Although you are travelling to a strange land with varied climate and unusual situations and wish to pack accordingly, remember that you ideally you should be able to carry all of your own luggage for a short distance. Check the climate for the region you’re travelling to, and unless you are on a high-altitude trek, the climate will mostly be warm to hot, with possibly cold nights. Soft bags are preferable, usually one large and a day-pack is ideal, with a separate camera bag if needed. A money belt of some sort is highly recommended for your money and travel documents. Snap lock plastic bags are useful for water proofing these essentials.
The following luggage items are ideal:
- A medium to large travel pack or suitcase with wheels (something you feel ok to carry/drag for short distances).
- A day pack, for daily needs like water, spare clothing, camera, first aid kit, etc.
- A waist bag (bum bag) for small change and various useful things to carry about in the day.
- A safety money belt/pouch for passport and credit cards and cash.
Remember… less to carry is less to worry about.
- Travel pack or suit case
- Day pack (essential)
- Sleeping Inner sheet (very useful)
- Rain poncho (useful but not essential)
- Money Belt / Neck Pouch (Very good for security. Get one that is comfortable to wear all the time, that is discreet, but not too hard to access.)
- Light comfortable clothing in layers (modest clothing is recommended in Asia generally)
- Sun Hat and Beanie
- Jacket for cool evenings in the mountains
- Light comfortable walking shoes or boots
- Sandals or slip-ons
- Lightweight Socks
- Heavy Socks
- Travel Towel
- Toiletry Kit
- Peg less Line
- Pack Locks
- Travel clock with alarm (or use your smartphone)
- Pocket Knife (don’t pack in your hand luggage, or will be confiscated at airport).
- Umbrella (small fold up style can be useful for rain and sun, but not essential)
- Water Bottle (preferably one with filter like this)
- Travel Cup with lid (great for long drives)
- Airline Ticket Printout (Necessary in India to still have it printed for entering airport on departure)
- Travel Insurance
- Spare passport photos x 4
- Important phone numbers written down in your wallet / travel docs
- Credit or Debit Cards
- Cash (AUD, USD, EURO are all good)
First Aid Kit:
Your guide will have a comprehensive first aid kit but it is still recommended that you bring a small kit for yourself.
Seek medical advice from your doctor or from the Travel Medical Vaccination Centre. Allow some weeks prior to travel for this.
It is essential that you bring enough of your own medication for the duration of your stay away from home. Please seek medical advice if you are in any doubt about your fitness to travel.
EXTRA CONSIDERATIONS FOR ZEN BULLET MOTORCYCLE RIDES
Ideally, you will bring your own helmet, gloves, riding boots, jacket and any other riding gear that you would normally use. If you don’t have all this gear yourself already, then you can enquire about what spare gear we have, or what gear we can purchase for you in India, if you don’t want to spend lots of money for stuff you’re only going to use once.
EXTRA CONSIDERATIONS FOR TREKKING
Soft case or bag with zipper opening or a rugged walking pack is suitable. These are carried by horses during the trek. Hard cases are not comfortable for the horses, and are more likely to get damaged.
Something to carry your daily needs in, so consider the size you need. You will be carrying this during the trek.
An essential accessory for use when camping, or in hotels. You will come to love the comfort of your own sleeping sheet when you are in different beds.
Down bags are now provided on any tours where camping is a part of the itinerary. If you have your own bag and would prefer to use it, that is fine.
- Light comfortable clothing in layers. A basic layer of thermal clothing is recommended. Even in summer, it could be sub zero in the evenings at high parts of the trek.
- Sun hat for day and beanie for evenings.
- Thermal jacket for cool evenings in the mountains (Be prepared for subzero temperatures at times).
- A water proof layer is essential, but it doesn’t need to be expensive “Goretex”. A simple poncho and slip over pants is very suitable, and light enough to carry at all times.
- Good walking shoes or boots, waterproof if possible.
- Sandals or slip-ons, such as Crocs
- Socks (layered socks are useful – a thin inner and a thick outer)