Packing For A Holiday To India

by Kim on January 8, 2013

There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to packing for a holiday to India. First of all it’s worth bearing in mind that temperatures in this part of the world regularly exceed 25 degrees centigrade. So you can afford to leave your favourite woollen jumper and Arctic coat at home. You should also think about the different types of activities that you’ll be trying during your Indian holidays. If you’re planning on taking a camel ride across the desert then jeans may not be the best bet. Further guidance regarding the do’s and don’ts of packing for India have been highlighted by Directline Holidays in this article.

Suitcase Or Backpack?

If you’re jetting off on a luxury flight with the intention of spending most of your time at a plush Indian hotel then you might well opt to bring a suitcase. However, a backpack might be more suitable for those of you who are planning on hiking in the Himalayan foothills and stopping at local youth hostels. It would also be a good idea to leave particularly valuable items in a safety deposit box.

Respecting The Local Customs

The people of India have mixed opinions regarding the types of clothing that should be worn. It is quite possible to get by with casual t-shirts and jeans in the Westernised parts of Mumbai and Delhi. However you are advised to cover up well on visits to the rural areas of India. It would be a good idea to bring lightweight and easily removable shoes if you are planning on taking a look around the religious temples.

Drowning Out The Noise

The pace of life is quite frantic in many parts of India. Tuk tuk drivers hurtle around the local streets beeping their horns at all times of day and night. Dogs run about barking and local people call out quite randomly. During the daytime you might like to sit back and watch the action unfold. However, you might wish for some peace and quiet during the evening. You are well advised to bring ear muffs and mp3 players, which can be used to play soothing music.

Staying Healthy

There are a number of quality medical establishments and well stocked pharmacies in the major cities of India. However, you may have a problem when it comes to picking up medical supplies from pharmacists who have a very basic grasp of English. So you should pack any medicines that are required on a regular basis. It might also be necessary to take vaccinations against diseases such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid, depending on which areas you’ll be visiting.

Pictures Of India

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take pictures during your holidays in India. On a typical day you might see splendidly decorated temples, beautiful Indian ladies dressed in colourful saris and children playing unusual street games. The action may be captured on a good quality camera.