What do I need when I Travel to India
This India packing list should be used as a guide only and is not intended to be a complete India packing list for any weather or situations. Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion. Some items on this list may not be necessary for your particular trip at a particular time. What all to pack varies according to the trip style (Backpacking / Budget / Luxury), the climate and the time when you are visiting. We request you to please carefully consider the weather and time of year that you plan to travel.
Passport with at least 6 months validity after your dates of travel
Visas required for this trip
Travel insurance with emergency contact telephone and policy Number
Flight tickets, e-ticket
Photocopies of important documents like tickets, visa, passport, credit card, itinerary to be kept in each luggage bag and email a copy to yourself
Trip Itinerary along with hotel address and phone
Passport size photographs for various permits
Senior citizen card for travel discounts
International driving license if you plan to drive
Travel vaccination certificates
You are mostly expected to carry your own luggage in a backpack and smaller bags or backpacks with wheels with shoulder carry straps.
You will also need a waterproof daypack/bag to carry water bottle, camera and other personal needs for day trips.
Don’t forget to keep Padlocks (and keys)
Plastic Ziploc bags in all sizes
Medicines are easily available in India and often you do not require a prescription for over-the-counter medical supplies. You can buy all this stuff one you land up in India on your first day and be safe for the rest trip.
First aid kit – band aids, skin cream, cotton gauze, tweezers & bandage
Prescription glasses and sun glasses
Contact lenses and solution
High protection sunscreen (50+)
Sanitary pads or tampons
Chewing gums to pop your ears open while take off
Insect repellent creams or lotions like Odomos
Anti-histamine/insect bite skin cream
Anti-allergy Tablets containing Pheniramine (Avil 50mg)
Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer gel/wipes
Travel sickness tablets or anti-vomiting tablets (Dramamine or Avomine)
Anti-malaria pills if required (Lariago DS)
Aspirin and/or paracetamol (Crocin)
Oral Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
1 course of broad-spectrum antibiotics (Augmentin 625mg / 1 gm tablets)
1 course of gastroenteritis medication for Delhi Belly containing Norfloxacin (Norflox-400mg) or Ciprofloxacin (Ciplox-500mg)
Anti-spasm tablets for Diarrhea (Delhi Belly) containing Loperamide (Ridol)
Strong painkillers such as Tramadol (Ultracet), Mild pain Killer (Ketorol-DT 10 mg)
Antibiotic Eye drops / Ear Drops (Ciplox)
Chewable Pepto Bismol (for minor gripes)
Chewable antacid/antigas tablets Digene
Immodium AD tablets (for serious diarrhea)
Small tube of anti-itch cream
Melatonin, if you are using it to minimize jet lag (Not recommended, try to walk & stretch on flight to avoid jet lag)
Melatonin prescription to counter jet lag: (OPTIONAL)
After getting on plane, set watch to destination time
While on the plane, take melatonin tablet at destination bedtime
When traveling east, get morning sun (if possible) soon after arrival, and avoid afternoon sun
When traveling west, get afternoon sun (if possible) soon after arrival, and avoid morning sun
Keep taking melatonin at bedtime throughout trip
Use reverse process on way home
Local currency (cash/credit cards)
Money belt or pouch
Calculator (most mobile phones have it)
Alarm clock (Most mobile phones have it)
Inflatable neck pillow for comfortable sleeping (ESSENTIAL!)
Clothing For longer trips we recommend fast drying and easy wash clothing. Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting places of worship. If going for jungle trekking, or on a safari, it is recommend you wear beige, light green or light brown clothing which will camouflage your presence with the surroundings.
3 pairs of loose, thin trousers
4 plain t-shirts or cotton shirts
1 long skirt like cotton dress- must have for female
1 long-sleeved top (for evenings when mosquitoes are out)
1 denim shirt and jeans for chilly evenings
1 thin cardigan for air-conditioned travel
2 large cotton scarves to cover your head, shoulders while visiting religious places
4 pair of Socks/underwear
1 lightweight, waterproof, windproof jacket
6 cotton hankies and 3 pairs of cotton dark-colored socks
2 waist-size elastics for new Indian clothing
1 Sarong which can be used as head/shoulder scarf or skirt
Wet & Wild Weather
Lightweight folding umbrella (for rain or sun)
Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking
Waterproof & windproof jacket
Walking or Hiking Shoes
Walking or hiking shoes in all colors, sizes and designs can be bought very cheaply in India. So no need to carry those bulky shoes all the way.
1 pair of Havana flip-flops / sandals so that u don’t bulk your bag with many shoes
1 pair of comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good grip
Hiking poles/walking sticks
GPS (most mobile phones have it)
Cell phone (Be sure that it’s “unlocked” and you may be able to buy a local SIM card to make international phone calls.)
Cell phone charger with International Adapter Multi plug
Camera, Memory cards & Extra camera battery with charger
Ipods, Ipads, Tablets can be useful as wi-fi connection is fairly easy to find. Remember to carry a converter for the charging point. Avoid carrying a laptop as its bulky, risky to get stolen or broken and you can’t carry with you while visiting historic monuments like Taj Mahal. Instead of leaving laptop into the hands of strangers at every security check, better carry tablet with you.
Empty water bottle (you can fill it at airport after security check for in-flight use)
Scissors / Army knife with can opener (keep in checked-in luggage as not allowed on carry-on luggage)
Local language phrase book
Hat/wide brim hat
Winter or Extreme Snow
Thermal underwear or base layers
Thick leather gloves
Toiletries: Go light on shampoo and toiletries – you can always buy it here! If you have a particular shampoo or cream you can’t live without, transfer it to small (~3.4 oz or less) bottles.
Hairbrush / comb
Hand lotion, Face lotion
Makeup kit as small as possible
Tweezers & nail clippers
Feminine products (difficult, but not impossible to find in India)
Small packet of Kleenex
Paper soaps & Toilet paper
Small sewing kit, safety pins & rubber bands
Nutrition food bars like Muesli bars, if you don’t like the cuisine.
Make sure every piece of luggage, including your daypack has a strong, waterproof tag on it, with essential contact information.
Rolled clothing takes up less space than folded clothing.
Have at least one combination cable-lock per bag that you bring. When out of your hotel room or visiting the ladies’ room in a train station or airport, you will want to lock your bags to the nearest heavy object for safety.
If your bags are full on the way in, you can buy inexpensive duffle bags in India that will survive the trip home, to hold your purchases during the trip. Alternatively, you can bring a lightweight duffle bag rolled up in one of your bags to hold your purchases on the way home.
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