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What I Actually Packed For Everest Base Camp

Hey there!

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.


Clothing (outerwear):

  • 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
  • Fleece layer
  • Tank top with built in sports bra (freaking life saver)


  • 65L Backpack that I’ll use for the entire trek
  • Flashlight/extra batteries
  • 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


  • Bandaids
  • Altitude sickness medication
  • Tylenol
  • Extra plastic bag
  • Q-tips
  • Zandu Balm
  • Gravol
  • Biodegradable soap/ container
  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • 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


Sadly the backpack won’t be coming with me to Everest but it will be waiting for me back in Kathmandu!


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!

4 thoughts on “What I Actually Packed For Everest Base Camp”

    1. Hi Louise! Thanks for the concern, I need to update this list as I actually ended up packing less than original thought. My tour company supplied the down jacket and sleeping bag! I only ended up using the jacket once!


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