I'm Italian so please forgive the grammar
PALAP SHOULD BE YOUR MANTRA
Pack as little as possible guys, and pack only what you need. You don’t wish to find yourself backpacking all around India overloaded with useless stuff, too many heavy books and 12 cm heels that you’ll never wore cause to afraid to drench them in cow shit, while regretting the 150 gr uncharged Kindle you left somewhere home and asking yourself why I didn’t bring those ugly hiking boot and the hand sanitizer?
India is filthy, finding tampons is a nightmare and is more important to bring condoms rather than clothes.
So, whether this is your first trip or you’re a seasoned globetrotter, it’s always helpful to have a comprehensive checklist of what you want to pack, here my advises.
Keep in mind that I’m a SHE, 28 years old, smoker (so maybe the “I’ll die without” tobacco + papers + filters is not your thing), heavy reader and tech born girl.
FIRST OF ALL CHOOSE YOUR LUGGAGE/S
The type of luggage you are going to choose really depends on your itinerary and on which kind of traveller you are. My mum for example won’t never ever renounce to wheeled trolleys and annoying giant duffel bags, she’s kind of an heavy traveller and also one of those who would choose to carry all of her stuff (and her stuff are the most heavy and bulky luggage I ever saw) on her head while crossing a river full of Piranhas rather than travel light with only a backpack on her shoulders and a bag.
I’m not judging at all.
While, if you are more among those who hates to move up and down from train and stairs heavy luggage designed to roll, and if you want to carry your thing in a comfortable way while having your hands free to take pictures, write down notes or eat street food, go for a backpack.
This time, I went for a big black waterproof backpack (almost a backpack) (but I still have to test it), a small cross body purse and a smaller backpack that eventually fits in the big one.
- North Face Base Camp L → NF is always a warranty
- North face Borealis → is perfect for tech gear
- North Face Base Camp beauty case → no need to say that is waterproof
- Guidi Q10 → I’m the designer and I get stuff for free
If I wasn’t going to carry my laptop, instead of North Face Borealis maybe I would have chosen something else, maybe..
- passport with at least six month validity after your dates of travel
- visa → since April 2017 you can apply on line for your E-VISA , here a step-by-step how to
- yellow card
- travel insurance document → If everyone suggest you World Nomads there’s a reason
- hidden pocket – money belt – bra stash → hidden pocket is the most comfy
- cash (euro – dollar – rupees)
- cards (debits – credits)
- printed flights confirmation → spend a minute to print them cause you’ll always need them
- printed hotel confirmation
- copy of your documents
- notebook + pens → Moleskine is my thing, they are black..
- passport size photographs for various permits
- pacsafe / backpack protection
- plastic ziplock bags
- tobacco + papers + filters
- lighter → although you are not allowed to carry lighters after airport security check, nor the matches.
- phone + charger
- additional phone + additional charger → to get an Indian sim card is super easy and quite cheap
- camera + charger
- additional battery
- additional sd cards
- lap top + charger
- converter and plug adapter
- ebook reader + charger
- torch + stacks
- microfiber cloth
CARRY ON 24/7
- tech + charger
- lightweight scarf
- sun screen
- mosquito repellent
- wet wipes
- foldable rain coat
- pocket knife
CARRY ON SMALL BACKPACK
- laptop + charger
- additional pens
- small beauty case
- sleeping mask
- sleeping pillow
- first aid supplies
- extra socks
- extra t-shirt
FOCUS ON CLOTHES, AS THEY ARE THE LESS IMPORTANT THING.
The climate in India is majorly hot and humid as August it’s monsoon season and as I saw/heard till now, only in the Himalayan north area can be a bit chilly during night-time or after a rain storm.
Don’t bring too many clothes, just don’t, force yourself if necessary to bring only the essentials.
Try to choose clothes that keep you cool, or maybe don’t bring them at all, after few days here you’ll find out that after all clothes are not something so essential. It rains a lot, and you sweat a lot, and laundry is difficult to dry cause is humid as hell. You can survive for days just with a scarf, a lightweight scarf is the only thing you need, is the most versatile accessorize you could ever imagine and you can style it in infinite ways.
The other reason (my other reason) to not bring too many clothes is that I’ll never renounce shopping, and for a bunch of rupees you’ll find everything you may need. Also, whatever linen dress or cotton shirt your going to buy in India they’ll be better quality than those acrylic H&M fake silk floral sleeveless dress. Nor a scarf is so essential because you can buy a beautiful one almost in every corner. However the T-shirts that I saw till now are kinda horrible.
Regarding your outfit, comfortable must be the key world, choose loose clothes that cover up your shoulders and knees and lightweight natural tissues. Also keep in mind that light colors are better for survive super heat situations. Like white, white is perfect, always perfect. As a personal suggestion try to go basic with colors and patterns. I hate colors, that’s true, usually I dress in grayscale and I wear combat boots also in August with 40° but mine is a personal issue, the real reason is that is just much easier to mix and match a white linen shirt with the classic lightweight jeans that you brought from home or with the long skirt you are going to buy in India.
Make also sure than you can match your outfits both with your sandals (I went for Suicoke sandals as I find them cool, in a way, but also because they are so fucking comfortable. Even something like black Arizona sandals or the brown Boston leather Birkenstock are nice choices) and the hiking boots you didn’t left home. Or with the sneakers, or whatever, just make the combination thing an option as, when possible, remaining comfortable yet cool in multiple ways while carrying few stuff is kind of nice and if you sticked to a minimal aesthetic is easier.
Last but not least, don’t forget that India is still a very conservative country and respect for tradition is important, you can keep your crop tops but unless you are in Goa leave the micro shorts for the next Coachella.
- hiking boots for trecks or sneakers
- comfortable sandals
- rain coat
- long sleeve shirt
- plain t-shirt
- long jeans
- lightweight sweater
- laundry bag
- cross body purse
- tech backpack
- lightweight scarf
- microfiber cloth
COLD CLIMATE EXTRAS
- sleeping bag
- thermal underneath shirt
- wool sweater
- warm tech jacket / down jacket
- thermal underneath leggings
- jeans / cargo pants
- heavy socks
ON THE PLANE
- comfortable outfit
- compression socks
- bulkiest shoes
- tech charged
- first aid kit
- personal medical prescription
- antidiarrhoeal / gastroenteritis treatments
- non refrigerated probiotic
- broad spectrum antibiotics
- hydrocortisone cream
- anti- histamine
- antibiotic eyedrops
- anti-itch cream
- cystitis treatment
- antimycotic medication
- intestinal parasites treatment
- pevaryl genital solution → maybe someone would find it gross but I would never find my self without a treatment for vagina yeast infection
- face wipes
- cotton pads
- tooth-brush + tooth paste
- contact + solution + contact case
- brush / comb
- hair ties
- no rinse hair serum / dry oil
- body soap
- small shampoo + conditioner
- nail clipper + nail file
- sunscreen and face lotion with spf
- travel towel
- toilet paper
- minimal make up
LIQUID < 100 ML / < 3 OZ
- travel dental kit
- micellar water
- facial sunscreen high spf
- facial day and night cream
- bug spray
Pint and bookmark this travel packing list because you’ll want to refer to it as your trip gets closer. It’ll serve as a tool to tell you what to pack, but also will help you make sure you’ve thought of everything else you might want to pack.
GOOD LUCK TRAVELLERS , WISH YOU A SAFE TRIP
Obviously feel free to adjust the list to your needs or comment me with some extra tips and advice.