India a place of rich history, varied cultures and religions. It attracts millions of tourists every year from around the world. Travelling to India can be your trip of a lifetime. Before landing here you should do a complete research about the places you are travelling to. Whatever kind of trip you are planning for, it’s important to pack lightly and strategically. Indian experience is unlike any other in all ways. Most of us have a list of essential travel items to carry while going a trip. But when packing for your trip to India you have to be very selective about the items you need take along. The climatic, social and political atmosphere here is completely different. Indian travel experience can be very challenging sometimes. One needs to pack very carefully for the Indian Vacation so that none of the important items are missed. Your packing list for India will be different in quite some ways than any other country.
Essential Things to Pack for Travelling
1. Travel Backpack – To have the best travel backpack is every traveller wish, India is a place which has varied temperatures. It can get really tough in India with all the rush, heat and dust. Hence you need to have a good and tough backpack that can handle all the pressure and store everything important that you require during your trip to India. You need to choose a lighter one but if you are planning a long trip, then there would be lots of things you will be carrying along. Afterall, a good backpack is your best travel companion and makes your journey better.
2. Travel Pouches – The big cities and public places like bus stands, markets, railway station and streets are crowded with people giving ample chances for pickpocketers and street thieves to steal your valuables if they are shown in open. You can put all your valuables like passport, money, traveller’s cheques, tickets, licenses and other documents in the travel pouch. Carry a travel pouch with a strap so that you wear it under your shirt or t-shirts/ tops. Do not keep your valuables and documents in pockets of your jeans or pants.
3. Dust Masks – There is a lot of air pollution in India especially in the big cities. The world’s most polluted city New Delhi is in India. Do remember to carry a dust mask along if you are coming to India. There is a lot of particulate matter, dust in the air and smog as well which is really harmful to breathe and can cause health problems. It is an important travel item that is of utmost use in India.
4. Hand Sanitizer – It is very necessary to have a hand sanitizer at all times in your handbag while travelling. India is a filthy country with a lot of dirt everywhere. One needs to protect from all the unwanted germs entering the body. While on a trek or even while in cities you won’t find much public washrooms or toilets. It is sure that your hands will touch many kinds of things while shopping, exchanging stuff, buying food, riding in a cab, etc. Hence you will need the hand sanitizers at all times or the other option is to use antibacterial wipes. Hand sanitizers are your moving wash basins.
5. Sun Glasses – India is a hot country and summers last for around 8 months now unlike a decade ago. Even the winter sun can make your eyes feel uncomfortable. Having sunglasses is important to keep your eyes cool, wide open and free from dust. Also, it will make you look more stylish.
6. Travel Pillow – Travelling in India by buses and trains can be a bumpy and tough ride hurting your back and neck. To have a sound sleep and comfy during your journey through the roads of India, you should carry a travel pillow. It will give your neck and head a lot of comfort.
7. Zip Lock Bags – Carry some zip lock bags with you to keep your electronics, food items and other things. Apart from categorising your items to pack efficiently, it will help you in other ways too. Keeping your food open in the bags can be a feeding ground for the ants. To keep your food away from dust and insects ziplock bags are the best.
8. Travel Map – A detailed travel map of India is necessary to have. You can also buy maps for different states and cities of India which will help you in surfing through comprehensively. Locating things is not easy without maps. Yes, mobile phones are helpful too for locating things but maps will help you find routes a lot easier and quicker.
9. Lonely Planet – India Guidebook – Buy a good guidebook to know about all the basic things about India. You will get information on all the stuff like to places to visit, hotels, food, adventures, transportation, etc. It will contain all important facts and destination information about India.
10. LED Headlamp or Torch – India has a huge shortage of electricity and if you are staying in a hostel, budget hotel or guest house, you might have to face power shortage. Also, the light might be too dim in some places than what you might be used to. But in big cities and hotels, its perfectly fine. Also, while walking on the roads during the night you will require a headlamp flashlight or a normal torch, as most of the roads are not properly lit up. If you are planning to go for camping or trekking then it is a must you know.
11. Ear Plugs – India is a noisy country. If you are travelling in any big metro or even tier 2 cities, you will need it. The people here keeping honking without any reason as they think its a part of their vehicle and should be utilised fully. So every second you will be hearing a sound of either a car, bike, rickshaw, truck or bus. Yes, they all drive together in same lanes. It’s quite an adventure for people seeing this thing for the first time. If you are not used to such noise, use ear plugs or you might have a headache on your vacation here.
