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    Rob Trekking above Kagbeni
    by into-thin-air
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    My backpack in a protector bag
    by Saagar
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    Packing panic
    by Saagar
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    Nepal Kit List

    by into-thin-air Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    Rob Trekking above Kagbeni

    Luggage and bags: Fo

    Day Sack
    Pouch
    Money (Debit Card etc)
    Passport
    Air-Tickets
    Train Tickets
    Insurance
    Flight Sweets
    Address book
    Visa application form (Dowloaded and filled in with photo stuck in place)


    Wear on the journey out there
    Boots
    Thurlo socks
    Walking Trousers
    T shirt
    Fleece

    Miscellaneous: Nepal Kit List (Trekking)
    Rucksack and Pro-Tector
    Good Sleeping Bag (Buy or Hire)
    Fleece Liner / Cotton Liner (Depending on Season/ Trek)
    Down Jacket (Buy or Hire)
    Boots (Well broken in)
    Thurlo x 3
    Inner sock x2
    Evening sock x 1
    Outer Gloves
    Inner Gloves
    Head-band
    Snood
    Sun-hat
    Waterproof / Windproof Jacket
    Walking Trousers
    Long Sleeved thermal T-shirt x 1
    Short Sleeved thermal T-shirt x 2
    Trekking Boxers x 3
    Long Johns
    Towel
    Wash Gear (compact)
    Sun Block
    Sandals / Trainers
    Shorts x 1
    Fleece jumper
    First Aid pack + Any extra medication
    Glasses
    Sun Glasses
    Digital Camera + extra batteries + charger & leads
    Mobile Phone (Buy Local SIM card)
    Battery chargers for above
    Small Padlock
    Water Bottle (Sigg / Metal Type)
    Water Purifier
    Powdered flavouring agent for drinking water (Vitamin C)
    Pocket knife
    Head Torch
    Trekking Pole(s)
    Guidebook / Maps
    Snacks

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    Special Considerations

    by travelinxs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Anyone up for a bit of toe-sucking?!!

    Luggage and bags: Pack Light (goes without saying!)
    An internal framed pack is suitable for any trek in Nepal

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ** = available to buy cheaply in Nepal

    Footwear - Below 3000m Gortex-style boots are suitable. Above, full leather will prove more waterproof and warmer. Remember - dont bring new boots without breaking them in at home first, espeacialy full leather.
    Socks - strongly recommend wool socks worn over thin cotton liner socks to prevent blisters. (Ammendment below...)
    Fleeces** - One thick, one thin (layers are easier if treking independantly) Long fleece pants for at night.
    Waterproofs - Light jacket, trousers & cover for your pack

    Ammendment; Advise from GillianMcLaughlin who suggests the new madmade fibre sock now on the market are supperior to those metioned above, keeping feet dry and a little less pongy ! I appologise to previous travelling companions for not having discovered this earlier !
    Thanks Gillian.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Water Purifying Tablets - Iodine are the most popular, except I bought Chlorine Tablets as they are cheaper and I am tight! Bottled water available but the bottles are wrecking the environment.

    Photo Equipment: Film** - Lots! 100ASA and 200ASA

    Miscellaneous: Headlamp - better than a torch
    Map holder - type up your route from your guide book & slip a page in with your map for each day to save carrying a book around.
    Whistle - emergencies only (or youll have to explain to the Nepali army!)
    Trekking Pole**
    Waterbottle
    Multi-tool knife

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  • Trekking in Nepal

    by Journeyplanner Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Soft luggage such as a large holdall is best for flying or by bus, preferably unbranded and not too flashy will help avoid the attention of idle hands. I normally then put my trekking pack and boots inside with space to bring souvenirs home.
    Most hotels are happy to look after your holdall with any unneeded items while you go trekking.
    I have tried PacSafe mesh nets in the past and while they are secure, they undoubtedly attract attention to the fact you may have valuables worth stealing.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate varies greatly, with altitudes above 3000m often dropping below 0°C, this list will vary depending on the time of year and duration spent at altitude.

