On placement in Nepal with Rohan clothing

Dr Siân Maguire visited to Rohan Worcester ahead of her medical elective in Kathmandu to equip herself with clothing that wasn’t just smart enough to wear in the hospital environment, but was also packable and easy to wash, as she’d be required to wash everything by hand while on placement.

“All of my clothing and kit had to fit into a 60L backpack, including hiking gear, medical equipment and books. There are only handwashing facilities available in most of Nepal.”

Trailblazers

I wore the Trailblazers on weekend hikes and during the village week. The adjustable belt meant that the fit was perfect, and the material was light but felt sturdy. I think most women can relate to the struggle of having totally inadequate pockets in clothing, but the Trailblazers really go against this and I had more than enough space in the pockets to keep things to hand. The zips were secure, and the placement of the zips and pockets were easy to access and didn’t affect the comfort or movement of the trousers.

Sanctuary Shirt

I wore a lot of the Sanctuary Shirt, both in the hospital and during village week. The light material meant that I didn’t overheat in the Emergency Department, and out in the village the long sleeves and collar kept the sun off me during the short hikes to and from the health post. The cut of the shirt lets the material fall away from the body, so it doesn’t cling to you if the weather is hot and humid. The snap front closures are also a great addition to this shirt. I only realised after the first couple of washes that there were drying loops built in, so no need to hunt around for pegs like I did initially!

Aether underwear

These knickers were extremely comfortable and lightweight to wear. I always made sure to have a pair ready to wear when travelling or trekking – the material was much more comfortable than thick cotton underwear, and never rubbed or chafed. I had to wear them to shower in the waterfall during the village week when no other washing facilities were available; the cut is flattering with good coverage, and after sitting in the sun afterwards they were dry within half an hour.

Tour Chinos

I wore these trousers in both the hospital and the health post as they are smart but also very functional. A special mention to the waistband on these trousers – the hidden elastic back panel is supremely comfortable and prevents the awkward gaping at the back that often happens with regular chinos. The tailored fit is flattering, without being too tight, and the selvedge blue colour styles well.

I wore these trousers in both the hospital and the health post as they are smart but also very functional. A special mention to the waistband on these trousers – the hidden elastic back panel is supremely comfortable and prevents the awkward gaping at the back that often happens with regular chinos. The tailored fit is flattering, without being too tight, and the selvedge blue colour styles well.

Tian Shirt

The Tian Shirt was one of my favourite pieces to wear during the trip. Smart enough to wear in the hospital but stylish enough to wear sightseeing and out to dinner. With all the performance features you’d expect from a Rohan garment; it soon became my default outfit. Handwashing was the only laundry option during the trip, so I would wash the shirt in the evening before going to bed and then wear it straight off the line the next morning. It was great to be able to wear something that didn’t crease too (there were way more exciting things to do than ironing!)

Trail Hooded Top

I wore the Trail Hooded Top daily during my trip, in both the Horizon Red Marl and Aquamarine Marl. The temperatures in both the city and the village varied widely day to night, so I always kept one either on or in my backpack; they are so light and take up little space, so even in my small daypack I never had to sacrifice carrying anything else. Our Kathmandu house was often on the cool side in the evenings, so the Trail Top made the perfect layer over a t-shirt to keep the chill off if we were sat out on the terrace. I slept in the hoody during the nights in the village as the insect nets were designed to exclude large insects only, and I was warm and bite-free all week. The thumb holes in these hoodies are also a really nice feature and makes them feel cosy without being heavyweight.