Below is a list of some of the important items to consider bringing with you. Remember to come well prepared, but also be sensitive to the limited space in your luggage and dorm room!
Clothing: It is important to bring clothing for both cold and warm weather, sun and rain. However, do not over pack! Nepalis often wear the same clothes every day and have a limited wardrobe. The key is to bring comfortable clothes.
Student Dress Code: MEN: T-shirts and shorts are acceptable to wear around the campus and around the city, but we ask that you wear a collared shirt and pants - nice jeans are okay - when attending classes. It is also suggested to wear pants/jeans and a nice shirt when attending church services (no shorts). No tank tops or muscle shirts at any time please.
WOMEN: We ask that women do not wear shorts or tank tops at any time during their stay in Nepal. Pants/jeans and skirts below the calf and t-shirts are okay to wear around the campus and city. It is also common and acceptable for women to wear a kurta top (similar to a long tunic) with pants or leggings. If wearing leggings, your shirt/top MUST be long enough to cover your “bottom”.
*No jeans with holes for men or women.*
Linens: Quilts and pillows will be provided. You will need to either bring or purchase, in Nepal, your own sheets, pillowcase, and towel.
Books: All required textbooks need to be purchased prior to arriving in Nepal. You will be informed which books are needed with ample time to order them before the semester starts. Also, be sure to bring your Bible!
Toiletries: Unless you have special preferences in toiletries, name-brand shampoos and soaps can be purchased at the supermarket at prices lower than in the US.
Feminine Products: Although, there are some supplies available in stores, we recommend you bring enough supplies to last for the semester.
Electronics: Nepal runs on 230V while the US runs on 120V. It is extremely important that you check your devices to see if they can convert to the higher voltage. Adapters for the different plug sizes will be provided in your room, but we recommend purchasing a converter for hair appliances and non-Apple products. Another recommended item to bring is a flashlight or headlight.
School Supplies: Bring your own school supplies or bring enough money to purchase them in Nepal.
Medication: Over-the-counter medications are easily accessible in Nepal and compare in quality to US brands. If you require prescription or special medication, please ensure you have enough to last your entire stay in Nepal.
Debit/Credit Card: You need to budget extra money for any miscellaneous costs you will encounter while living in Nepal. These costs include but are not limited to toiletries, transportation, sightseeing, etc.The easiest way to get money in Nepal is through the ATM. Many restaurants and grocery stores also take credit cards. Be sure to check the foreign rates and bank charges of your debit/credit card before using. Also, be sure to inform your bank that you will be traveling to Nepal.