    WARM WEATHER GEAR - for lower altitude:
    * TROUSERS - cottons/linens are best (locals tend not to wear shorts in town)
    * TEESHIRTS - sports tops with tiny air holes tend to be cooler
    * UNDERWEAR - cotton is best
    * SWIMMING STUFF
    * FLIPFLOPS/SANDALS
    * SUNHAT
    * SUNGLASSES

    COLD WEATHER GEAR - for evenings and higher altitude
    * ZIP OFF TROUSERLEG TROUSER/SHORTS
    * THERMAL LONGJOHNS
    * THERMAL (HELI) TOP
    * GLOVES
    * BUFF SCARF - great flexible item, can be used as a hat or scarf
    * WALKING BOOTS - broken in before hand of course
    * WALKING SOCKS
    * WARM FLEECE - zip front is more adaptable than pullover

    RAIN/SNOW-WEAR:
    * WATERPROOF TOP - I carry a poncho that can be used for shelter also
    * WATERPROOF BOTTOMS - if walking in snow or rainy season
    * COLD KILLS - if in doubt take an extra thermal layer, preferably with hood

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bare essentials, not incuding feminine or grooming items.

    * WETWIPES - great for cleaning hands/face
    * BIODEGRADABLE LIQUID SOAP - can be used for shampoo/soap/shower gel
    * TOILET ROLL & LIGHTER - to burn it (one thing I cant go without)
    * MICROFIBRE TOWEL - larger sizes aren't much more bulky but are big enough to dry you
    * TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHPASTE
    * MOSQUITO REPELLENT - Deet based, stronger the better (can be diluted with sunscreen)
    * SUNSCREEN - SPF30+ water resistant is a bonus
    * MOISTURISER - to soothe rashes and burns
    * LIP BALM
    * TALCUM POWDER - to keep sweaty bits dry
    * IMMODIUM - for those dodgey tummy days
    * ANTI-MALARIALS - if travelling from or to high risk areas
    * TRAVEL PLUG - useful if you like baths or wet shave

    Medical supplies should be adjusted to the size of your group and your capabilities in using them, a first aid kit is only as good as you are.

    Photo Equipment: .
    * DIGITAL CAMERA
    * MEMORY CARD - Larger the better, they always fill up, specially if you have a video function
    * CHARGER - and perhaps a spare battery if you are going to be away from power for long
    * POWER ADAPTOR - for charger

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are 'Teahouse Trekking' then this list should suffice.

    * HEADTORCH
    * SLEEPINGBAG LINER - I treat with permethrin to keep mozzies & bedbugs away, silk ones add c.5°C warmth
    * PACK COVER - to keep rain and snow out
    * DRYBAGS/COMPRESSION SACKS - to keep your gear dry and compact
    * WATER FILTER PURIFIER - tablets or pump or inline systems so long as it gets rid of Guardia and Cryptosporidium
    * WATER CANTEEN/WATER BLADDER SYSTEM

    Miscellaneous: I also carry the following:
    * MOBILE PHONE
    * PHONE CHARGER
    * SWISS ARMY KNIFE
    * MAP
    * COMPASS
    * VISA CARD
    * PASSPORT
    * FOOD BARS/ELECTROLITE

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    Packing for the high hills and mountains

    by Saagar Updated Apr 22, 2008

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    My backpack in a protector bag

    Luggage and bags: You cannot get around the sturdy backpack now, unless somebody carries your stuff in a dhoko or by namlo. If you use pack animals, make sure your backpack is contained in a cargo bag or Protector bag.
    A roll-up daypack or shoulder bag for side trips and camp use or if you have a porter serves the purpose of keeping control of camera and valuables, bringing water, map etc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layer up underneath the windproofs. I use a simple cotton anorak with good result.
    Lightweight to sturdy hiking boots will be useful, include low gaiters if possible, useful against sand and snow in your shoes. For camp use, Tevas or similar brand strapped sandals are good, indeed also for fording rivers. Bring long underwear, not only for cold weather, but also for camp use and as extra cold protection at night.
    It may get very cold above 3500 meters altitude, so quick-drying long underwear is very useful. Woolen hat, fleece buff or scarf and gloves are a musat for exposed hiking as well as camp use.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: To protect against the sun, buy suitable sun creams in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Against strong winds and dust (in the Trans-Himalayan region especially) bring a "buff" of a scarf to voer nose and mouth.

    Photo Equipment: Remember the light will get stronger as you go higher. Dust and water proof bags for camera equipment. Wide angle and telephoto lens in addition to the normel lens.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses etc. for rent and sale in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is a very good investment to bring a thermarest blow-up mattress.
    A water bottle is always very useful, remember purification means.

    Miscellaneous: Be prepared for snow.

