Best Packing tips for travel to India:
Read best Packing Tips for Travel to India , compiled by Jetwaysindia travel experts specially for you to do a perfect plan before start a tour to any destination in India.
- Deciding what to pack depends entirely on your itinerary. India has long been described as a nation of contrasts and this attribute extends to its climate. North India and South India have contrasting weathers and the same can be said for different regions with different landscapes.
In India, you can combine a beach break, a desert safari and a hill-station getaway with snowy slopes and skiing – in one big holiday. So check your itinerary and consult your travel agent for updates on how the weather is in your destination.
You can also consult online weather channels such as weather.com, weatherforecast.com etc for an idea of what the weather is like in your destinations during your travel month.
Clothes/Attire/ what to wear?
- South India, with its location close to the equator, is generally warm. It is also more conservative than North India. So, if visiting this part of India, pack jeans, full-length trousers, knee- or ankle-length skirts for ladies and knee-length shorts for men. Pack shirts and t-shirts with sleeves – preferably cotton to help you stay cool. Add a pullover or light jacket for travels across South India hill stations. Hill stations in South India do not receive any snowfall so, a light jacket is sufficient. For footwear, pack sandals as the heat can make your feet perspire and make wearing closed shoes a nightmare.
- North India in winter months (peak tourist months for foreigners coincide with winters) can be cold and foggy. So, pack a couple of sweaters and closed shoes. Full-length jeans, trousers and cargos with comfortable short-sleeved shirts (not sleeveless) come in handy for men and women alike.
- Avoid packing skimpy clothing as they can attract unwanted attention when worn and keep you out-of-bounds at holy places of worship. Most places of worship in India require visitors to cover their legs, shoulders and upper arms.
- Many travellers prefer to pack light and buy local dresses such as salwar kameez, t-shirts and jeans on arrival in India. Brands such as Fab India, W for Women are much favoured by western women for their cheap prices and fantastic designs.
- In nightclubs, western dress standards of jeans and a top for girls, and jeans and a t-shirt or shirt for guys, apply.
- Swimwear for lounging out at the hotel’s pool. Ocean swimming is not advisable due to dirty water and strong currents. In places where swimming is allowed, lady travellers are advised to don a t-shirt/shirt and sarong atop their swimwear to avoid ogling eyes, peeping toms and random photography. Private beach resorts with a majorly western populace are an exception.
- Pack flat footed shoes and sandals – leave the heels at home or carry just a pair for the night out. India’s streets are more than often bumpy and a high heel will be your fastest ticket to a hospital with a broken ankle or worse
- Most medicines, except for newly developed medicines, are available in the major cities of India. So, you can easily buy them once you arrive here. However, it is advisable to keep a stock of all essential medicines that you take on a regular basis.
- Medicines may not always be available under the same brand name that you use, so list the generic name and ingredients of your medicines to ensure you get your required medicine.
- Keep your prescriptions with you; many medicines are not sold on an Over the counter basis. You will also need the prescription at Immigrations and customs when entering or leaving India as well as in your own country
- Healthcare in India has developed in the recent years and is almost if not totally at par with healthcare in developed nations. But this is true only for the major cities of India, the rural parts are still without basic facilities. So, when exploring those parts, take along a small medical kit of essential medications and first-aid.
- Hand sanitizers will aid you when travelling across the rural parts of India, especially when there is scarcity of water and in roadside lavatories.
- Stock up on mosquito repellents – India has lots of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, malaria and chickengunya are fairly common. Wear long sleeved clothes for extra-protection and use malaria-repellent creams/lotions as well as swatches for extra protection. At night, get a mosquito-repellent for your accommodation from the local chemist shop. Most well-kept hotels take care to minimize mosquitoes but it still pays to take precautions.
- Take along a battery-operated hand-held portable water purifier such as a steriPEN. Use this for water from all sources and you will luckily have a higher probability of escaping Traveller’s Diarrhoea fully.
- Pack an adapter plug and voltage transformer or converter. India operates on a 220V power at 50 Hz and has a plug point system different from those used by most US and UK electronic gadgets.
- You might also want to stock up on batteries and memory cards suited to your brand of camera and other gadgets. While these are available across India, you can be assured of their authenticity, especially in rural areas. Leaking batteries can damage your gadgets.
- Pack an unlocked phone for your use in India. This way, you can buy a pre-paid SIM Card at the airport itself for your phone and make calls – local and international at a much lower cost instead of coughing up exorbitant international roaming charges. You can even buy a mobile internet recharge card for checking your mails on your tab or mobile, while on the go. All you need are 3 photocopies of the passport you are carrying.
- I-pod or e-reader to enjoy while commuting large distances.
- If you are particular about brands, then it is advisable to pack all toiletries for the duration of the stay. While you might get them in large retail stores such as Shoppers Stop in the big cities, they will be hard to find in small cities and towns. So, stock up for the duration of the stay. And pack them in your check-in luggage as airline regulations prevent you from carrying more than 3 ounces of liquids onboard.
- If you are not particular, you can get good quality soaps, shampoos, sun block, shaving cream, creams and lotions anywhere in India.
- Pack some deodorants and razors as well, you might not get the brand you use. Also, good deodorants in India are still hard to find.
- Sun block of over 45 is a must for Indian sun. Pack more than enough or get it on arrival.
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight
- A wide-brimmed hat or an umbrella for protection from the sunshine
- Cash – to spend or preferably a pre-paid travel card