Travel Kit to India

Before Coming to India

In the off-season the weather is not as nice (it gets very hot in May then June brings the monsoon), and in areas where the monsoon hits hard like Goa and Kerala, pretty much everything is shut from restaurants to hostels. Another downside of traveling off-season is that there will be fewer tourists to meet along the way which could be potential travel buddies.

There are some places you should avoid in the most “peak” times of peak season, which are around Christmas and New Year, and that would be Goa (partiers come in droves) and Agra (people using time off work to see the Taj Mahal).

If you can only come in the off-season, don’t fret. A fantastic place to go in the off-season is the mountains, like Manali, Rishikesh, McLeod Ganj, and Leh where the monsoon doesn’t hit and the weather is fantastic! In fact, during peak season you can’t really visit those places at all as they close the roads due to snow. I stay in Goa in the monsoon, and you can read more about what it’s like here.

If you want to see the mountains and still come in peak season then plan to see the mountains at the end or beginning of the season (October or March).

Visa

You have to have one! There are a few ways to get one and I have massively detailed posts on my blog about it, which I’ll link to below.

If you are coming for less than 60 days, you need an E-VISA only. It’s very easy. It is often accidentally called a “Visa on Arrival” but it is actually an e-visa and you DO need to get it online at least four days ahead of time. You can do it on the government site or on iVisa for an easier option.

If you are coming for longer than 60 days you need to do the full visa application online which can be a little time-consuming and you either need to mail in your passport with the application or you can go to an embassy

Items for Entertainment:

During the journey, at night, or while restricted by bad weather to one’s hotel, one should have a few things to amuse oneself, as per their preference, like books, magazines, tablets, DVDs, pen drives, memory cards, headphones, and the like.

List of things

It will be very convenient to make a list of things which are to be taken. In this way one can cross check all the items while setting out of home and also when checking out of a hotel or any other place of stay.

Bag – The traveler should choose a type of bag that is most comfortable to carry for him/her, like a backpack, a bag with wheels, shoulder bag, etc. Also it’s very convenient to have a small handbag while going for sightseeing and shopping. Important things like cash, cards, identity proofs, a few eatables and water bottle can be carried in it easily.

Miscellaneous –

  • Extra Bags – Always take extra empty paper, cloth or plastic bags along.
  • Paper and Pencil/Pen – Though most of the people take their cell phones, tablets and or even laptops everywhere they go, pen and paper can always come to good use while going out of home.
  • Bug Repellent – Bugs can be found anywhere especially at hill stations, or near lakes. So always be prepared with repellent creams, mosquito coils or other such products for an irritation and disease free trip.
  • Nail Cutter – In addition to cutting nails, the additional features of a nail cutter can be used for cutting fruits, opening seals or caps, etc.
  • Sleeping Bag – This is an optional item which can be taken to deal with any kind of eventuality concerning the accommodation.
  • Chargers / Batteries – Don’t forget to take along the chargers or batteries of the electronic gadgets which are being carried.
  • Spectacles or contact lenses – If one wears glasses or lenses then an alternate set should be kept.
  • Phone numbers – Important phone numbers of relatives, close friends and doctors should be in one’s phone as well on a paper or diary, just in case one’s cell phone gets lost or damaged.

Don’t forget to keep tickets and other important documents related to reservation of travel and accommodation.

Happy Holidays!!