kit list, north india, what to pack -


India is one of the most diverse and magical countries on the planet. It is also vast beyond your imagination, with a stunning array of different cultures, languages, foods, histories, trades, climates, sports...(the list goes on and on). This is precisely why it is often difficult to pack for India. 

This Kit List focuses on North India, more specifically travel in the Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. 

A few essentials (most of which are available in our shop)

  • Sandals or flip flops: slip on/off, ideal for the many times in India where you will need to remove your footwear i.e. temples and houses
  • Insect repellent: DEET repellents, despite varying opinions on safety, are effective but we prefer anything with a base of citronella. For more on avoiding mosquitos read this...
  • Water bottle: fill up on filtered drinking water, available commonly nowadays. See our Refillable Travel Bottle for a durable option
  • Travel adaptor
  • Small torch
  • Sunscreen: high factor if possible. We recommend going local to buy this and speaking to the vendor about efficacy
  • Shawl or lightweight scarf
  • Loose and thin trousers: bring one pair and buy what you need in the country (much cheaper and often superior in quality)
  • Cotton T shirts / vests
  • Shoulder bag or waist pouch: cross strap preferably so you can wear on your back or front
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Small charger or Power Bank
  • Thin travel towel: one that dries fast, lightweight and easy to pack
  • Buff or small scarf 

A few things you WON'T need 

  • Alarm clock
  • Large backpack: simply not necessary! 40L maximum. You will actually use much less than you think you will
  • Big boots: they are heavy and unnecessary. Even if you are trail hiking or doing a grassroots project in brackish lagoon, you won't need them. 90% of the locals around you will be wearing sandals or flip flops. Just bring a decent pair of lightweight trainers
  • Too many warm layers: bring just one jersey or jumper. Simple!
  • Too much cash: withdraw what you need for the first couple of days. ATMs in India will handle the rest
  • Computer: unless you are doing a project or staying in a city
  • Jewellery
  • Unnecessary valuables: it's much easier to be comfortable and enjoy your travel without having to think about valuables on your person or hotel


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