India is a beautiful country. Located in South Asia, it is bound by three mighty seas – Arabian Sea on the West, Indian Ocean to the South and Bay of Bengal to the East. In the North, India has the mighty Himalayan Ranges having its own secret world full of adventure, thrill and excitement and lot of snow.
The country has so many cultures and colors of its own. Home to a rich heritage, history, flora, fauna, culture, language, food and faith, it has always attracted attention of travelers and tourists and has been ranked as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world.
It is one place that welcomes you with its arms wide open and with all the love offering you thousands of places to see, adventure, leisure, luxury and everything in a modern environment yet keeping its traditions alive and making you a part of it. For Indians, Guest is God and they leave no stone un-turned to make you feel that way.
But travelling to India also has its own set of rules and precautions to be taken care of following which, you will have a smooth and hassle free traveling experience of a lifetime. If you are or planning to travel to India, here is my list for you about 11 articles that you must carry for sure.
1) TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDIA WITH A ROUTES MAP PREFERABLY
India is a vast country and trust me VAST! Not even all the natives can tell you the correct directions every time. So carrying a direction map is a complete must have!
2) NECESSARY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A POUCH
Travel Documents will depend on the policy for the country that you are coming from. So keep a check list of all your necessary travel documents and do not forget to bring them along. Carry a comfortable small pouch to keep all your travel documents, Passport, Visa, Identity Card, Money and other Cards safely and wear it under your shirt to keep it safe. A pouch is way better than having a wallet in your pocket while you visit crowded places, markets or anywhere else.
3) COMFORTABLE SHOES / FLOATERS / SLIPPERS
India is best enjoyed on foot. You will have to walk a LOT in India. Be it Markets, Local Sight Seeing, Shopping Malls, Bus / Metro Stations etc. Also, the roads are not same everywhere. Somewhere you might find them smooth as a runway and somewhere they are like just ok. So, to avoid ankle sprains or calf muscle pulls or pains, do not forget to carry a pair of comfortable Platform shoes, slippers or floaters, whatever you are comfortable to walk in long distances. This will definitely keep the leg cramps at bay.
4) EAR PLUGS
Like any other European country, do not expect a quiet environment in India. It is a noisy place for people coming over from other countries. If you are travelling in local transport or even by trains or bus, the noise can make you go bonkers. If you are OK with the honking, loudspeakers, songs, then you are most welcome to enjoy but if not, they are essential for you.
Yes, you might just come across a power cut in India and would need it handy.
6) MODEST & COMFORTABLE CLOTHING
India is a very modern country but at the same time, due to its rich and very ancient culture, it loves to be traditional. There are certain rules to be followed in terms of your attire while you are in India. One will find n number of religions being practiced by people all on the same land. During your visit, you will be visiting a lot of temples, shrines etc. where people with only modest clothing are allowed.
You will have to be covered modestly as a mark of respect to the religious faiths of people and avoid hurting their sentiments and falling in a thick soup. This will save you from a lot of criticism, arguments, undesired embarrassment and stares.
Apart from being modest, the clothing should be of comfortable & cool fabric, preferably, cotton or linen. Avoid bringing frilly, satin or silky clothes, unless you are attending some event, as they are going to make your travel uncomfortable due to extreme heat and humidity. You can choose long skirts, cotton dhoti pyjamas (they are very colorful and eye appealing, very much available in the Indian Markets and easy on the pocket too).
7) ENOUGH UNDERGARMENTS & COMFORTABLE TOO
India has extreme weather conditions. It can be soaring with temperature up to 45 degrees in summer. So if you are planning to travel in summers, you should carry adequate number of under garments to soak up the sweat and avoid getting your favorite dress all drenched up and sweat smelly with all those sweaty patches all over. For ladies, it is a must to wear while you are in India for your own safety and precaution.
8) SUNSCREEN LOTION, HAT & SUNGLASSES
The sunshine in India is too much and while you travel throughout the day to markets, restaurants, streets, museums etc. it can tan you even if you don’t plan for it. So, you should be carrying your favorite Sunscreen Lotion for sure and never forget to apply it before going out. A HAT is again a must have to protect your head from direct heat and avoid getting headache or heatstroke. Sunglasses are of course going to protect your eyes from the heat glares and the hot air in the afternoon.
9) ELECTROLYTES & MEDICINES
The heat here can make you go dizzy when you are visiting places as most of the historic monuments require a lot of walking. Also, at times, due to sudden change of place, and food, you might experience stomach upset or nausea. Therefor it is a must to carry few medicines that are usually for common cold, stomach upset, vomiting, headache, fever etc. and also Electrolytes along with. You can keep the electrolytes with you while visiting monuments to keep yourself going and energetic all the time.
10) WATER FILTRATION BOTTLES
Another backpack must have is the water filtration bottles with you. You will be getting packaged mineral drinking water in most of the places in the country but it is not always necessary that you might get the genuine ones EVERYWHERE. Suppose you plan to visit few villages or the rural India to get the rustic experience, you might find it difficult to get packaged mineral water for drinking. Hence, to avoid any kind of stomach issue, it is always better and safe to carry few water filtration bottles as they will come handy to drink water anywhere anytime. Pick the best brand.
11) BUG SPRAY OR LOTION / MOSQUITO NET
India has a very rich fauna, flora and varied climatic regions and so it is home to a lot of insects too. The common hosts you will meet include common house flies, mosquitoes, ants, bugs, bees, moth, dragonfly, wasp, cockroach, beetle, spiders, bedbugs, fruit flies etc. Some of them have a dangerous bite effect. Your encounter with them is not very likely to happen if you are staying in luxury hotels, but if you are planning on going for Budget accommodation, either hotel or hostels etc., you should be carrying a good bug spray or lotion with you. If you plan to trek in the outskirts and will be spending a night or few outside the cozy comfortable hotel room, you must carry a mosquito net along with to save yourself from the mosquito bites. If you do not wish to bring the load from home, you can even buy these from India as it has a good range of bug sprays available.
This above list is not an exhaustive one, but these are the ones that are important. There are a lot more things that you can carry along as per your convenience, but India too has a very developed market. You can always search whether it is available in India or not to reduce your luggage load.
I hope this list helps you out planning your visit here. Do not forget to leave your vauable feedback in the comments section.