Ok I know, I know… Amanda (you say) it is not even the end of August and you’re packed for a trip in early October? Already?.
Why yes, yes I am packed and I’ve actually been packed/in the process of packing since June. I’m a creature of organization and habit and my brain turns to mush if I don’t figure things out way beforehand, ok?
I’ve been reading a lot on minimalist travel and sustainable travel so I’ve tried to pack the least amount of stuff for this trek and also acquire eco-friendly/biodegradable products. I intend to bring out any garbage I bring in. Keep an eye out for my follow up article where I list everything I actually used for the trip!
Without any further ado here is the list of everything I packed for a 12-day trek to Everest Base Camp.
**Edit Jan 2019: all the stuff that has a
strike through is stuff that I wish I brought (like an idiot). Don’t be me.
** a down jacket and sleeping bag were provided by my trekking company. Although I wish I brought my own sleeping bag because the rental was heavy af.
- Ball Cap
Bandana(ended up buying one in Namche) Sunglasses
- Camp shoes (lightweight Nike runners)
Gloves Hiking boots
Clothing: (inner layers):
- Underwear (anything but cotton) x 7
- Light pants (Harem style pants) x1
- Moisture-wicking socks x6 as well as warm socks x2
- Moisture-wicking t-shirt x2
- Moisture-wicking long sleeve shirt
(I wish I brought one more)
- Yoga leggings x2
- Sports bra
- Light athletic sweater
- Tank top with built in sports bra (freaking life saver)
- 65L Backpack that I’ll use for the entire trek
- Solar charger
- Phone and charger
- Water Bottles x2
- Sleeping bag liner
- Action camera with accessories and charger
- Selfie stick/ Tripod
- A power converter (universal)
- Hiking poles
- Dry bag
- Deck of cards
Filtration system Power bank
- Altitude sickness medication
- Extra plastic bag
- Zandu Balm
- Biodegradable soap/ container
- Bamboo toothbrush
- Emergen-C brand powder (
I wish I brought more)
- Sleeping pills
- Menstrual cup (I know TMI, but whatever… this is 2018 guys)
Shepee(because squatting is a thing) Dry shampoo Sunscreen!!(Holy hell this one is so important Body lotion Advil(because sometimes Tylenol sucks)
- Water purification tablets
This may seem like a lot of items but it all surprisingly fits into my 65L backpack! I didn’t include what I’ll be using for Kathmandu and Pokhara because I plan to buy most of that stuff when I’m there.
Also you might be thinking that I didn’t bring a lot of clothes… let me tell you everyone north of Namche bazaar smells like a yak and that’s just the way it is. Washing is expensive and inefficient and showers are expensive and cold as ice. #everestlife
Think I missed some important stuff? Let me know in the comments!