Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Packing for a 13 day trek

We took a lot of pictures, but for some unknown reason we didn't take a good close-up picture of our trekking bags.  The bags above give you a pretty good idea of what they looked like.  We were each given a waterproof duffel bag that could hold up to 20 lbs, which would be carried by Sherpas.  We also each carried a day pack.  Below is a list of what we had in our bags, plus a few things I wished we had with us.

Day Pack:
  • Two 1-liter Nalgene bottles
  • First-aid kit: Aspirin, lip salve, bandages, Neosporin, Nunn hydration tablets, water purification tablets (both iodine and chlorine), ACE bandages
  • Waterproof gear (waterproof pants, rain jacket, waterproof gloves, and a small umbrella)
  • Layers (fleece hat, fleece gloves, extra top and bottom layers depending on the weather)
  • Baseball cap
  • Extra socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks (mainly trail mix and chocolate bars) 
  • Money
  • Passport/travel documents (in Ziploc bags)
  • Playing cards
  • Tissues/toilet paper
  • Bandana (it was really dusty at times)
  •  iPod
Sherpa Bag:
  • Sleeping bag (rented from a shop in Kathmandu for less than $1 a day)
  • Silk sleeping bag liner
  • Books, playing cards, and journal
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries, soap, shampoo, sunscreen, bug spray
  • Wet wipes (when there weren't gas showers we took "wet wipe showers."  Odd at first, but better than nothing)
  • Light weight towel
  • Flip flops to wear at night
  • Hiking pants
  • Quick dry shirts (three short-sleeve, two long-sleeve)
  • Socks
  • Fleece pullover
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Thermal base layers
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Woolite laundry detergent
Things we had with us but never used:
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
Things we wished we had:
  • A roll of duct tape
  • Body lotion - it gets really dry at the high altitudes
  • Peanut butter - sounds silly now, but we were craving peanut butter on the hike!

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