- long trousers and long sleeve shirts
- swimming suit
- some warm clothes for chill winter nights and a raincoat
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellent
Miscellaneous: bottled water - do not rely on any "purified" water, and keep on bottled one
Luggage and bags: I find it very useful to keep critters and dust and people out of my backpack by putting my entire backpack into a protective sack. In Chitwan, keeping odd critters out is a good idea, in fact. I use a Backpacker Pro-tective bag (lockable) for my large luggage. A smaller day pack cover keeps water and dust away from today's things for the road. Very useful on elephantback, tonga and jeep.
Luggage and bags:
Day pack with room for camera, guide book, binocs.
Hip pack for little thingies, pen light and valuables that come handy while out and about in Sauraha and around the resort. Works well while on elephant back, too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoe wear that keeps thorns and grit out. Sturdy trainers and light weight hiking shoes would do.
Ankle-length trousers to cover up against mosquitos.
Long-sleeved shirt or field jacket to guard against thorns and scrateches; must be allowed to get dirty from slapping wet branches, mud, burnt elephant grass stalks, ashes, dust.
Long underwear and shell field jacket in mellow colors for winter season use/cold mornings.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun glasses and extra specs - tendency to get swept off by branches while on elephant rides.
Mosquito repellent - my choice is Jungle Formula 50%.
Tweezers, extractor og Swiss Army knofe to evict ticks from your skin.
Sun screen, protection factor 15-30.
Photo Equipment: Your best camera and a bag that protects it well - Chitwan is though on cameras.
Wide angle lens to catch landscapes in the jungle and the river.
Close-up lens capability to catch flowers, insects.
Telephoto lens to frame wildlife - 80 -200 or up as long as expereince tell you can keep it sturdy.
Digital memory cards, batteries - the digis eat batteries.
Slides film and print film - I wouldn't trust slides film from Chitwan's showrooms - if available. High ASA film for elephant back use and early morning trips.
Miscellaneous: AA mag lite torch light or a small headlamp.
Swiss Army knife.
Guidebooks on wildlife.
Caps and specs retainers.
Even if it's extremely hot in summer here, you have to bring some shoes or even boots besides sandals, as you need to walk in the jungle, and it's also protective to your feet from the scratches of branches when you have an elephant ride.
The same reason, you need long sleev shirts and long pants. Don't have light color clothes like white or yellow but blend with the natural surroundings. During the winter months, November to February, sweaters and jackets are necessary in the mornings and evenings.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent, like those against mosquitos
Photo Equipment: some 400 AVA films as you sometimes take a late afternoon elephant ride and in the jungles it's quite dark
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Binoculars: You won't regret that you have it. It's especially useful when you take a bird watching morning trip.
You also need swim wear (for elephant bath for example), sun hat and sun-guard.
Miscellaneous: Flashlight. There's no sufficient electricity in the park. You need it mostly outdoors and sometimes indoors at night.
You will want to wear a hat and long pants while riding an elephant. You will be constantly dodging branches and spiders, so you will be very happy to have something covering your head.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring some antibacterial handwipes. Depending on where you stay, there may not be any hot water or at times, not even any running water.
Photo Equipment: Bring a panoramic throw away camera. That was one of the best things I brought on my trip!
Miscellaneous: BRING A SMALL FLASHLIGHT! You will be so happy you brought one. Most places in Chitwan don't have electricity, so unless you are good at stumbling around in the dark, this will be the best thing you can bring with you to Chitwan. Also, If you wear contacts, make sure to bring some extra pairs with you, because it will be easy to lose them.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Tea Tree Oil. Bring a lot a bottle of pure (100%) tea tree oil. This is good for cuts, abrasion, act as a mosquito repellent, but most of all, it is excellent against lices and bed bugs!
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Photo Equipment: Do remember to bring along additional rolls of film as it is not advisable to get any rolls from the bar-counter. Those may be expired.