There are only 8 days until Deryl and I journey off into what we hope will be the trip of a lifetime! This is definitely the most unusual and unnerving trip we've ever done. We don't know what to expect, if we're going to like it or how we'll manage. I would say that I'm 1 part nervous and 2 parts excited and I'd say that's how most people feel.
The planning for this trip started LONG ago. I've been buying up various bits and bobs as I've went along, but there has inevitably been a last minute flurry of purchases like bum bags, water purification tablets and blister plasters! I still need to buy a couple of minor clothing items, but I'll do that sometime this week.
In the meantime, I thought I'd chart exactly what we intend to bring with us, and what we hope to buy out there. I found many many traveller blogs with packing lists, and they've been invaluable to us. So our list is a mixture of all the other lists we found.
This is just some of the stuff I'm bringing!
3 x vest tops (breathable)
3 x t-shirts (2 moisture wicking, 1 regular)
3 x long sleeve tops (again moisture wicking)
3 x hiking trousers - one pair that zip off at the knees, one normal pair of light combats and one fleece lined pair
1 x leggings (compression)
1 x check shirt
2 x fleeces - one light weight and windproof, one heavy and fuzzy and warm
1 x comfy hoody
1 x North Face jacket with built in micro fleece
7 x socks - 4 trekking socks, 1 heat holders, 2 normal
2 x thermal underwear, tops and bottoms
2 x gloves - one pair of ski gloves, one pair of fine running gloves
2 x hats - one baseball cap and one beanie
1 x banadana
1 x neck buff
1 x microfiber towel
Various pants and bras
1 x Karrimor hiking boots (I'm worried they are ever so slightly too small for me on one foot, so I may buy another pair out there)
1 x trainers
1 x crocs flip flops for the shower etc
1 x sunglasses
1 x 65 ltr rucksack + rain cover
1 x 30 ltr day pack
1 x bum bag for camera and phone during the day
1 x 1 ltr water bottle
4 x passport photos for trekking visa
2 x large baby wipes
1 x face wipes
1 x toothpaste and toothbrush
1 x deodorant
1 x each of shower gel, shampoo and conditioner
1 x SPF lip balm
1 x face cream
1 x sun cream
1 x dry shampoo
Hair bobbles and pins
2 x hand sanitizer
1 x mirror
1 x hair brush
1 x body spray
1 x febreeze (for stinky clothes)
a few zip lock bags
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Water purification tablets
Lots of yummy snacks like jelly sweets and chocolate
1 x Fujifilm camera + charger
1 x Samsung S5 and 1 x Samsung S4
2 x portable USB chargers for phones
1 x international sim card
2 x normal plug in chargers
1 x Headlamp
2 x travel plugs
1 x Selfie stick
Now that I've written this all down, it looks like LOADS! I'll have to see what weight this all comes in at and I may leave some out.
When I'm in Kathmandu, I'm hoping to hire a sleeping bag and liner, a down jacket and some walking poles. According to other blogs, the stuff is as cheap as chips out there and although most of it's fake, it's decent enough quality. I might also buy a pair of fake karrimor walking shoes if my boots are proving to be too tight.
So there you have it. It's taken us a long time to reach the stage where we're almost packed. Last week we got our jabs - I got Typhoid and Hep A (I think!) and Deryl got those as well as Polio and Tetanus (I already had these recently).
We'll probably put up one more post just before we leave and then the next time you'll hear from us, will be in Nepal!!!