What Should I Bring With Me To India?

People will give you a lot of instructions they think will prepare you for a trip to India, the only thing is that you should be ready for an adventure. If you plan very well and focus on some details, you can enjoy all India has to offer. When putting together your traveling list, make sure that you have important things such as travel insurance, a valid visa and have a communication device. Make sure you have the contact information for the nearest consulate or embassy of your home nation and have always carry a copy of your passport with an entry stamp.

List of the things to bring with you on your trip to India:

  1. Passport: The first item on your packing list when visiting India. The passport should have at least six months of validity from the period you intend to return to your country.
  2. Drivers License: If you intend to buy a car, motorbikes, or rickshaws.
  3. Travel Printouts: You should have the scans of your passport and flight itineraries.
  4. Indian Visa: A vital item on your India travel list. Citizens of most countries are required to obtain a visa before their trip to India.
  5. Long sleeves for the heat: It may seem unbelievable, but light long sleeves perform a better job of protecting you from the sun than short sleeves.
  6. Loose-fitting clothing: It is very comfortable to wear loose-fitting pants, long skirts, and airy t-shirts. Most women in India wear a range of styles and colors over leggings. For women, it is highly advisable to bring breathable yoga leggings to match with long t-shirts. Long pants or skirts with breathable tops will blend in well and are needed when visiting temples. Remember, men and women are required to cover both shoulders and knees. Also, if you are entering a Jain temple, leather is not allowed.
  7. Scarf: There are times when you will need to wrap it around your arms and shoulders to enter temples.
  8. Comfortable shoes: The roads in India are dirty with cow feces everywhere in populates cities. It is therefore advisable to wear sneakers, as they are the most comfortable and practical. You should also bring a pair of sturdy flip-flops for shorter walks or temple visits.
  9. Train kit: If you visit India and do not bode a train, you are doing it wrong. It is a social and memorable experience but needs a bit of pre-planning. You should bring a bag of toiletries, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer.
  10. Electronics: You should carry along a portable power bank, especially for long bus rides. Also bring a camera with extra camera batteries, as it is hard to find them in India.
  11. Bug spray: Depending on the zone and the weather condition of year, mosquitoes and other insects can cause a small nuisance or a big problem
  12. Sunscreen: You should apply it constantly as the smog usually masks the intensity of the sun.
  13. Medication: Consult your medical doctor before a journey to make sure you have the right medications including emergency vaccines and asthma inhalers. Also, bring over-the-counter drugs for headaches, rehydration powder for dehydration, and cold medications. One of the best tips you will ever get from a travel pro is to carry Vicks Vapo Rub to aid with congestion gotten from poor air quality and to rub a small patch underneath your nose in an area with potent odor.

To enjoy your trip, here is a summary of things highly advisable in terms of the quantity of clothing. You should keep in mind that you can do your laundry in India. The items are as follows:

  • 1 long skirt to cover knees
  • 1 maxi dress
  • 1 pair loose or khaki pants about 2-3 pairs for men in place of dresses/skirts
  • 1 long-sleeve, cotton button-down shirt
  • 3 shirts
  • 1 tank top
  • 2 tunics that 1 short sleeve and 1 long sleeve
  • 1-2 pairs quick-dry leggings/yoga pants
  • 5 pairs underwear
  • 5 pairs quick-dry socks
  • 2 bras
  • 2 scarves or you can buy them in India
  • 1 hoodie or lightweight sweater
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair flip flops or walking sandals
  • 1 pair of shorts if you are in the south and intend on staying on the beach