. Now I can relax. I was packing as I made the list, so I’m all set.
You can rent a locker in Katmandu or another town similar to store everything you won’t need for your trek. Like souvenirs and extra clothes.
By the way, I really don’t know what I’m doing. I’m no expert, but soon will be!