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Our trip to Nepal was an oh-so exciting experience, and one we will never forget! Neither of us had ever been to Nepal before, so packing the perfect items was definitely high on our list, so we could do all the exploring we wanted, while still being comfy and grammable, obvi 😉
We headed to Nepal to check off one of our biggest Bucket List items yet: visiting our giving back program, the Kopila Valley Children’s Home & School in Surkhet!
If you’re headed to Nepal, we’ve taken all the hard work out of the way for ya, so you can focus on enjoying this epic country. While trekking in Nepal is high on the list for many people, this guide is for all you non-trekking ladies out there!
Also, be sure to check out 9 Things You Must Do in Kathmandu, Nepal!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The cultural customs in Nepal played a big role in what we packed. We were still able to bring some super cute threads with us, while respecting the traditional religious customs of the area (essentially, covering our shoulders and knees). Everything we brought allowed us to enter all of the religious sites and temples on our must-do list, without sacrificing style. Talk about an #OOTD win 😉
The other thing to keep in mind before you head to Nepal is to have a really solid idea of what the weather will look like while you’re there. This is huge when it comes to packing the right items! We went in early May, right at the start of Monsoon season, meaning it was hot, hot, hot! We’re talkin’ 100 F, girl.
The items below kept us cool as can be while we were exploring this amazing country. Not sure what the weather will be like when you go? We’ve got your back, chica! Head here to check out the latest and greatest weather in Kathmandu.
Ready to pack your bags? Just click any link below to shop some of our absolute fave travel threads and accessories.
WHAT TO WEAR IN NEPAL
Due to the hot weather, having long pants in a breathable fabric like linen, are such a must-have! They’ll keep your body temps cool (even when it’s supes hot out) and are the perfect item to still be stylish while respecting the cultural norms. Below are some of our absolute faves for Nepal.
Breathable Long Skirts and Dresses
We lived in airy, breathable skirts and maxi or midi dresses while we were in Nepal and they might be the best way to stay cool while traveling. Plus, all of these we’re sharing will make for some epic twirling pics 😉 and will still allow you to head into your must-see temples!
The best part about long jumpsuits? It’s a one and done outfit! We’re all about easy so you can spend your time exploring the amazing city, and less time worrying about your outfit. You can shop some of our fave pieces below, similar to this super comfy jumpsuit below! Toss on one of the t-shirts (see our faves below!) to make sure you can visit all the sights on your Bucket List!
Because Kathmandu has very traditional cultural norms, we wanted to be super respectful of the traditions of the area, which is why we layered most of our outfits with a t-shirt underneath. These super soft tee’s from H&M were perfect to throw on under a tank dress or jumpsuit to make our looks appropriate no matter the setting. Check out the images below to shop some of the comfiest t-shirts, ever!
Close Toed Shoes
We definitely recommend packing some comfy tennies that will allow you to walk around and explore Kathmandu, and are also easy to slip on and off. It’s customary to take shoes off when you’re entering certain establishments in Nepal, so shoes that come off easy are ideal for maximum exploration time!
Our advice? Skip the sandals due to some muddy and unstable roads. Keep the tennies, and definitely leave the heels at home, girl! These fun tennies were perfect for us to wander through the city all while maintaining that comfort. Heck. Yes.
WHAT TO PACK FOR NEPAL
One of our most common questions we get while traveling? What some of our fave travel products are! These items made traveling to and through Kathmandu and other areas of Nepal a breeze. All of these essential items are for the non-trekking visitor, and we’ve rounded up our biggest obsessions for you, chica!
Ready to get your travel shoppin’ on? Just click any of the shoppable links below! You’ll be the most prepared Bucketlist Bombshell out there, girl!
This one is our fave way to be able to charge your cell on the go! This is SUCH a lifesaver and definitely at the top of our fave travel accessories!
We love our Canon Rebel T6i, it’s simple to use (even for a newbie!) and takes absolutely stunning photos. Pro-tip: we don’t bring a tripod when we travel to save on space!
A solid, reliable backpack is key for any Bucketlist Bombshell! This black one tops the list of our “must-have” items because it’s the perf neutral, super easy to wash, fits everything we need and has a sweet spot for our laptops!
Is there anything that will get you excited for a trip more than an adorbs passport cover? We love this one from Anthropologie, the perfect travel accessory to spur that wanderlust!
This one is so key when traveling to Nepal! Many public restrooms don’t have any, so packing these tissues in your bag will totally save you! You’re welcome, girl! 😉
This is a game changer, and we’re so happy we DIY’ed this one before we left! In a nutshell, this natural sanitizer is a mix of essential oils in a spray bottle, and super convenient to have on hand when traveling through the city! We used this blog post to make ours!
We LOVE this one from Madewell because not only is it super stylish, but it also has a zipper which is so important for keeping your things safe in crowded areas. Bonus? It’s small and convenient, but still big enough that it also fits our DSLR on the go. Win-win!
For some of the more remote places we traveled to in Nepal, this natural canvas style tote bag was able to hold everything we needed, and was a total lifesaver!
Have you been to Nepal? What were your favorite spots to explore? Let us know in the comments below!
Psssst—make sure you don’t miss out on our 9 Things You Must Do in Kathmandu post!
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