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    Packing for the Terai and Hills

    by Saagar Updated Apr 22, 2008

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    Packing panic

    Luggage and bags: Unless you can stash it in Kathmandu till the day you leave, don't bring your suitcase. Rather, take a good backpack or zippered cargo bag with handles and hidden straps. Day pack for camera and water bottle, sunglasses etc. Excellent locally-made day packs, shoulder bags etc. can be bought cheaply in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Protector bag for your backpack is indispensible.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Tropical clothing for the Terai, but it may get very cold and damp at night, so bring a fleece jacket, too. Sand and ochre color pants and shirts tolerate more dust and dirt before having to see the dhobi-man.
    Layer up for colder weather in the hills.
    "Modern" sandals with good straps are excellent for more leisurely use, lightweight hiking boots or sturdy trainers a good choice for Chitwan bush and hill trails. The monsoon time (late June - early September) serves up some challenges in terms of wetness and insects and "juga" protection.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent is necessary along with long-sleeved shirt/blouse, long pants and ankles cover socks for evenings when the malaria mosquitos are on the prowl especially at ankle height.

    Photo Equipment: Good quality film, batteries and some cameras and lenses can easily be bought in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Now in the digital age, you can get the full range of digital cameras (Canon has done a major marketing effort in Nepal), and you can buy memory cards for cameras. Film and battery prices are competitive, tripods can be a bargain. For the nationalparks, bring binoculars, too.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Everything you need for camping can be found in Kathmandu and to a lesser extent in Pokhara, for sale or for hire or for buy-back.
    Locally made clothes are high on the plastics and nylon factor. You may wish to bring pants and shirts of a 65-70% cotton mix or microfibre.
    "The beach" in Nepal is quite limited: the Rapti River in Chitwan and Begnas and Fewa Tal lakes near Pokhara and for rafting trips (e.g the Trishuli) may be the only options. Quick-drying shorts will do for men, something conservative in the bathing suite division for the ladies.

    Miscellaneous: Cable plastic bands are useful for fastening you backpack to bus racks etc., small ones also handy for closing your zippered bags. Small padlocks with wire serve the same purpose.

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    traveling with soft duffle bags in wet climates

    by MrBill Updated Nov 23, 2006

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    12-15 kgs per duffle bag plus day packs
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    Luggage and bags: We have been advised not to bring hard shell type suitcases because the luggage will have to be packed by the sherpa and transported using donkeys. This causes several problems. One we have to worry about theft of gear or supplies, especially during airline transfer, as a duffle bag is next to impossible to secure properly. What good is a lock when anyone who wants to can slit the zipper with a sharp knife?

    Also, as the bags will be loaded by porters and transported in the mountains we want to make sure stuff stays clean and dry. Plastic wrap outside the duffle bag is very impractical. Therefore, we have bought very heavy duty plastic garbage bags to put inside the duffle bags as protection from the weather and dirt. The duffle bags may get wet and dirty, but our stuff inside will stay clean and dry.

    As we are packing sweaters, fleeces, etc. in seperate smaller plastic bags as well. It might add slightly to the overall weight, but not much. Hopefully, not the plactic bag that broke the yak's back?

    Photo Equipment: Anything of any value we will carry onbaord in our knapsacks as well as those essentials we will need once we reach Kathmandu just in case our luggage is lost enroute. Once we return from our trip, we will wash the bags and re-waterproof them with spray.

    Miscellaneous: UPDATE: worked like a charm. The one downside was that unless the plastic bags are clear you cannot see in them and determine their contents easily. No problem with rain, but the duffle bags and knapsacks needed washing on our return.

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    packing light for the trail, not the nightclubs

    by MrBill Updated Oct 25, 2006

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    too big for my suitcase unfortunately
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    Luggage and bags: We are advised to bring softpack duffle bags instead of hard luggage, which is less than ideal due to airport and transportation security as well as being less than water proof. But we will compensate by packing everything in smaller plastic bags and then putting those packages into a larger garbage bag inside the duffle bag in case they get wet.

    The sherpas will have to carry everything (I suppose), and that is why hard luggage is not allowed. As for security, everything of value on my person or in my rucksack. I am buying a special water proof bag, for use on diving boats and such, to pack anything that cannot get wet in the dufflebag. Everything else is functional clothing and dries very quickly.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The basics: Functionality over fashion.

    Functional clothing made of nylon, lycra and other blends, which means it has to be washed everyday to keep it smelling fresh and clean. Therefore, we will be bringing a tube of travel laundry soap that washes out in cold water very easily.