12. First Aid Kit – You should have a small first aid kit if you are travelling to anyplace. It is likely that you might have some cuts, bruises, illness, etc, and you need to have commonly used medicines and band aids. India has a very hot and humid climate and all the dirt and pollution it can give you a hard time. Also, carry your personal medication in your kit to keep yourself immune. It is important to have the basic items in your kit during any situation if there is no doctor or clinic around. Especially if you are in the mountains doing a trek or in the wilderness, it will be of much use.
13. Insect Repellent – Malaria is the most widespread disease in India. If you are travelling to India in monsoon time, do remember to carry a mosquito repellent with you. I am sure no one wants to get bitten by mosquitos. Some common diseases related to mosquito bites are malaria, dengue Fever, viral fever and other allergies. Do not apply it on any cuts or wounds. Spray a little bit on your exposed skin and your clothes. Mosquitoes usually bite on your toes and legs while you are sitting in a bus or in a train. Apart from applying a mosquito repellent or cream, also cover your legs.
14. Luggage Locks – If you are travelling by train or bus, luggage locks are the most essential travel items to carry to India. The thieves can steal your luggage anytime if you are not vigilant. Whether it’s a small suitcase or large or even a handbag, Do remember to lock your luggage with the seat handles. if your luggage is locked properly, there are less chances of it being stolen. It’s better to have a lock which has number configuration.
15. Sunscreen Lotion – India is a very hot country and it can really cause your skin to tan if its continuously exposed to the sun. I am sure you don’t want your skin colour to become dark. Indian are used to the sun rays and don’t feel the need of it at all times, but if you are not used to sun heat much you have to use it to protect your skin. You got to look your best and beautiful while travelling.
16. Flip Flops – India is a hot country and your feet might stink and get caught by fungus if you keep on wearing shoes all day long. So if you are on a long trip to India, you should carry a pair of flip-flops. You can also buy it from any local market in India once you reach here. Flip flops are comfortable and easy to walk around while roaming around. Flip flops are not only easy to carry but are stylish too. It is something that Indians wear while having a casual walk around the market or at their homes too. You love wearing them and it will make you feel like an Indian too.
17. Power Adaptor – Carry a power adaptor with you. The electricity supply in India keeps on fluctuating. Electric Voltage in India is between 220 to 240 volts AC which is the same in most of the Europe, South America and Asia. Countries like USA, Canada and Mexico have a voltage of 120. In India, plugs or sockets are either grounded 3 pin connection or ungrounded 2 pin connections. Buy a power adapter with round pins and always check the voltage mentioned on your travel electronic items before applying it to the adaptor. Also, check with your hotel if they can provide you with the power adaptors. It’s available in almost all local markets at an affordable price.
18. Personal Water Filter – Always buy bottled water in India and that too after checking its expiry date and other information mentioned on it. Do check if the water bottle is sealed if you happen to purchase it from any small vendor on the street side. If you are travelling in some remote or rural area, then it’s always wise to have a personal water filter bottle. You can fill up your water bottle from an open water source. The water purifying device will remove the bacteria, germs and filter out any dirt from the water, giving you purified water at all times.
19. Female Urination Device – In India, you will find very less public toilets and even if you happen to find a one, they will be disgusting and dirty as they are not maintained properly. Though for men there is no problem, as we are allowed to pee anywhere we want to. It’s considered the birthright of every man to pee in public and no one will ever sneak at you or poke you for doing it. But women can’t afford to loose their dignity and I believe are more hygienic than men. It is one of the most essential travel items for women to carry. The female urinal device helps women to stand and pee in a remote place without any embarrassment. However, I suggest not to use it in cities or any place which is crowded. This product is the best to use while you are hiking in the mountains or travelling in any remote area or fields.
20. Toilet Papers – Toilet papers are a must if you are coming to India. The majority of the Indian population still does not use toilet papers. Indians use water to clean their shit and believe in saving paper. Most of the Indian hotels in big cities have toilet papers in the bathrooms. But if you are staying in a budget hotel in a small town or village, you might not get toilet papers. It’s better to get them with you or buy it from any local market. During camping or trekking, you will surely require this. I was on a trek to triund and in our camps there was no water for even washing the hands. We had to use drinking water bottles to clean our shit and wash hands too. Having toilet papers or tissue papers is a must.
These are some of the travel essentials for India compiled together for all of you reading this. If you find these items to be useful you can click on the pictures or the links to check them and buy.
So come to India with an open mind, patience, heart and healthy humour and take back wonderful memories from this land of diversity.
I wish your trip to India be amazing, adventurous, fun and full of happy moments. If you need any help or any information for your travel in India, please drop a message anytime.
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