Things to Carry on a Himalayan Sojourn

Things to carry

 

For Self

  • Shoes – good trekking shoes, preferably waterproof. Quechua 500 is good choice. If you are riding a bike, you might want ankle length riding boots as you may have to negotiate water streams flowing on the road.
  • Sandles/floaters
  • Socks – again, waterproof / woolen. Check on the number of days and divide by 3 for the days that you’d be in colder areas.
  • Gaiters – for water/snow proofing your shoes/socks
  • Hats/Caps – to block sunrays and protect your head and ears from cold. Sun is nearest to you on high altitudes and hence quite warm when exposed to it directly.
  • Sunblock Cream, SPF 50 or above
  • Cold Cream
  • Good quality Goggles
  • Of course undergarments. Use the same rule as that of socks. You won’t be bathing for most of the days! 😉
  • Warm clothing – prefer clothing in layers so that you can add/remove as per the temperature
    • Thermals
    • Jacket
    • Socks
    • Sweater
    • Shawls
    • Scarfs / Mufflers to protect your ears
    • Warm gloves
  • Knee Caps (if required)
  • No rigid suitcases, carry only soft haversacks
  • Shopping bags to store used clothing

Accommodation

  • Keep an eye on the festivals in and around the place you are going. It generally tends to be too crowded during festivals and accommodation options run out quickly. Prebook!
  • Other than festive period, you do not need to prebook accommodation. Just walk in to couple of Hotels/Guest-houses/Homestays and you are most likely to get it on second or third place. Further, it cuts down on travel agent cost and gives you bargaining power too!
  • List of accommodation enroute
  • Keep a portable tent with you. Quechua T2 tent is good
  • Sleeping bags rated for at least -5 comfort
  • Sleeping Mats

General Items

  • Photographic Equipments
    • DSLR
    • Lens & filters – fish eye desirable
    • Datacards
    • Tripod to get those star trails
  • Printed Maps
  • Plan printouts – one to be left at home
  • BSNL postpaid connection – if you are going to Ladakh. No other operator works beyond Leh
  • Medicines to be procured
  • Small gas cylinder with burner / kerosene stove
  • Cooking / eating utensils
  • 20 Ltr water container
  • Ready to eat MTRs and Maggi – at least two days of provisions
  • Biscuits, Chocolates, energy bars & toffees
  • Copies/registers & pencils (no pens for they contribute to plastic waste) for distribution among local children
  • Maps – offline stored maps on smart device
  • Accomodation information
  • Swiss knife
  • Knife
  • Multitool
  • Waist pouches to store your wallet and items for quick access (medicines, datacard, spare batteries…)
  • Zipper pouches
  • Large polybags for waste collection
  • Toiletries (including toilet rolls, just in case you don’t want to touch ice cold water) 😉
  • Deo – very necessary as you’d not be bathing for days!
  • List of Petrol/Diesel bunks enroute
  • Full trip expenses in cash
  • Toilet tents if you have ladies travelling with you
  • Coffee powder if you are a coffee drinker. Also helps to fix stomach upsets and diarrhoea
  • Thermos flask
  • Car electric kettle / warmer
  • Cotton wool to stuff your ears – helps at high altitudes from disorientation and cold
  • Rock salt – to thaw the ice especially the black ice on the road
  • Spare Spectacles
  • Passport Photos
  • Photo ID (DL/PAN/Voter ID)
  • Mediclaim ID Card / Latest Policy Paper
  • Lighter / Matches

Tools for Vehicle

  • Electronic air compressor
  • Spare tyre valves
  • Spare air filter
  • Coolant
  • Engine oil
  • Extra fuses
  • Extra master fuse
  • Extra halogen headlamp bulbs
  • Tubeless puncture repairing kit
  • Spare tyre
  • Spare valve
  • Tyre valve tool
  • Battery terminal jumper
  • Multitool
  • DC to AC inverter 200 watt
  • Trampoline for carrier and engine
  • Jerry can 30Ltrs for Fuel
  • Funnel
  • 10 ft pipe
  • Stock jack – get a hydraulic floor jack if possible
  • Stock tool set
  • Tow rope – preferably 5 Ton capacity
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Window breaker cum seat belt cutter
  • LED Torch – x 2
  • M Seal
  • Adhesive tape – both double sided and insulation
  • Fevi-Kwick
  • Spade
  • Hammer
  • Hex Saw
  • Colin or suitable wind-shield cleaner
  • Old newspaper for wind-shield cleaning
  • Rope
  • Gunny bags / trampoline to cover the engine bay at night to keep it warm
  • Spare nuts & bolts

A comprehensive check-list for preparing your vehicle is given at http://www.yayawar.com/preparing-your-vehicle-for-a-himalayan-sojourn/

Documents

  • Car Service Book
  • Car Owners Manual
  • Updated PUC Certificate
  • Original Car RC Book
  • Original Car Insurance
  • Original Driving License
  • Spare Car Keys
  • Photocopies of Car documents
  • Drive Plan

Others

  • Dry Tissue
  • Wet Tissue
  • Liquid Soap
  • Razor Blade
  • Lighter
  • Scribbling Pad/Pens
  • Loose change for Toll
  • Hand sanitizer

Medicines

  • Medicine for AMS – Diamox/Coca 30/6x (Please read the article on AMS before using these medication)
  • Medicine for common cold – Sparlox
  • Medicine for Headache – Disprin
  • Medicine for Motion Sickness / Nausea / Vomitting – Domastal / Avomin
  • Medicine for Diarrhoea – Ornof / Lomotil
  • Painkiller – Combiflam / Brufen
  • Medicine for Fever – Crocin / Metacin / Paracetamol / Dolo 650
  • Medicine for Acidity / Stomach ache – Digene / Omaze 20 / Cyclopam
  • Pain Balm – Tiger Balm / Moov
  • Pain Spray – Moov / Relispray
  • Antiseptic liquid – Savlon / Dettol
  • Spirit for cleaning open wounds
  • Antibiotic Powder – Neospirin
  • Antibiotic Liquid – Betadine
  • Antifungal powder – Absorb / Zeasorb
  • Cotton gauze
  • Cotton wool
  • Cotton crepe bandage
  • Adhesive tape
  • ORS / Electral powder
  • Glucose

** All the medications listed above are just suggestive as per the generic usage and should not be administered unless advised and verified by a registered medical practitioner.