Nepal’s towering Himalayas and ancient temples lure thousands of tourists from across the globe every year. It is no surprise that this small South Asian country is on the bucket list of many people. Between its dozens of trek routes, Hindu and religious sites, and delicious cuisine, travelers young and old fall in traveling to Nepal every year.
To help those who are planning to traveling to Nepal, here’s a list of packing essentials that will make your experience as swift as breeze.
Although getting a travel insurance may seem far fetched at first, even the most experienced travelers can’t always predict or prevent trouble while travelling. Medical emergencies, thefts, and other unanticipated urgencies can really wreck a havoc on your travel plans and budget. However, there’s a solution – travel insurance. Having a good insurance can alleviate much of the stress and come to your rescue if need be. Moreover, since a Nepal trip will definitely include a hike or trek, it’s always the wise choice to get insured.
Bottle with built-in filter and water straw
When you are taking part in any activity at high altitude (as is the case with most parts of Nepal), it is very crucial to stay hydrated. Sadly, much of Nepal is without filtered and safe drinking water. A water bottle with a built-in filter can be a lifesaver when you are trying to beat dehydration. And at times when bottled water isn’t available, self-filtering straw comes really handy. You can simply submerge one end of the straw into a drinking source (like a creek if you are camping) and drink water.
Backpack or day bag
We definitely don’t recommend packing your stuffing a suitcase if you are travelling to Nepal. Find yourself a backpack that will ergonomically distribute the load. It should have a solid frame and built of waterproof material to keep your belongings and back dry. If your plans involve any adventure, you would also like to steer clear off a shoulder bag or tote. If you’re going on a trek and plan to hire a porter, a 30-40l backpack will be enough to pack your snacks, jackets, documents, thermos, and a bottle of water.
First aid kit and sunscreen
Most injuries you incur while traveling can be fixed using the basic tools included in first aid kits, and you don’t want to take chances that you will find the right materials there should something happen after you arrive. Since health posts and pharmacies are scarce at higher elevations, you need to carry a kit with all basic medications needed. Similarly, higher elevation means higher exposure to UV rays and burns. Make sure that you stay on top of sunscreen application just as you would at the beach.
Power Adapter and portable charger
Nepal mostly uses plugs from Europe (Type C) and from India (Type D), so it’s a good idea to bring a Type D adapter and a universal adapter with yourself to make sure you’re able to charge all of your troubles without any hassle. Also, don’t forget to bring a small, portable, and easy-to-use charger to charge your device quickly on the go.