India is a truly spectacular country and there are many reasons why this millions of tourists flock here every year. For many, it is a trip of a lifetime. As with any adventurous trip across the world, it is vital to do your research and have a plan for your trip.
It is even more important that you pack the right gear too. India may be very different to any country that you have visited before so you need to make sure that you have packed everything that you need.
1. A good backpack
There is a reason that this type of travelling is called backpacking. You need a backpack! As you may be walking and jumping on and off buses during your time here, you will need a backpack that can take some punishment.
You need to find the right balance between a large and light backpack and one that will be sturdy enough to handle your adventure through India. It’s a good idea to check the reviews of the backpack you’re thinking of taking before you travel as you need to know if it is well made before you trust all of your travel equipment and clothes to its care.
2. Money Belt
Any large city and public place across the world is going to have their fair share of pickpockets and thieves, India is no different. You will need to have your wits about you as you explore this wonderful country and being proactive in this regard goes a long way.
If you get a money belt that fits under your clothes you can use this to store your passport and cash along with anything else that is small and valuable. This can make a huge difference to your experience in India and should not be overlooked when you are packing your gear.
3. Dust mask
India has a lot of pollution, especially in the main cities. You will probably be spending a lot of your time in these areas so it is important that you have a dust mask with you in case the pollution and dust get too much for you. This is one of the more important travel items and should not be overlooked when travelling on India tours.
4. Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
These items are something that you should probably bring with you wherever you go as dirt and bacteria are everywhere. The big difference between travelling to India is that your body will not be used to the local bugs and you could get sick quite easily. You may even find that the public washrooms have no soap or paper towels, at this moment you will be very thankful that you have some wet wipes or hand sanitizer.
You are on holiday after all! It’s going to be sunny and hot if you are in India for the summer and you will need some sunglasses to be comfortable and to also protect your eyes. It is advised to bring these with you even if you are in the winter sun.
6. Travel pillow
You can use this for much more than just the flight. If you are planning on taking any buses trips you will need this to stay comfortable. There is nothing worse than having to carry a heavy bag when you have a sore neck.
Map reading is something that most of us have not had to do for some time. Thanks to smartphones it is really easy to find out where you are and how to get where you’re going in just a few taps. When you’re in India you may not have cell phone service and need to fall back on a map to help you navigate.