    Zippered hiking pants that double as shorts. Windproof fleeces and vests as undergarments. Wind and rain proof anoraks that have pit zips for over top. Layers of light t-shirts as well as long armed hiking shirts that can be rolled-up or taken off and put in our packs as we go. Ball caps as well as gloves and a hat in case it gets too cold. One pair of hiking boots, and a second pair of lighter hiking shoes for around Kathmandu, and just in case my boots get too wet. A pair of sandals for the shower, and in case the toilets are not very clean as well as to wear around the lodge with hiking socks. A light sweatshirt for casual. My ever present, extremely important bandana that has so many functional uses that it is a necessity.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Immodium for diarrhea as the food is supposed to be not so great, and who knows about the water used to cook or in drinks for example.
    Ibuprofen for sore muscles and general painkiller
    Compedes for blisters and hotspots
    Duct tape for any number of medical emergencies and for fixing gear
    My regular first aide kit with compresses and bandages, etc.
    Handywipes or antiseptic wipes for eating on the trail or at outdoor markets as well as those toilet breaks where hot and cold running water along with soap may not be available?
    I will research getting some medication for the treatment of altitude sickness, but I am unaware of any off the shelf medications, so will have to consult a pharmacist before we go.

    Photo Equipment: One standard Olypus digital zoom camera with extra memory cards and rechargeable batteries. I assume I will find somewhere in Kathmandu to transfer pics from memory card to disc, but who knows? If not, then I am limited to about 300 photos at standard resolution, so will have to edit accordingly. Will buy a throw away or cheap 35 mm film camera underway if absolutely necessary.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Just a 27 liter rucksack for day use. Everything else stays in the duffle bags for transport by the sherpas. Probably one liter of water, but will see how hot it is? What are the chances to refill during the day? How good is the water on the trail? And then adjust accordingly.

    Miscellaneous: All important polaroid sunglasses and a second pair just in case. I am not bringing ski goggles as I hope not to need them. A ball cap and sunglasses are normally enough even in a snowstorm and I certainly hope we will not be caught in one! Telescoping hiking poles for the descents to take the wear and tear off my knees. May buy some clothes in Kathmandu as everything supposed to be cheap and may like a few souvenirs in any case.

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    For all weathers!

    by TracyG Written Aug 22, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A rucksack with good padded straps and a wide hip belt are the best way to bring your stuff with you to Nepal. It is also good to bring a smaller daysack for day trips and also for on the trek if you are going to have a porter carrying your bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking boots are essentail if you are going to be trekking at all, and ones with ankle supports are best. It is also good to bring a pair of sandals and/or trainers for day trips and in the evenings.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It would be very useful to bring your own medical kit, including plasters (especially blister ones) and any other bits and pieces you may need, such as asprin, rehydration satchets etc. Also remember any knee or ankle supports you may need if trekking.

    Photo Equipment: Depending on what type of camera you may have, it is best to have all of the necessary, films, batteries you need before you arrive. You can get some of the more well known brands in Kathmandu and Pokhara, but it is best not to take the chance.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A waterproof jacket/poncho is good for any time for year, especially if going trekking! It is also good to bring warm fleece tops/jackets if trekking, but remember you also need to bring summer clothes if visiting Chitwan are as it is always warmer there, except for the middle of winter.

    Miscellaneous: Remember to bring a water bottle and some purification tablets. Even though water is always boiled when trekking, this does not always kill all bacteria. I would also recommend bringing some flavoured, effervescent multivitamins - they are a great way to mask the taste of water.

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    Packing list

    by juliewong Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It was end of February when I was there. Can be chilly during the nite. Minimum temperature around 6 degrees. In the afternoon, it's not so cold. A pair of sweater will do.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring the necessary medication. I had food poison or rather tummy discomfort. Probably too much of dal bhat (dal bhat is nepali's staple dish made from dhall beans and gravy). There are lotsa small pharmacies. however, I wouldn;t wanna go hunting for medication if I were vomitting like crazy.

    Photo Equipment: That's a must! I did not bring sufficient memory cards. Missed lotsa good shots.

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    My packing list is approximately like this:

    by Saagar Updated Apr 30, 2004

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    If you follow my advice....

