How to Pack for a Trip to India


How to Pack for a Trip to India. Prepare for heat, pollution and a lot of dust when packing your bags for India. Go with loose-fitting, breathable fabrics to keep cool and optimize comfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Carry-on Bags
  • Garment Bags
  • Luggage Sets
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel Clothes
  • Umbrellas
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Insect Repellents
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpacks
  • Duffel Bags

Pack conservative clothes. Longer shorts and pants are most appropriate for men. Women should opt for skirts below the knee and casual slacks. Shorts are inappropriate for women, as are short skirts, tank tops and revealing, low-cut shirts.

Keep evening wear very casual, as India is not a dressy society. Women might opt for a long printed skirt and a matching blouse. Men will do well in lightweight khaki pants and a short-sleeved print shirt.

Bring tops in cotton and linen to keep as cool as possible in the heat. Take a few sweaters and a fleece jacket for warmth in the winter.

Pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock and sunglasses when visiting during the summer months. Stash an umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season.

Take comfortable, rubber-soled sandals and shoes. Canvas and nylon will absorb the dirt, so consider shoes with well-worn leather uppers in dark colors.

Remember to pack the essential nonclothing items: individually wrapped hand wipes, small packets of tissue paper, a small bottle of liquid detergent, mosquito nets, insect repellent and flying bug spray.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bring a carry-on bag that includes everything you might need in case your luggage goes astray: visa, passport, change of clothes, all medications, spare contact lenses or glasses, and all forms of money.
  • Take clothes that are easy to wash by hand. Although you may have access to dry cleaners, the chemicals used in India are extremely harsh on fabrics and may damage your clothing.
  • Pack to accommodate your needs. Leave superfluous items at home.

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