Bon Voyage Series: What to carry in India

Just a few thoughts today on what you might want to include in your pack for each daily outing.  You have received an itinerary so you have some idea about what to expect for each days activities; in your pack should be the little things that will help get you through the busy and exciting days feeling good. Consider the supplies you rely on in your purse or car as you go about your day and use those to guide your personal selections.  The following are some of our  recommendations.

Personal hygiene items like tissue paper, flushable wet wipes, antibacterial hand wipes or sanitizing gel are all a good idea to bring as not all public restroom are stocked with toilet paper, paper towels or soap.  It would be wise to carry with you any medications you may need during the day and a few first aid supplies such as band-aids, antiseptic, pain medication or allergy medication.  Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and/or scarf or bandana are also great to have.

As you prepare to leave each day make sure you have a supply of good water.  We recommend drinking only sealed bottled water.  The hotel offers free bottles of purified local water or sealed bottles for purchase so make sure you specify when requesting water.  On days you attend clinics or other rural projects you should take extra water with you as it may be difficult to find water to buy.  On touring days there will be plenty of access to shops so taking one bottle with you should be sufficient and it is always nice to refresh with a cold drink!  Healthy snacks are a great thing to carry with you, just avoid chocolate or anything that melts.

Of course you will want to carry with you your camera and some money but other valuables and the majority of your money should remain in the hotel.  It is also recommended that you leave your passport in your luggage at the hotel.  Be aware of your bag in crowded markets or on public transportation.  Move it from your back to your front or lap and do not leave it unattended.

Your expedition leaders will have similar supplies with them so don’t hesitate to ask if you have forgotten something or run out.  We are excited to have you join us and look forward to seeing you soon!

– Andrea