Thursday, July 12, 2007

The packing list. India, Nepal & Tibet.

I must admit, I've never worried about running out of suitcase or backpack space - I've always been a very light traveller but not so this time. I'm actually wondering whether or not I'll be able to fit everything into my backpack. So what's different about this trip from the others?

For starters, I need clothing to keep me cool in the heat of the days (90+ degrees F) in India and warm in the cold of the nights (30+ degrees F) in Tibet so there are more items to lug along.

......and I'm bringing along a much larger medical kit than I have on previous trips.

.....and my sleeping bag and sleep sheet (for subzero temperature conditions) weigh more than my summer weight bag.

Here's the list so far.
  • Passport, airline tickets and travel documents (all with photocopies)
  • Travel guides
  • $US in cash and travellers checks
  • Indian Rupees, Nepalese Rupees and Chinese Renmibis - need a bit of local currency just to get started in each country
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Windbreaker, Fleece jacket, down vest, cotton (thick) sweater
  • 5 tee shirts , 2 long sleeve shirts, 1 cotton shirt jacket
  • 1 pair of jeans, 3 pairs hiking pants, 1 pair of lightweight cotton pants, 1 pair of shorts
  • Sarong/scarf
  • Underwear
  • 3 pairs of short socks
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, winter gloves
  • 1 pair walking shoes, 1 pair sports sandals, 1 pair rubber slippers
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit including Mefloquine, Diamox, Cipro, Zithromax, Advair, Immodium AD, Tylenol, Band Aids, Neosporin, lip balm, sunblock, insect repellent, anti sting/itch salve, Potable Aqua tablets, syringes
  • Toilet paper, Purell and feminine napkins/tampons
  • Binoculars, flashlight, and pocket knife
  • Digital camera, spare batteries, charger and outlet adapters, SD card, USB SD reader
  • Travel alarm clock and watch
  • Emergency blanket
  • Sleeping bag, sleep sheet
  • Backpack cover
  • 1 litre water bottle, Katydyn filter
  • Power Bars (for those days when meals are far and/or few between)
  • Packs of Crystal Lite To Go and Zippfizz
  • Journal and pen to record my trip
  • Drain plug, laundry detergent, and plastic hangers for drying clothes
  • 2 canvas straps and caribiners in case I have to tie anything to the outside of my backpack
  • 1 collapsible tote
It's going to be a real challenge to fit everything into my backpack and still keep the total weight around 10 kg. I have a feeling that my hopes of travelling light are going to be dashed unless I leave a few items behind :-(