25 Essential Travel Items
Updated: May 12
What to pack when travelling to India?
I have spent two weeks travelling in India. It was a life-changing trip which I will never forget. However, as a female solo traveller, I had to take certain precautions to make sure my trip was safe and I felt good throughout it.
I had a personal driver at all times with me to travel from one city to another which helped me tremendously! I could simply enjoy every moment not worrying about how to get from one place to another. I did a lot of research before my trip of what to pack so I am well and healthy during the whole journey.
In this article, I will cover everything you need to pack for a trip to India. I will share with you what things will help you to have the most relaxing trip in a country like India and where to buy those things online. Using this India packing list, you will be able to plan your trip quickly and stress free. I will also let you know what I did to avoid 'Delhi Belly' or 'Traveller's Diarrhoea'.
What to wear when travelling to India?
I have visited Rajasthan area in India in October and it was around 30 degrees - pretty hot and humid. If it was ever 30 degrees in Scotland, I would most likely wear shorts and tank tops or short dresses, however, in India you must respect the culture. For travel in Idnia, I recommend packing loose cotton trousers, quick dry yoga pants, a few tank tops, a couple of scarves or shawls, hat, sunglasses, a watch, comfortable leather sandals and trainers.
The Ultimate Female Travel Packing List to India:
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1) Cotton Trousers
Comfortable slim fit.
Variety of colours to choose from.
2) Quick Dry Leggings or Yoga Pants
Super comfortable - these Yoga Leggings for women offer outstanding wearing comfort. The blend of cotton and elastane means that the material has a pleasantly soft feel and adapts perfectly to your body.
Breathable - these comfortable yoga pants are breathable, allowing your skin to breathe. This allows you to feel the air flow and sweat less.
Environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Perfect for yoga practise - whether it’s hatha, vinyasa flow or hot yoga, these yoga pants offer you a high level of wearing comfort and best support you during your yoga exercises.
Stretch and shape retention - the low elastane content of 5% means that these yoga pants are stretchy so that they are able to perfectly adapt to your body. The sports bottoms still keep their shape, helping you to achieve greater stability.
3) Cotton Tank Top
Loose fit styling, wide straps.
92% Cotton, 8% Elastane.
Hip Length, longer hem offers extra coverage.
Material wicks sweat & dries really fast.
4) Colourful Scarf
Fabrics: 100% Mulberry silk, the natural protein fiber, making you feel soft and comfortable. Cool in summer and warm in winter, bringing considerate protection when you enjoy the sunshine.
Can be worn around your neck, head, waist, or hair as well as on a hat or handbag, etc.
Package: Exquisite packaging, giving your lover, family, friends a decent gift. Not only be used as packaging, but also for daily storage.
Big Sun Hat Material: sun hat for women with uv protection wide brim packable. It is woven with high-quality natural papyrus, which is both light and durable.
One size fits all: brim width: 15CM /5.90 inches; Crown height: 12CM/4.72 inches. Hat Circumference: 58CM /22.83 inches; Diameter: 48CM/18.9 inches. Fits most ladies heads, adjustable tape is built inside sweatband, you can adjust it to fit well.
Foldable: this is a foldable beach hat, you can pack it easily in your bag and take away when you don't need it for a while; You will find that it's easily sprung back into good shape after folding and putting it in your luggage or suitcase while travelling.
6) Sun Glasses
Lens width: 5.2 centimetres. Lens height: 5.2 centimetres. Bridge: 18 millimetres.
Crystal lenses with anti-reflective coating have been shaped by Diamond Tools.
Every lens blocks 100% UVA, UVB.
The Ray-Ban lens is exposed to consecutive cycles of UV light and moisture.
Band Width: 18 mm; Inner Circumference: 190 +/-5 mm.
Band Material: Leather.
Water Resistance: 5 ATM.
Packed in a Michael Kors Gift Box.
8) Comfortable Leather Sandals
Outer Material: Leather. Inner Material: Textile.
Sole: Gum Rubber. Closure: Buckle.
Heel Height: 2 centimetres. Heel Type: Flat.
Closure: Lace-Up. Heel Type: Low
Shoe Width: Medium. Color: Rust Pink/Tropical Pink
Made In: Indonesia. Brand New With Original Box
My biggest recommendation for women travelling to India is to pack a few colourful kimono style cardigans. You can wear them on a tank top and leggings and it looks amazing in pictures. Some of the cardigans can be quite revealing so I usually put on a light scarf to feel comfortable. If you are a white female in India, there are three reasons to cover yourself up - to avoid locals staring at you, not to get sunburn and to protect your body from mosquito bites! Definitely pack some sun screen, mosquito repellents and also after bite creams because those bites can get rather itchy! On another note, for all my documents and cash I found it really useful to have a small cross-body bag which I was carrying with me at all times.
