FAQ & Packing List

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Here are some questions people have asked about the most and also, a packing list. We Hope they help!

 

FAQ (packing list at the end)

How do I sign up for the trip?

First, apply at this link. If you’ve done that already, we’ll be getting back to you if there’s space. If so, we’ll send you a link to sign up through Pure Charity.

What do I do when I get to Nepal?

We've got all your arrivals listed and will either be there to greet you at the airport with a sign that says Love Does, or will have a driver there to greet you, also with a Love Does sign. Most of you are on the same flights so we will send emails out to let you know who’s on what flight.

How does the visa work? 

Before you arrive in Nepal (or when you arrive in the airport at a Kiosk) you can apply for a tourist visa using this link. We will send you an email with all of the information you will need to fill out the application, but for reference the address to list in Nepal is :  If you fill it from the website, you will get submission receipt with a barcode, please print it out and bring it along. It works for fifteen days and then becomes invalid, so time the application accordingly!

Once you’re on the plane to Nepal, or once you arrive in the customs hall, you’ll get a form to fill out. Fill out the arrival card for a tourist visa. The cost is $25 so make sure you have that and your passport handy. It will ask for a contact name and number, you can put down Dae's name and cell: Dae's Eriksson +1(619) 302-3067 (you can also share that number with family at home in case they need to reach you). It will also ask for an address on the form and you can list the hotel. 

Important Items to Note: 

  • Girls, please do not wear shorts above the knee or tank tops on this trip. We want to be sure to be respectful of everyone that we meet - so pants, long shorts, or skirts are the best option! 
  • To exchange US Dollars in Nepal we recommend bringing new $100 dollar bills! These bills are harder to counterfeit, so they are much more easily accepted. 

Can I bring gifts for the kids?

We have found it’s best not to bring gifts and instead just spend time with the kids. 

You mentioned packing in only carry-ons – but what if I have larger liquids?

Packing in a carry-on is mostly to a) make sure we’re “packing light” and b) to ensure that if there are baggage delays, you won’t be stuck without all your stuff.  But, with that in mind if you prefer to just check a bag for stuff you could potentially live without if it got delayed, that’s totally fine.

Should I bring a hairdryer?

No – most voltages won’t allow for hairdryers. If the hotel can handle it, they’ll probably have one in the room. If not, then it wouldn’t matter if you had yours because the voltage either wouldn’t work or would blow their fuse. Just go with your natural hair for this trip :)

Can we drink the water?

No, it is best to drink bottled water. We’ll always have it on hand and and will make plenty of stops for water. Remember to also use bottled water while brushing teeth, etc.

Can I take pictures of people?

It’s always safe to just ask first.

How many are coming?

It varies every time, but usually about 15 people.

Can I keep in touch with family while I’m gone? Let them know I’m safe, etc?

Most days we will have some wifi so you can check in, but I always love a chance to go offline for a bit. I’ll be updating about our trip on social media, so tell them to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates so you can just enjoy yourself and not worry about keeping up! You can also give them this email: dae@lovedoes.org in case they want to check in.

We usually tell folks to send a note back home once we get to the hotel that first evening, and then let them know you’ll be offline a bit so you can just be present there.

Should I bring bug spray?

Yes – there are bugs/mosquitos so this is always helpful, especially at night. We suggest that you always wear long sleeves and pants when it is dark. 

Can I exchange contact info with people I meet?

We have found it is best not to exchange contact info – this is a huge help to us and less confusing to the kids. This also ensures that should the child need anything, they are going straight to the people who will know how to help them in the best way.

How much money should I bring?

It really depends on the person – you’ll at least need $25 for the visa fee, and then after that you’ll only need money for misc snacks if you want, or gifts, souvenirs, etc. Including the visa fee, I would suggest about $200 and you’ll probably have extra, depending on how much you shop. But you can always re-exchange it back into American dollars later. Please bring new $100 dollar bills if you are going to convert cash in country - it is the easiest way to ensure they will take USD. 

How does the money exchange work?

The visa fee can be paid with USD and then on the first day we’ll go exchange money. 

Can I use credit cards or checks?

No, not usually. Best to have cash, and the best exchange rates are on new $100 bills (they’re harder to counterfeit so they prefer those).

Should I bring snacks?

Yes it’s always good to have some on hand in case you get hungry at odd times or don’t like some of the meals. Trail mix, granola bars, etc. Especially if you have specific dietary restrictions it’s best to plan ahead.

What kind of shoes are best? Can I wear open toed sandals?

We usually wear sandals, boots, tennis shoes or converse. You can wear anything, just keep in mind it’s dusty and dirty so you might prefer to have shoes sometimes. I’d bring options so you can decide!

 

Nepal Packing List: some suggested and helpful items

Please pack in a carry-on size suitcase or bag and a personal item/backpack/purse.

Here are some specific items for our trip that will be needed:

-Passport

-Any medications or over the counter medicine you need

-Travel size toiletries

-Bring comfortable clothes that you can layer. Lightweight clothes that are warm are great! The temperature will be warmer in the day, but drops at night. 

–1 “nice” outfit. Women: a long skirt or pants, shoes or sandals, shirt with sleeves. Men: button up and pants, shoes.

-Purse/backpack/small bag for day trips/outings

-Light-weight water-proof jacket and light sweatshirt

-Boots or tennis shoes for working

-Hand Sanitizer, wet-wipes/baby wipes and hand sanitizer for cleaning up – it tends to get dusty.

-Bug/mosquito repellent

-Spending money (depends on the person: around $200 should be plenty)

-Alarm clock or watch with alarm

-Bathing suit

Items that are helpful:

-Journal

-Camera (we love to use a film camera – old school but turns out super fun)

-Reading/Music for planes

-Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen 

-Converters for electronics

-Airborne/Emergen-C/other energy drink or vitamin supplement.

-If you’re a coffee drinker, you might think of bring along some VIA packets. The hotels will have coffee as well, but it’s not as good. 

 

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