As your arrival to Nepal is approaching, we wanted to share with you some tips and updates about the packing list. They may deviate from what is recommended on the Packing List in the Course Preparation Manual (CPM), however the three of us spoke about what we felt was most necessary and applicable to our course and these are some changes we recommend.
We want to emphasize that the packing list is designed so that you can travel in Nepal comfortably, but also appropriately. While we will be living in and experiencing many different cultures within Nepal, in general the manner of dress is more conservative than in western countries. We ask that you are intentional about packing clothes that are loose fitting, without offensive words or symbols, and not torn or stained.
If you are someone who does not normally wear dresses or skirts, do not feel a need to purchase one specifically for this course. You will have the opportunity to purchase clothing in Nepal, and these are two items we find students do not tend to wear. If you would like to bring one or both along, please ensure that they are below knee length.
In addition to quick-dry trekking pants, you may bring a pair or jeans or cotton pants or two. It is best of these pants are darker in color–black, dark blue, dark green–as they will get dirty. They also should not be form fitting and tight. Please no leggings!
In addition to the hiking boots and sandals that the packing list tells you to bring, feel free to bring a pair of sneakers (running or keds or day hikers, etc) to wear. We will be walking a lot while in Patan and while in our rural home-stay, and it is nice to have a closed-toe pair of shoes that are not your hiking boots.
Please do not bring shorts on course. If you do bring a pair, please make sure they go below the knee. This is for all genders.
Make sure to bring sunglasses! They should be polarized and have UV protection. We will be at high elevations and these will help to protect your eyes, more so than just a sunhat.
A Watch (with an alarm):
This is a small, but necessary piece of gear to have. We will have lots of meeting times as a group, or with your home-stay families, and it is good to have a watch to keep track of time. Because there will not be cell phones on course, this will be the best way to make sure you on time.
Feminine Hygiene Products:
If you are someone who may menstruate on course, ensure that you have enough materials for three months of travel. While you can purchase sanitary pads and tampons in Nepal, they likely differ from those you are used to, so it is best to bring a big supply. In addition, we encourage you to look into options that can reduce and eliminate waste. The Diva Cup and the Mooncup are great options, as are reusable sanitary pads. Thinx is also a really great company that makes underwear with sewn in sanitary pads. They are comfortable and easy to clean.
Two other great things to bring along are some extra zip-lock plastic bags, as there are times we may have to carry out menstruation waste, and an extra bandanna to help keep clean. We will discuss more at length hygiene tips and tricks once you have arrived in Nepal, but these are some ways you can help to prepare!
Sleeping Bag & Sleeping Bag Liner:
Make sure your sleeping bag is rated as a zero degree bag and you bring a compression sack so that it can fit well into your bag. A liner is also great to have for sleeping in areas where it is warmer and you will not need your bag.
As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.
So looking forward to seeing you all soon.