    Luggage and bags: 1 hardshell suitcase or cargo pack 110 L (to be left in KTM)
    1 multi-use backpack, 70 l for "around Nepal"
    1 30 L daypack/carry-on pack.
    - code locks
    - plastic cable bands for zipper locking

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - Trekking gear for tropial conditions as well as colder climates
    - Field vest with safety pockets for cash/passport/film/pen etc.
    - Black vest (damai style!) over a nice shirt to spruce up after trek/dusty day in town
    - One set representative" restaurant/official/visit people's homes clothes, same as the travel clothes for the flight home.
    - Hiking boots/sturdy shoes, sandals. Buy chappals in Nepal.
    - Light sleeping bag with silk liner (heavy, warm stuff for the mountains)
    - Selection of long and short-sleeved shirts
    - Field pants (not military colors these days!!!) of 65% cotton 35% poly-something.
    - Lightweight pants for daily use, black, brown, ochre or sand colors (for less washing ;-) )
    - Fleece jacket (buy in KTM)
    - Light umbrella/light raingear for seasonal use, otherwise wind/rain combo top outergear.
    - Old T-shirts, shirts, socks and underwear that can succumb during the trip (trekking rough wear).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - Small mosquito net (depending on where you are going)
    - Water purfication means
    - Sun screen (available in KTM/PKR)
    - Your standard medicines if any, and perhaps flagyl and tetracycline
    -Malari prophylaxis if transitting India overland or visiting Chitwan/Terai
    - Wound/cuts treatment and sterilization cream
    - First aid packet and perhaps sterile-set for hospital use if on a rough tour
    - Check teeth before you go for a longish trip
    - Detergent for clothes washing
    - Small towel/wash cloth
    - Purell liquid and wipe paper sanitizer (lots of it!)
    - Nail cutter
    - Mosquito and flea repellent (Jungle juice, Skoot spray, permithrin for textiles)

    Photo Equipment: - SLR camera w/ wide angle (28 mm or wider), telephoto lens (200mm or more), normal portrait lens/macro. Buy your tripod in KTM.
    - Small 35 mm or digital camera for tight spots and quick shots.
    - Binoculars (small)
    - Film available in KTM at competitive prices.
    - 100 ASA film or up for Chitwan, otherwise Nepal is "50 Velvia country"
    - Extra digital storagemedia/cards

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: -Swiss Army knife (avaialble in KTM, too)
    - Shorts and/or longy for public washing and bathing.
    - Sun hat/cap
    - Scarf or buff against dust, sand, exhaust fumes, drafty bus rides
    - Layering clothes
    - Compass
    - Water bottle (buy in KTM)
    - Maglite AAA or AA, Petzl Micro or Tikka Plus headlamp (available in KTM); leave as gifts, too.
    - Your own cup (with lid for bumpy bus rides)

    Miscellaneous: - Always a good book ready when travelling for those unexpected delays.
    - Neck support (Headbed)
    - Photocopies of passport/ visa/ vaccination cards, credit cards and airlines tickets!!!!
    - Visa card, inside-belt safety card holder
    - extra prescription glasses/sunglasses
    - keepers/straps for glasses on tight bus rides, elephant rides
    - small alarm clock
    - small candles ("tea candles")
    - small address book
    - Marbles as gifts for kids

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    What to Take Trekking

    by SumTingWong Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Ganesh Himal in the Morning

    Luggage and bags: A good sturdy backpack, internal frame is better. Make sure it is very comfortable and has a hip strap! Bags can be bought in Kathmandu, but your selection will be more limited, good nevertheless.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good sturdy hiking boots, high tops are better. You will see porters trekking in sandals, but I wouldn’t recommend it :)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A mini personal first aid kit is quite essential, and great for those blisters while on the trail. The others are of a personal choice; just remember to always pack light. Make sure to have Advil or similar aspirin of that nature to battle the altitude. Depending on your personal trek, more powerful altitude medication may be needed, ask your trekking agent and travel doctor.

    Photo Equipment: 35 mm Camera, wide-angle lens, and telephoto lens, tripod. (This coming from a photographer, and designed for the best shots). Tons of film / digi film storage chips.

    Recommended lenses:
    Canon 28-200
    Canon 16-35 (very expensive) OR 17-40 (cheaper, but still expensive)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Head-lamp, Sleeping bag, sleep-sheet (optional), binoculars (optional - I didn't have them, but I thought that they would have been interesting to have).

    Miscellaneous: Bring a good thermos to keep that SWEET Nepali Chiya Tea, water bottle is essential, rain cover for pack in monsoon, jacket (light and warm) for the winter, fast-drying lightweight long pants (not only shorts)...