10) Kimono Style Cardigan
Open front design with macrame and fringe details.
Sheer light lace fabric, perfect for summer,
Lace and loose.
Very soft, comfortable and see-through.
Very high protection (SPF50+) UVA & UVB facial sun cream.
Light protective fluid which melts into the skin thanks to its light Fusion Fluid texture.
Water resistant and transfer resistant.
Offers very high protection (full spectrum) against both UVA and UVB rays.
12) Mosquito Repellent
Repellent designed for High Risk Areas: 95% concentration of DEET is highly effective against mosquitoes to prevent Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow fever (highest strength DEET repellent on the market).
Effective Formulation for Maximum Level Protection: 95% DEET and 0.1% Pyrethrin, each application will last over 10 hours, however re-application is recommended in areas with high temperature and humidity to keep you protected for longer.
Proven Protection: DEET is proven to be the best repellent against mosquitoes available. This comes in different strengths and the higher the percentage, the more effective it is and the longer it lasts. The most popular strength is 50% DEET but we recommend you get one with a bite inhibitor (PLUS+).
Suitable for Children aged 6 years and over.
13) After Bite Cream
Unique blend of therapeutic essential oils, aloe vera, and calendula helps to relieve symptoms of discomfort from bug bites and stings including itching, redness, and swelling.
100% effective for the whole family. Using traditional herbal knowledge and modern techniques, the formula simply works with a blend of oils that heal, soothe and alleviate pain caused by bites from mosquitos, chiggers and mites, deer and horse flies, bed bugs, fleas, spiders, ticks, fire ants, bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and other insects.
Quality ingredients that not only help with bug bites, but can also be used to heal small cuts and scratches, dry cracked skin, alleviate symptoms of sunburn and minor burns, poison ivy, suman and oak, scabies, eczema, and jelly fish stings.
Naturally heal and provide comfort with an easy to use balm that applies smoothly to the skin (not grainy), does the job, and smells great!
100% Natural and Therapeutic Grade Ingredients - No harsh chemicals or toxins. 100% Vegan (no beeswax!) and Cruelty Free.
14) Small Cross-Body Bag
Saffiano leather and gold tone hardware
Zip closure; Outer Material: Smooth Leather
Interior: Two large open pockets, signature lining and leather logo plate
Measurements: Height 6.2" (16.5 cm) x Width 9.5" (25 cm) x Depth 2" (6 cm)
Gold tone chain and leather strap 22.5"- 26" (58 cm -67 cm)
What to eat and drink when in India and how to avoid 'traveller's diarrhoea'?
I was staying mainly in four-five star hotels which offered different kind of buffets. However, I was extremely careful when choosing my food. I didn't eat any fresh fruit, vegetables or drink tap water (except in Narendra Bhawan Hotel in Bikaner due to its own water purifying system). All I had was cooked, hot food. I am pescatarian so I usually chose to order different kind of breads like naan, chapatis, paratha, kulcha, roti and vegetable or paneer curries with a glass of refreshing Cobra beer. I felt great throughout entire trip so I am glad I was cautious with what I ate. The only downside was gaining 4kg in two weeks but all those mouthwatering Indian dishes were more than worth it!
To make sure my gut health was at its best, two weeks before the trip I have been taking probiotic tablets. I would recommend continue taking them during and after the trip. However, the theory is that the healthier your gut pre-trip, the better equipped it is to deal with new bacteria during your trip so make sure you do it.
15) Probiotic Tablets
A daily digestive health supplement with 10 billion friendly bacteria per capsule as well as 2 types of natural fibre which feed and encourage the 'friendly' bacteria.
Each capsule provides 8 live strains of friendly bacteria which are naturally present in your digestive system, as well as S. boulardii - a strain of friendly yeast.
The live bacteria complement the gut flora already present in your digestive system and the total count is guaranteed till the end of shelf life.
The capsules do not need to refrigerated and can be stored at room temperature. Suitable for use with antibiotics and as part of a healthy diet.
For women, men and children over 12 years. The formulation is Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, GMO-Free and is suitable for vegans.
The main priority when travelling in India is to stay hydrated. I was having electrolyte tablet drinks every single day to make sure my body is hydrated. I have also packed water purifying filter in case I would end up in a situation where no bottled water was available.
I was travelling from one city to another by car, sometimes for four to five hours. During car journeys, it is always a good idea to have a snack bag. Personally, I have brought a massive bag of different high protein snacks like protein bars, nuts and dried fruit. I have also packed my main vitamins with me so I can take them daily. I would recommend these: multivitamin, iron, calcium, magnesium, omega 3 fats and vitamin D supplements.
