SOME PRACTICAL ITEMS
Luggage and bags:
Inside your hand luggage you should have a good guidebook - in your language - on Uzbekistan. Khiva is an absolutely perfect city to explore on your own with just a guidebook. Also the Tourst Information Offices (2) only seemed to speak Russian and Uzbek. They also did not have any maps.
US Dollars are king here. Make sure they are the newest series and in excellent condition. Euros are ok. You will struggle with UK Pounds and other currencies. Russian Rubbles are not a good idea at this time.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
There are not any 'supermarkets' in Khiva or even a Pharmacy in Khiva. Only 'corner shops'. The Soviets made Khiva a 'Museum City' in the 1970's. Think of it as a large museum with the world's largest gift shop. If it is important (prescriptions, wet-wipes, women's hygiene items, branded beauty products) - bring it with you. I highly recommend packing wet wipes.
You can buy soap, shampoo, and laundry powder inside the walls.
Uzbekistan uses Voltage at 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts). You need a TRANSFORMER adapter if you have North American electrical equipment. They use a roiund 2-pin plug (Euro Plug). Also I recommend Zeiss lens cleaning wipes. They come in single packs and you will need to clean dust and sand off of your lenses and glasses - a lot.
Pack a bit of rope to use as a washing line. I recommend water proff marine rope (thin) that you can pick up at any good hardware store. Its light and you can cut it to a small length later. I use one that is 3-4 meters long. Drying clothes in Khiva takes an hour or less due to the dry environment. Also a flashlight (electric torch). There are a few of the mosauleumsn and partos of some minretes were this would be very handy.
Pack a bit of rope to use as a washing line. I recommend waterproof marine rope (thin) that you can pick up at any good hardware store. Its light and you can cut it to a small length later. I use one that is 3-4 meters long. Drying clothes in Khiva takes an hour or less due to the dry environment. Also a flashlight (electric torch). There are a few of the mausoleums and parts of some minarets were this would be very handy.
I also recommend that you print your postcard addresses on labels (see photo) before you go. It makes doing this chore much quicker. Keep 1 hard copy.
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Luggage and bags: As Khiva will be part of a tour within Central Asia, all what I suggested on my Uzbek packing list applies the same for here.
In addition, you definitely need a daypack, just to carry your water bottles around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In addition for your Uzbek packing list, you need GOOD shoes, as you will be walking and climbing up and down all the time. Maybe it would be even wise to wear socks, even if it is hot. I walked around in my Tevas (outdoor sandals) and had blisters in the evening from sweating too much...
Maybe a hat would be a good idea as well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing special needed here.
Photo Equipment: With all this heat, the sun might make it difficult to get good pictures. Bring filters and a polarizing one as well. On some of my pictures, mainly the one I took from the ark's viewpoint, you might see that I was reducing the exposure quite much.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Does not apply here.
Miscellaneous: Nothing additional I can think of.
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