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How To Pack Like A Pro For Bhutan

BY WENDY HUNG

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Packing for Bhutan is easy in the sense that you need to focus on two elements: conservative and outdoor. There are two major categories of activities you’ll definitely undertake: trekking and visiting temples, or dzongs (Bhutan’s government halls combined with Buddhist temples.)

Bhutan’s dress code is traditional, so make sure to bring clothing that cover your shoulders and upper arms. Shorts and short skirts are not allowed inside temples. You should bring a hat for both summer and winter travels but make sure to take them off inside temples.

The weather in southern Bhutan is hot and humid and it stays tropical throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C. In central Bhutan, the weather cools down during warm summers while you should expect dry winters. In northern regions, the weather is cold during winter months with snowfall at high altitudes. Check the forecast before your trip here.

SEE ALSO: Jetset Times Guide To Getaway: Bhutan

Here’s a list of must-pack items for every season:

  • Raincoat & umbrella: prep for spontaneous rain
  • For walking all day: 1 pair of sneakers (or comfortable shoes)
  • 1 pair of trekking shoes for hiking and treks
  • Swimwear: for hitting the hotel pool
  • Shampoo
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Toothpaste + toothbrush
  • Razor + shaving cream
  • Comb or brush
  • Underwear (Ladies: bras)
  • Socks
  • If necessary: voltage converter (Voltage: 230 v/50Hz)
  • Computer/phone chargers
  • External battery
  • Hard drive: if you want to backup your images
  • Money
  • Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

In addition, here’s what else you’ll need:

Spring & Autumn:

Spring in Bhutan can be dry from early March through mid-April, with temperature ranging from high at 20°C to low at 7°C.

Autumn, on the other hand, can be sunny and bright with rain season kicking in from early October to late November. During these months, expect early snowfalls at higher elevations.

Here are some things to pack specifically for either spring or autumn:

  • Lightweight scarfs (men & women)
  • Lightweight feather jacket/coat (men & women)
  • Long dresses and long skirts (women)
  • 1 pair of black leggings (women)
  • Jeans (men & women)
  • Walkable flat shoes (men & women)
  • Layer-friendly tops (men & women)

Summer:

Bhutan’s Indian summers typically contain occasional showers in late June. From early July through late August, expect heavier summer rains with monsoons in the southwestern parts. These areas will be especially humid and rainfall will takeover 60 – 90% of the western regions.

Be sure to pack these items in your suitcase:

  • Sunscreen (men & women)
  • 1 pair of walkable flats (women)
  • 1 pair of sandals or flip flops (men & women)
  • 1-2 pairs of sneakers (men)
  • 3-4 t-shirts with sleeves (men & women)
  • 1-2 pairs of jeans (men & women)
  • 2-3 long dresses and/or long skirts (women)
  • 1 hat for outdoor activities but not for inside temples (men & women)

Winter:

Winter in Thimphu is dry with frost throughout the country and snowfall in higher elevations. If you’ll be hiking, expect monsoon’s strong winds at high altitudes.

Below is a checklist of essentials:

  • 1-2 wool or thick coats (men & women)
  • 2-3 pairs of black tights (women)
  • 3-4 thick sweaters (men & women)
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts (men & women)
  • 2 pairs of winter pants (men & women)
  • 2 pairs of jeans (men & women)
  • 1 winter hats or beanies but you must take them off inside temples (men & women)
  • 1 pair of winter boots for trekking (men & women)
  • 1 pair of gloves (men & women)
  • 2-3 thick scarves (men & women)
  • 1 umbrella (men & women)
  • 1 pair of earmuffs (men & women)
  • 1 bottle of lotion (men & women)

Have you been to Bhutan? What else would you add to the list?

Wendy Hung contributor profile Bhutan

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3 Comments on “How To Pack Like A Pro For Bhutan”

  1. September 24, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    Thank you for the useful information. I am going to Bhutan with my husband. I was wondering if we are going to need adapter for electrical devices? Greetings!

  2. Lisa Bishop
    September 28, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    Thank you 🙂

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