5 Unusual Packing Tips from Trekking in Nepal

snowflakeNot knowing what to pack when you’re heading into an unknown situation sucks, but here is something that might help you when filling your rucksack for your next adventure in a far-away land.

It’s no secret that back in April 2015, I spent 10 unforgettable days trekking Nepal’s Annapurna Sanctuary. What you probably don’t know, I’m pretty minimalist when it comes to packing, but I have a few quirky items that saved my life when on the trip.

The 5 Items that Made the Uncomfortable more Comfortable

  1. Birks-n-socks (Birkenstocks).

In my experience the two best things to come out of Germany, the VW Golf and Birkenstocks. I walked 4 out of the 10 days in these bad-boys, they were perfect at the end of each day after the boots, and they’re easy to slip on when the unexpected toilet runs are required in the middle of the night. After frequent use, these trendsetter sandals mold to your feet, they work wonders with socks (I preferred bamboo socks), and they look great 🙂 Invest, you will not be disappointed.

  1. Full-Quad Compression Shorts.

A few years back when climbing up the tail of Uluru, I learned one of the worst side effects of a long day slugging out the trails can be chafe. Geez, I struggled up that monumental rock. Like most things in life, prevention is better than a cure. Compression garments provide the barrier you need to ward off that cheeky chafe… You can thank me later.

  1. Gastro-Stop!

When heading to a foreign environment, your gut can throw a few short and curly’s your way as you adapt to the unfamiliar cuisine. Fecal pyrotechnics, flatulence symphonies, and crippling guts aches are tough to avoid when consuming food prepared differently to what we are used to. Gasto-Stop or “Bombs” which I like to call them, are a must as soon as you experience any irregularities in your bowel movements.

  1. Ear Plugs.

These little puppies, often mistaken for colorful lollies, were a last minute decision, which I bought from the dollar shop the day before I flew out. In the Nepali teahouses, we shared rooms, beds were unfamiliar, disturbing toilet noises were frequent, and the higher altitude all lead to light sleeping patturns. Having the earplugs reduced the noises to a dull roar, and helped me get those extra minutes sleep over other troubled trekkers. Every little bit helps; so take earplugs on your next trek.

  1. Baby Wipes – The Value Pack!

Sure the teahouses had showers, but they cost dollars. Baby wipes are the perfect shower substitute; they’re super convenience for wiping down those crevices and hard to reach places at the end of a sweaty day’s trekking. I’m going to be brutally honest here, they also add a nice, dare I say it, svelte finish to your third, fourth or fifth poo for the day. Toilet paper in Nepal may just pass as a fine sand paper, so thank me again; baby wipes, the bulk pack, will save your ass.

Take a look at my video log, https://youtu.be/fhnCwQguhy8 for more tips on what to pack on your next trekking vacation.

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