“…and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”
India is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers, adventure seekers and people seeking spiritual enlightenment. Due to it’s vast size, rich history, copious transportation options, and cheap cost of travel, India attracts masses of tourists each year, all seeking something unique and different.
For those who don’t know me, I’m Indian and I have a fortunate opportunity to visit India with my family. The thought of going to India excites me because I have not been back in 8
years! A long time right!… Anyways, although I am excited, packing for a trip isn’t
easy for me. Packing your life into a backpack or suitcase for a indefinite amount of time is terrifying and overwhelming.
While packing strategically is important, India has endless amount of markets where you can buy clothes more fitting to their weather and climate. Leave room to buy a few clothes. Also, formal wear isn’t necessary. If you get invited to a wedding, ask the person who invited you to help purchase a sari. Pack things that dry quickly, because you’ll be hand-washing and line-drying your clothes: there are no washing machines or drying in most parts of India.
Leggings– These go perfectly under long, Indian-style shirts. They’re also modest enough to cover your knees and keep you cooler than jeans.
Scarves– Make sure it covers your head well. This is a necessity if you plan to visit temples. It also helps protect your head from the heat.
Shirts– Though India is hot, pack shirts that cover your shoulders and cleavage, especially if you’re travelling through non-touristy destinations.
Flip Flops– To protect your feel from grimy shower floors.
Tennis shoes, Chacos or Tevas– Something comfortable and cool you can wear for hours on end that can handle all kinds of terrain and a day’s worth of working.
Deodorant– India’s options are limited here.
Toothbrush and toothpaste– With something to cover the head of your toothbrush.
Diva Cup– Tampon variety is hard to come across, and the last thing you want to do is deal with pads.
Medication– Take an emergency stash of things to treat stomach ache, diarrhoea, constipation, colds, and headaches. Take sleeping or motion sickness pills if you;re the kind of person that needs them on bumpy bus rides. Buying things from the chemist shops is often a guessing game you don’t want to play.
Important note: I highly recommend visiting a travel doctor before a trip to India to get an update on medications that might fare useful while there.
Sunscreen– Pack a small bottle, but this can be purchased in India much cheaper than in the west.
Bug repellent– Mosquitoes are no joke! Protect yourself. Malaria is a real thing in India. (If you’re super paranoid, talk to your doctor about Malaria pills before you go.
Socks – I learned the hard way to always wear socks while travelling. Mosquitoes like to hang out underneath bus seats.
Shades– Protect your eyes from the harsh Indian sun.
These are some of the things you should take when you travel to India!
Look out for my next post that will be about my trip to India.