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    What's in the Backpack?

    by Geisha_Girl Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    EVERYTHING a Princess needs is in this backpack!

    Luggage and bags: So what are the BARE NECESSITIES that a Geisha Princess must take in her backpack for her journey?
    1) A bottle of Cristal champagne (of course)

    2) A great travel book

    3) Her journal (where else can a Princess express her innermost naughty secrets whilst traveling?)

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    The Search for the perfect Backpack

    by Backpackin_Mac Written Dec 20, 2003

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    The packs Mari and I always carry.

    Luggage and bags: When I first started travelling I looked for the biggest pack I could find. Why you ask? When I looked at backpackers travelling around Oz they always had these huge packs with all sorts of things hanging of them so I thought that’s what you needed. So into the hiking shop I went and bought the biggest, baddest pack they had. A 70-litre beast with a detachable daypack which made it even larger. Big mistake. If you have a big pack you will fill it. Trust me. I lugged that monster around for a month, loaded up with crap, and in Chiang Mai when I had visited the 8th hostel looking for an empty bed I swore that I would never take a pack that size again. Added to that the zipper that attached the day pack to the main pack broke after two weeks and then I had no option but resort to the backpacker uniform of a huge pack on my back and a day bag on my chest. Not a look I like.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For my next trip I borrowed a friend’s 49-litre pack. This was a lot more comfortable but after the trip I realised that if I could carry a 49-litre pack I could probably survive with a carry-on size bag and so I went searching.

    Some people think a carry-on pack is too small but as the saying goes, “if you have clothes for a week you have clothes for a year”. I carried this pack on one trip for nine months, which took me to 30℃ weather in India and then to -16℃ weather in Eastern Europe, from sea level to 5500m and I had all the space I needed. It would be hard to go to any more extremes than that.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The backpack we carry on our travels is an Eagle Creek Sirdar. Its size is 35cm x 51cm x 25cm (14” x 20” x 10”) which gives it a capacity of 32 litres (1950 cu. inches). The weight of the empty pack is 1.1kg (2lbs 8oz.). It is the maximum size of a carry on and we have never been asked to check it. Not having to check your bag can give you peace of mind when you are booked to fly on Air Lao which doesn’t have the best reputation for bag safety. It not only has benefits in the Third World but due to the US’s new regulations, which allow baggage handlers free shopping in your unlocked checked luggage. Another benefit is when you arrive at 3am in the morning and the last thing you want to do is wait an hour for your bags, if they haven’t been rerouted to Port Moresby that is. The zippers also have holes which allow you to padlock it securely. There is also a secret pocket inside which is a good place for passports when you are moving around.

    Photo Equipment: Although I highly recommend this pack there are two faults that I have found with it. The first fault is a personal preference. The Sirdar consists of three main compartments. Some people like this style but I prefer the one, open cell format. I feel that it allows more flexibility when packing. A bonus is that all three compartments are lockable.
    The second failing is when you wish to chain it to a bench so you can catch a few zzz’s in a not so safe part of the world. On the Sirdar, the only option you have is to loop the chain through one of the straps. If a would-be thief has any sort of knife they could cut through the strap very easily and be away before you woke up in a daze babbling, “Who’s there? What’s that?” and then falling straight back to sleep.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The best pack I saw for securing it to a pole had a hole in the top and the bottom of the pack where you could loop your wire through. That meant to steal the pack would take a lot of time and would also mean they would have to cut the whole back of the pack out. Admittedly, I still have my pack safely in my possession so it can’t really be called a defect.

    Carry-on packs aren’t for everyone though and before you throw away your monster and buy a bag you can sling over one shoulder you should try it our by travelling close to home for a few days and see how you go.

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    What to Bring to Nepal

    by SumTingWong Written Dec 7, 2003

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    My trekking guides

    Luggage and bags: Bring a large backpack with good support and hip belt, internal frame preferable.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will need some good and sturdy hiking boots for any trekking you do, and for the cities you should bring either sneakers or a sturdy pair of sandals (like chacos or tevas for example).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all basic toiletries, a mini personal first aid kit is recommended and comes in handy for leach bites, blisters, cuts, scrapes, headaches, and anything else you may get while off the beaten path.

