We don’t expect everyone to look like supermodels (like one of our 2015 groups, pictured above during their Amritsar Heritage Walk) but we want you to feel comfortable and prepared without having to lug around a huge suitcase. This is just a suggested packing list for the basics; we’ll provide a more season-specific packing list for your group.
- The weight limit on your flights within India will be 44 lbs (20 kg), not the 50 lbs (22.5 kg) that you may be used to domestically and internationally.
- We live out of their suitcases year round and they swear by packing cubes! Rolling your clothes (instead of folding) and using packing cubes make packing a dream. Here’s a brief blog on the benefits of packing cubes.
Although more and more Indians are adopting Western wear, traditional clothing is very prevalent and modesty is the name of the game. In that spirit, please do not wear clothes that are tight, transparent or show too much skin, such tank tops or halter tops. We also discourage wearing form-fitting “skinny” jeans and shorts/skirts above the knee. Instead, we recommend wear loose fitting clothing such as long skirts, pants, capri-length pants, and blouses or Indian kurtas.
- 6+ pairs undergarments; you can always have them washed or wash them in your bathroom
- 3-5 pair light cotton pants or long skirts. You may want to bring leggings (2 or 3 pair) to wear under your long kurtas, tunics, skirts or pants on chilly mornings or evenings (again—it’s all about the layers!) Fleece pants might be nice and good to sleep in depending on the time of year.
- 4-5 cotton t-shirts, blouses, or long sleeve shirts. You can always have laundry done at the hotels, but bring as many as will make you feel comfortable.
- A light sweater/cardigan for chilly morning or evenings, and a heavier sweater or medium-weight jacket for chilly mornings certain times of year.
- Sleeping attire, as the rooms will not have heat in them at night (although they will have plenty of blankets). Please make sure you bring sleeping attire to keep you warm.
- Comfortable walking shoes; sneakers or comfortable slip-ons will suffice. Remember that you canot wear shoes or even socks inside the Golden Temple.
- A pair of sandals or flip-flops, if you wish. They’ll be convenient for around the hotels, local excursions, and the Golden Temple (when you have to check your footwear at the door). Walking sandals (such as Teva’s or Chaco’s) would also work.
- Sarongs are super handy for so many reasons (men and women). Makes for a good cover-up, eyeshade, pillow, scarf, napkin, tissue, etc. These will be readily available early in our travels.
- Head covering. You can easily buy a scarf or bandanna outside the temple, as your head must be covered inside the Golden Temple.
- A hat with a brim is a great idea for our daytime adventures outside the Temple (no brimmed hats inside the temple).
- Ear plugs and eye shades to help you sleep better and recover from jet lag more quickly. Click here for more of our tips on preventing and dealing with jet lag.
- Good sunscreen. We prefer mineral-based ones like Devita: good for you, good for the environment. How do you know if it’s mineral based? If the active ingredient is either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide—that’s it. They might be a little pricier initially, but a little goes a long way.
- Daypack or camera bag. (If you need a recommendation on a camera, BJ would be happy to help, just email him. We can discuss what type of photography you like, how much you want to spend, and how much you want to carry around.)
- If you do bring your camera, don’t forget extra batteries and/or your charging cord! You may want to think about an extra memory card, too.
- People tend to think they need to bring toilet paper to India—not true! However, bringing a few packs of travel tissues isn’t a bad idea, to keep on you for public restrooms.
- Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer. Nothing replaces good ol’ hand-washing, but this will work in a pinch.
- Ladies will want to bring any necessary feminine hygiene products with them.
- Plug adaptor for electronics: you’ll need a 2 pin adaptor common across Europe. Here’s a nice example of a great universal adapter and here’s one with USB ports, as well.
- VERY IMPORTANT! A print out of your RETURN airline ticket itinerary; you’ll need this to enter the airport to get home. You can also have it readily accessibly on your phone (you may want to save it as a photo).
- Photocopy of your passport and your visa, just in case you need them.
- A small travel umbrella, if you wish; can work for rain (which we’re not expecting) OR as a parasol (although you cannot use it inside the Golden Temple).
- Small notebook and pen for journaling purposes, if you desire.
- Enough of any prescription drugs you need, as well as over-the-counter needs. We recommend Imodium (anti-diarrheal), a probiotic (we are fans of Jarrodophilus EPS), as well as melatonin and Benadryl for jet lag purposes.