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21 hours...

...is the total time in the air required to fly from the Midwestern USA to Kathmandu, Nepal via Abu Dhabi (you know, because cheap tickets don't come with logical routes). Total travel time, with all the layovers, is somewhere around 50 hours. Please recommend compulsively readable books, entertaining movies, and effective sleeping pills.
Wow.

I usually take Benadryl when I need to sleep -- it puts me out like a light.
1. I actually know someone in Kathmandu, and I am quite jealous that you're going there.

2. I rely on ALL the audiobooks when I travel super long distances, because staring at a screen for hours and hours makes me hurt. And really good noise-canceling headphones.

3. Benadryl works for me, as does three melatonin. Those let me sleep even the night before the bar exam started.

4. Tuck a pair or two of fresh socks in your carryon. It is amazing how refreshed that will make you feel.

5. Learn to knit. You can take knitting needles on flights, and it helps pass the time. Plus at the end, you have a thing!
I'm personally not an audiobook fan, though I can see why others enjoy them. What I really need are book recommendations.

We're actually staying overnight in a hotel in Abu Dhabi, so I'll have a whole change of clothes with me. I don't think I'll be taking up knitting, but interesting suggestion!
I found Zopiclon to be quite effective. And "may we be forgiven" by A. M. Homes to be a book I couldn't put down though that is perhaps a question of taste.
YAY! You recommended a book! (Sorry, I asked here and on facebook and mostly no one recommended books...) I think I've heard of that book before - I'll have to check it out!
That's actually pretty normal routing - when I've gone to Dhaka and Kathmandu it's always been through the Gulf (Doha or Dubai).

I load up on podcasts! Shorter and more easily digestible than audiobooks. Plus Emirates is an excellent airline and will have tons of fun stuff on the entertainment system.
Ah...I thought it would be most logical to go through Delhi or some such, but I don't really know who the major carriers are.

I'm on Etihad Airways, but hopefully they will have nice entertainment systems too. I'll bring some of my own just in case though because the last airline I was on (Lufthansa) was awful.
I haven't taken them but they have a good rep. Also, KTM has a crappy airport. Ouaga has a better airport and it gets barely a tenth of the traffic. I mean, a little old man laboriously wrote up my details in a big paper register for immigration. I was in the diplomat line so I'm sure it's more excruiating for everyone else. It's also a difficult one to land - when I visited the cloud cover was so extreme that the pilot couldn't see so we got temporary re-routed to Calcutta to re-fuel.
Kathmandu via Dubai or Abu Dhabi is pretty normal routing. Make sure you don't need a visa to get out of the airport for your overnight (you shouldn't, but sometimes the UAE plays sillybugger with their visa rules and it doesn't hurt to check. I've had to travel with two passports, since one required a visa and the other did not ...)

I usually take melatonin, although "Night Advil" works as well, especially when combined with a decent red. Depending on the airline they should have a decent choice of movies (avoid Swiss, they still entertain with the cinematic equivalent of wax tablets). My default plane reading is John Grisham, Harlan Coben or Kathy Reichs. You plough through them, then leave them in the seat pouch for the next passenger. But if you're bringing a tablet, feel free to download some of my longer fics ... ;-)

Nope, no visa required! That was the first thing I checked before I booked the hotel. That's a good idea to leave books behind in the seats!
We aren't going all the way to Yas Island, but it's good to know a price range. we're headed in that general direction.

I wonder what one purchases with bars of solid gold... Did you actually get gold from it, or was the transaction declined?

And yeah, I figure food poisoning is probably inevitable at some point. We got vaccinated for typhoid and hepatitis just to be safe, and I bought a giant bottle of Immodium and Pepto Bismol.

Thank you for the book recs! I'll check those out.
Do you have any particular favorite spots in Kathmandu? My husband is an art history teacher, so we are definitely going to check out Buddhist and Hindu temples. I've read about so many of them they're making my head spin.

We have 3 days in KTM, and then we're headed out into the country side. I've got a one week day hiking package booked, and from there we'll decide if we want more trekking or just to hang out in some scenic towns. I'm nervous about the monsoon, but I think we'll have a good time no matter what.
My goodness look at all these people that have been to Katmandu! I feel positively provincial lol Let me see, compulsively readable books...well, I generally fall back on great storytellers that I already love, e.g. Tolkien, Stephen King, Jane Austen (wow, there's a weird combo, eh?). Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice and the sequel are also wonderfully readable and engrossing. Something epic, perhaps, like the first book of Game of Thrones? Something mentally demanding/diverting like Sophie's World?
The Beekeepers Apprentice sounds interesting! I'll certainly check it out. I read Sophie's World already, and I couldn't get into GoT...which is unfortunate since it would definitely be a plane's worth of reading.
I've got lots of book recs!!

The Knife of Never Letting Go -- super intense YA, couldn't put it down, wonderful lead characters, excellent premise, HORRIFYING villains.
Slice of Cherry -- super bizarre but also romantic and optimistic YA about sisters coming of age and having each others' backs. Note: these sisters are the daughters of a noted serial killer, so. There's violence.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (and sequels) -- An angel and a demon fall in love, and it doesn't end well. Read for the world building and secondary characters. Set in Prague. Beautiful prose. Lovely storytelling, even if I didn't find the central pair to be the most interesting part of the series.
The Demon's Lexicon (and sequels) -- All of the sibling adventures! The first book is a touch dude-centric, but let me tell you these are the best-written brothers I've read. And the payoff of learning what the demon's lexicon is is SO WORTH IT.
And because why the hell not, My Books! Indelible Ink and Stripped Down -- optimistic queer romance about tattoo artists and strippers. They're quick reads, and I'm quite fond of them :)

Have a GREAT TIME!! I envy all your travel/reading time even though it will be exhausting.
I have not found any over-the-counter sleeping pills that actually work for me. :-/ (Have tried Benadryl -- which puts me into some sort of fugue state that isn't actual sleep, melatonin, etc.) I do have a prescription for Ambien that I haven't used yet -- hoping that will finally do the trick.

Re: books, I just read The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey -- a retelling of Jane Eyre -- and found it very readable (good writing and nice short chapters!). You can also check the books tag on my LJ for some other ideas.

The Sister Brothers by Patrick deWitt, it's a western noir about two assassin brothers travelling to California from Oregon and the things they encounter. It's funny and tragic and all kinds of amazing. It is probably my favourite book of all time.