Equipment and Packing Lists

Luggage Weight Restrictions

Druk Air has a 44-pound (25 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11-pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17″ x 13″ x 8″.

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (to be brought with you)

Packing List for Cultural Tours

  • Pairs of lightweight long pants
  • Pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening outings
  • Pairs of shorts
  • Short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • Long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (while visiting dzongs, temples and Monasteries)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb)
  • Sweater or light weight jacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • Pair of sandals
  • Personal toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel for purchases
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription glasses
  • Visor/sun hat
  • Flashlight
  • Daypack/Fanny pack for day trips
  • Beach Towel
  • First-Aid kit with pain medications, antiseptic/anesthetic for sunburn, and prescription medications.

Optional field Gears

  • Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Electronics/battery charger
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Passport pouch or money pouch

Things to Remember

  1. Altitude Sickness: We hardly have any cases related altitude during the culture tour however if have headache or nausea sensation during the trip, the best medication Diamox. The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to drink plenty of water everyday.
  2. Cultural Sensitivity: It’s better for women to wear pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf or longer). Tights, hiking shorts and sports tops are not advisable. For men, pants are best. Men may wear longer hiking shorts that come to the knees. Never go shirtless.
  3. Health tips for women: Women are advised to bring their necessary health/sanitary supplies with them as such items might not be available in Bhutan.
  4. Clothing: Cotton is recommended in warm weather. Once wet, cotton also drains body heat. Better to bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  5. Layers: Always test your layers before a trip. See if the outer layer fits easily over the inside ones.
  6. Toiletry Kit: For trekking and sightseeing, bring your own toiletry kit and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Always
    remember to discard the toilet tissue in a waste basket and not along a trail or in the toilet.
  7. Heating: In Bhutan, portable electric heaters are generally provided for heating in rooms. Blankets are also provided.
  8. Currency: The local currency is called Ngultrum. You can bring dollars and can be exchanged to local currencies at the border. Or you can also withdraw money from the ATMS with your visa card.
  9. Electricity: Electricity is available in all the places. For charging, please bring India style adaptor with two or three pins round.
  10. Wifi: Wifi will be available in almost all the hotels. Once in the hotels, you will be provided with the password so that you can use from your rooms or lobby.
  11. Weather: The temperature in Bhutan in the month of October and November will be between 19 to 22 degree Celsius during daytime and between 13 to 16 degree Celsius during nighttime.
  12. International phone calls: It will be possible to call anywhere around the world from Bhutan and the charges will be about 10 to 15$ per min depending on the time.