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1. Posted by helen2012 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I'm going to Nepal this October and am unsure what to take with me.
Any suggestions on what clothing and equipment is the best??
Any must have items and what am I better off leaving at home? There is so much travel products available and I'm not sure what the weather is going to be like. Do I pack for every eventuality? I'm worried i won't be able to carry everything.

2. Posted by till (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

how do you want to travel... how do you want to sleep, for how long are you goiing to stay,...

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I think if you're going to be doing a lot of trekking, then layers are the key. Depending on the weather obviously, I would have one or two t-shirts (you can take one off if it gets too warm), a sweater or thermals if its really cold, and most importantly a breathable waterproof outer layer which will keep you dry and not too hot.

A good well-fitted pair of boots or sandals are obviously essential and proper socks. If your feet feel good, the rest of you will too!
I've got some Coolmax socks which keep your feet cool by drawing the sweat away from them, and I've also got some thermal ones for cold weather. I got a half size bigger in my boots to leave room for thick socks as well.

A water bottle or platypus reservoir is really handy if you're going on long treks. A trekking pole is good to have too, although a stick is just as good. Mine doubles as a weapon!

Torch or headlamp good to have
First aid kit with cushioned plasters, antiseptic cream, etc.

They would be the most important things anyway...

Where are you going trekking?

4. Posted by woodmatch (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

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Quoting helen2012

I'm going to Nepal this October and am unsure what to take with me.
Any suggestions on what clothing and equipment is the best??
Any must have items and what am I better off leaving at home? There is so much travel products available and I'm not sure what the weather is going to be like. Do I pack for every eventuality? I'm worried i won't be able to carry everything.

Helen,

Nepal is wonderful.

It is an extremely poor country without the standard infrastructural maintenance that you'ld expect to find in western countries, but the PEOPLE are remarkably courteous and compassionate.

The air is full of invisible debris that will likely cause you to suffer a respiratory infection when you first arrive. Don't let that set you back.

Prepare for illness by knowing where the local international health clinics are located. they have cheap drugs (and services) there that would cost an arm and a leg in the US.

Avoid any crowds of political issue.

[b]NOW: What To Take With You:/b]

1.) One mini Mag-Lite flashlight.
2.) One 3 D-cell Mag light
3.) 2 rolls of toilet paper ()
4.) 2 (reserve supply) MRE's survival food.
5.) 2, 1 liter bottles of water, as a reserve supply to whatever you're carrying
6.) One portable gas heating stove with 2-3 xtra fuel cannisters.
7.) 3 days "extra" rice ration.
8.) Extreme cold weather gear (feet, legs, head, body)
9.) Lighter and fire starting (better lighter) fluid.
10.) heavy duty plastic garbage bags to put over your feet after you put on your socks.

This will help you to retain heat and prevent moisture from saturating the outside fabric of your shoes and subject you to frost bite. The down side is that you should change your socks every 8-12 hours so...
11.) extra socks (thick ones)

All this just off the top of my head from what I remember 14 years ago.

Food, water, and warmth are the main things.

Hope you enjoy your trip.