Your passport, with 6 months validity.
Travel insurance is a must!
Your visa which is required by most nationalities to visit India.
Vaccination was not compulsory when we visited but Covid 19 vax may be required now
A bag or suitcase that you can confidently carry, not too heavy… don’t bring too much luggage.
Domestic flights have 15kg luggage limit
Domestic in-flight baggage limit of 7kg
Power bank for long bus/train/car journeys
Multi-region adaptor with surge protect
Noise cancelling headphones
Insect repellant- mosquitoes are prolific so ensure the repellant is 80% DEET
Buff or mask- great to cover up to help cope with pollution and dust
Light clothing, a light merino jumper/cardi, light waterproof jacket, hat, sunglasses.
Local clothing is readily available either ready-made or custom tailored overnight and can be great to wear particularly in rural or conservative parts of India. I love to wear kurtas over jeans especially from Fab India, many of which are made with hand block printed cotton fabric.
It can be more dusty and polluted than here in Aotearoa so try to wear darker colours.
A scarf is always useful, to drape, cover up, use as a daub for cool water around your neck.
Don’t bring your expensive jewelry collection, as an alternative consider purchasing handcrafted trinkets along the way or beautiful Indian mined rubies in Jaipur.
To read about my full India trip experience including itinerary, attractions, tips etc please click here