The last tip not to get food/water poisoning when in India, is to always use hand sanitisers and tissues making sure your hands are clean at all times.
16) Electrolyte Hydration Tablets
New and improved formula.
Same great electrolyte profile that has kept athletes hydrated for years.
The addition of non-go (non-genetically modified) sourced dextrose helps the body to absorb fluids more efficiently while still containing 1g of sugar or less.
Clean ingredients: plant-based sweeteners and ingredients to increase health benefits.
Gluten-free, dairy + soy free, safe for clean sport certifications.
17) Personal Water Filter
Award winning: The LifeStraw Personal water filter is a must have for hiking, camping, travel, backpacking and emergencies; no survival or disaster kit is complete without it.
Doing good: For each LifeStraw product you purchase a school child in a developing community receives clean drinking water for one school year. By 2018, LifeStraw has supported more than 1 million children in Africa.
Highest filtration standards: Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EU and EPA filter standards. It removes E. Coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium oocysts, and many other waterborne contaminants.
18) Protein Snacks
The Muscle Locker High Protein Bar Fitness Supplement Selection Variety Snack Gift Box. Start to discover new supplements and take your workouts to the next level with our High Protein Fitness Box.
10+ fitness supplement snacks per box. Convenient healthy on the go snacks. Top selling, premium branded items. Huge selection of supplement products in your box.
Convenient, on the go or post workout Protein bars, Protein powders, Pre-workouts, and BCAAs from the likes of Grenade Carb Killa, PhD Nutrition, Optimum Nutrition, Barebells, USN, Trust, CNP and much much more.
Supplement comes with a fantastic 12 month supply, with each of the 365 Vegan Tablets containing the benefits of the 26 essential active Vitamins & Minerals.
Each tablet contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Chromium, Molybdenum, and Iodine.
Multivitamin Tablet comes with a multitude of health benefits. Though the full list of benefits is too extensive to detail, some of the health benefits associated with the 26 essential active vitamins & minerals are reduction of tiredness & fatigue; maintenance of normal immunity; maintenance of normal bones, teeth, hair and skin; and maintenance of normal muscle function. Claims substantiated by EFSA.
20) Hand Sanitizing Gel
Pleasant strawberry smell
What technology should I pack to India?
India is incredibly colourful country so you should take a good quality camera in order to take all those beautiful pictures! I personally used my iPhone a lot, however when I was in India, I wish I had a professional camera to capture these unforgettable moments. Lastly, do not forget to pack your electrical adapter. I had three with me for all my chargeable things like mobile phone, iPad and hair straightener. Another important thing to book before your trip is travel insurance. I highly recommend getting a reliable travel insurance provider in order to make sure your finances are protected in case anything happens during the trip. I personally also packed a first aid kit - better be safe than sorry. I hope you have an enjoyable, incredible trip to India!
6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD LCD display
Water and dust resistant (2 metres for up to 30 minutes, IP68)
Dual-camera system with 12MP Ultra Wide and Wide cameras; Night mode, and 4K video up to 60fps
12MP TrueDepth front camera with Portrait mode, 4K video, and Slo-Mo
Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine
Fast-charge capable; Wireless charging
22) Professional Camera
Travel with 40x optical zoom in your pocket
Capture memories in 4K Ultra High Definition
Confidently shoot 20. 3 Megapixel photos
Share and store photos with Wi-Fi and Auto Transfer
Digital Camera PowerShot SX740 HS (BK) Wrist Strap WS-800 Battery Pack NB-13L Battery Charger CB-2LHE AC Cable (E) User Manual Kit
23) Electrical Adapter
This set of two plugs are perfect for foreign visitors to India. It converts UK, European, American and Australian plugs to India standard 2 pin or 3 pin plugs.
These are plug adapters and not voltage transformers. They do not convert electricity / voltage and can be used only for plug type conversion. Please make sure the voltage of your device is workable in your destination country otherwise it could damage your appliance.
24) Travel Insurance
Travel insurance covers people from 140 countries, with medical and evacuation cover, 24-hour emergency assistance and over 150 adventure activities.
Experienced team bring service, underwriting expertise and technology, making them the number one choice for many of the world's leading travel brands such as Lonely Planet.
25) First Aid Kit
All of products carry ISO13485, CE and FDA approvals to ensure conformance to global standards.
Contents – Packed with 92 pieces of useful and valuable hospital grade medical supplies.
I hope you found this detailed India packing list useful! Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about your travel in India or any essential items for India.
I am sure, this packing list will be especially great for female solo first-time travellers. Please comment below - I will be happy to help you out.