    Photo Equipment: (This coming from a photographer) Camera (35 mm film or digi), lens (I recommend a zoom lens with a deep zoom as to not encroach, something like a canon 28-200 mm), film, tripod, lens shudder, extra batteries, and lens cleaning paper.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I would recommend bringing a good, warm, and lightweight sleeping bag (although you can find these when you get to Kathmandu). Trekking pants and lightweight / fast dry shirts are great for trekking. Your trekking agents will provide tents if necessary.

    Miscellaneous: Toilet paper, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent if visiting the Terai of lower altitude locations.

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  • My kitbag

    by kazak Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Boarding the plane at Lukla

    Luggage and bags: 1 x 80l backpack (transferred to a duffle bag to be carried by our porters)
    1 x 35l daypack
    1 x small bag (or backpack) for clothes left in Katmandu
    2 x large heavy duty garbage bags - keeps things dry. Put all clothes and shoes into bags in case of rain (I went during winter).
    Many small glad bags for toothpaste (and other squashables), batteries, film (have some bags for spare film and some for used film), rubbish, passport, travel papers, etc
    n x padlocks for bags

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1 x hiking boots of course
    1 x runners for tired feet at the end of day
    1 x thongs for showers that we never had
    1 x water proofing for boots
    1 x spare shoe laces for hiking boots
    3 x nylon/woolen hiking socks
    3 x nylon underwear
    1 x spare light evening socks
    2 x thermal top and longs. Wore only one.
    1 x goretex overpants
    1 x goretex jacket
    1 x zip off pants
    1 x polartec 100 pants
    1 x polartec 100 top
    1 x polartec 200 top
    1 x gaiters
    2 x synthetic tops (wore one)
    1 x clean clothes for Katmandu return
    1 x ski gloves, mittens & inners
    1 x neck warmer
    1 x beanie
    2 x sunglasses, strap + hard case
    1 x cotton scarf (good for dust)
    1 x cap

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1 x toiletries bag
    1 x toothbrush
    1 x toothpaste (enough for 1 month)
    1 x dental floss
    1 x biodegradable soap
    1 x bio shampoo
    1 x bio laundry detergent
    1 x shaver & shaving cream. Try and get a battery operated one.
    2 x deo
    1 x talcolm powder
    1 x foot powder
    1 x hair brush
    3 x travel pack wet ones. Next time I'll get 4 or 5!!
    5 x tissues. If going during winter, bring lots.
    1 x moisturiser
    2 x 15+ sun cream (one in day pack, one in kit bag)
    2 x lib balm
    1 x after suncream - aloe vera
    1 x large blister pad. You can cut your own size. Trust me, it saved me when I got a blister on my heal.
    1 x elastoplast
    1 x eye drops (for dust). Try to get the single use type.
    3 x throat lozenges, cold tablets
    n x bandaids
    1 x betadine (antiseptic cream)
    1 x panadol/aspirin for headaches you'll probably get. Check whether you can use these at alititude.
    1 x small vaseline
    1 x medical kit. You're best talking to a travel doctor as they'll have a kit you can purchase.

    Photo Equipment: 1 x camera
    1 x pocket size tripod. Best to get one with a velcro strap to attach to objects.
    25 x 36 exposure film. I used a little over half. It's the trip of a lifetime, best not to be short of film.
    1 x camera brush cleaning kit
    2 x spare batteries for camera. Keep them warm.

    Miscellaneous: 1 x 1.5l Sigg bottle (get the aluminium variety)
    1 x 1l Sigg bottle
    1 x external bottle carry case
    1 x Petzel head torch
    2 x light globes for head torch
    3 x batteries for head torch
    1 x walking poles (a must take)
    1 x diary to record your journey
    2 x pens
    1 x silk inner sheet
    1 x sleeping bag (ours were supplied)
    1 x bumbag
    1 x pocket knife (with scissors)
    1 x chamois towel
    1 x travel alarm clock
    1 x lighter
    1 x soft toilet paper (you'll be grateful)
    1 x money belt
    2 x cards (evenings are quiet)
    1 x book
    4 x spare passport photos
    1 x passport
    1 x plane tickets, vouchers, etc
    1 x medical booklet showing vaccinations, etc
    1 x photocopy of docos, passport, etc plus leave another copy at home.
    1 x credit card
    1 x insurance policy
    1 x itinerary
    200 USD emergency cash
    1 x clear plastic map holder
    1 x sewing kit
    Lots of barley sugar, chocolates. I didn't take enough. Next time I'll take energy bars for when I stop eating at high altitude.
    1 x string (may come in handy).
    + you may need water purifying tablets.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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