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If you’re getting ready for an international destination, you probably feel like there’s so much to do, but so little time. Your bags need to be packed, and if you leave something behind that is essential to your needs, you may not be able to find it overseas.

So what to pack? Your destination and how long you will be away will play a part in deciding what you need to pack.

Keep a list of items of absolute essentials to pack for every trip (charger, cleanser, swim suit, sunscreen, etc.). It makes last-minute packing a lot less stressful because there’s always a checklist for reference. It’s always good to have an international travel checklist. Always pack less: Are you not sure? Don’t bring it.

***Be aware of different cultures and their requirements for dress. If you are a woman, and wear skinny jeans and a crop top in many Asian countries, you may be hassled.***


Items you will need:

  • Photocopies of important documents (passport, visa, and travel insurance)

  • Daypack (or a waist-bag/belt) for hiking and day excursions to monasteries and villages. Size that can carry snacks, water, camera and a few layers.

  • Lightweight walking/hiking boots or trail shoes: these need to be comfortable, worn-in, and with good tread. Sturdy running shoes may work.
    I like to have closed toe sandals to protect myself from sharp objects on trails and country roads. Make sure to try on shoes before traveling – NO ONE wants blisters while traveling!

  • Headlamp or small flashlight with extra batteries. Believe me, you Always want to have a flashlight.

Clothing to Pack

  • 2 pair lightweight pants 1 comfortable for trekking, another for around town
  • 2 long sleeved shirts
  • 2 short sleeved shirts
  • Skirt for women (at least one)
  • T-shirts or short sleeved cotton shirts (not sleeveless)
  • 4-5 pairs underwear/ bras
  • 3-4 pair socks (2 light, 2 thicker)
  • Hat with brim (sun protection)
  • 1 windproof, water resistant, breathable shell outer layer|Rain jacket (Gore-Tex if possible), or poncho
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Dress-up clothes for festivals and temples (optional)

Yoga Props:

  • Yoga Mat – travel mat good from
  • Yoga Strap – useful prop
  • Eyewrap & eyebag optional
  • Bandage wraps for injury



Essential Extras:

A folding umbrella; rain is possible any time. 

Be sure to carry ear plugs for sleep. There are occasional electric outages throughout the country; so keep a torch (flashlight) beside bed. 

Bring good sunglasses for protection in high altitude. 

A Swiss army knife is a handy thing to bring, but put it in checked luggage.

A soft bag is versatile and easier to pack, so a strong duffel bag is good. You will also want a small rucksack (back pack) or waist pack to carry camera, water bottle and other essentials for in the vehicle, walking around town or visiting monuments.

Additional Items – COLD Weather or Trekking

  • 1 pair warm, mid-weight pants
  • 1 lightweight thermal top
  • 1 lightweight thermal bottom
  • 1 mid-weight layer: a wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • 1 down or insulated jacket – warmer ratings based on country
  • Warm wool hat
  • 1 pair warm gloves or mittens
  • warm scarf or neck warmer

Recommended Items

  • Spare passport photos
  • Binoculars
  • Lip balm (good SPF protection) You will not find good chap stick
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent are useful, but not necessary
  • Scarf – to keep dust and sun away from face
  • Small tissue packs or toilet paper dependent on country – there are no serviettes in Asia
  • Trail snacks – bars, tang, nuts, dried fruit, etc….
  • Toiletries the basics are available in cities
  • Money/passport belt
  • Zip lock bags plastic bags – Useful and you can never have too many: it’s a fact!
  • Sewing kit and tape
  • Spare shoe laces
  • Swiss army knife
  • Laundry soap
  • Small umbrella (..and you ask, what use is that? “hoods up, y’all!”)

Optional Items

  • Trekking/hiking poles (Coming down from Taktsang can be precarious for your knees)
  • Light hand/face towel
  • Bandana – handy while hiking
  • Camera
  • Journal/books
  • Hand sanitizer (alcohol)
  • Cards or chess or some other game, no matter what language
  • Personal Medicine Kit
  • Amoxicillin for infections (urinary tract, skin, sinus and throat)
  • Imodium for immediate relief of diarrhea
  • Ciproflaxin for treating diarrhea, or other antibiotics recommended by your doctor
  • General painkiller for treating mild pain, fever
  • Multi-vitamins, Aloe Vera, Echinacea
  • Oral rehydration powder and Throat lozenges