GOING TO INDIA? READ THIS!

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GOING TO INDIA? READ THIS!

A common consideration is what to wear on your travels to India, and what to take with you. Before we travel, we are in a state of mild delirium mixed with excitement and nerves. Hanuman's tip here is to prepare in advance and make a list of what you will need a week before travelling. Keep in mind comfort and of course mobility, but also the local traditions and cultural norms. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

For Men

  • Longer shorts are recommended, as opposed to those 70’s mini shorts. Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts are common but we recommend a vest and a shirt. The vest will cool you down as a sweat-breaker and the shirt will keep you light and aired.

  • In sacred places such as temples you will be expected to remove your footwear and wear long trousers and sleeves.

  • Avoid denim as it is heavy and you will sweat more than necessary.


For Women

  • In general you should stick to comfortable t-shirts and shirts and shorts that cover your knees.

  • Take profit of the vast amount of garments on sale including shawls, pyjama, kurta etc that are perfect for the local climate

  • Try to stay in line with the local traditions and cultural norms. 

  • Respect the local cultures and dress appropriately.

  • Avoid revealing clothing, even on certain beaches. In Goa generally anything is acceptable as it is very westernised.

 

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

We all know the stress of having to prepare for a trip; what to pack, what to leave, what to buy when you are there, what have I forgotten etc. There is lots to remember! That’s why we have compiled the following article for you, to take some of the stress off what should be a really wonderful process.

Take in mind that this list is not absolute, and there will be many things that vary from person to person and of course region to region. 

For travel in summer, or to a hotter region:

  • Travel light! You can buy many things very cheaply when you land in the country. A backpack is always more comfortable and mobile than a suitcase.

  • Sun cream. Very important in summer days and there are many more brands that will exist in your home country than in shops in India/Nepal/Tibet/Bhutan etc.

  • Sunglasses, a brimmed hat, a light shawl or scarf to protect yourself from the sun.

  • Electronics such as your music player, your phone, an adaptor or converter. Avoid carrying a cumbersome laptop.

  • As a general rule think light colours, long sleeves and cotton. Spend more on comfort as it will help you more than you think!

  • We suggest a vest under your shirt to act as a sweat-breaker. If you are travelling in humid regions remember to carry several changes of t-shirt as you will sweat a lot.

  • Laundry can be done everywhere, and very cheaply. Make sure things can roll up or fold nicely to maximise on space.

  • Whilst you must respect the local traditions, places such as Goa will have lax laws on partying and what you should be wearing. Therefore take a couple of party-shirts for the experience.

  • Always. Carry. Toilet. Roll.

  • Get a range of basic toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, face cream, soap, a flannel and a fold-up towel. Don’t forget your hand sanitizer as it could save you a couple of days of Delhi Belly. Include a range of medicines such as ibuprofen, something for an upset stomach/motion sickness.


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