Essential Checklist When Visiting India
If you’re planning a trip to India, or have already booked (you lucky thing); you’re probably pretty excited to experience the colours, history, and nature this vibrant country has to offer. However, it’s important to plan carefully before you leave, so that you’re as prepared as you can be for the change in culture and environment you’ll experience on arrival. Thinking about the following things, and ticking them off your travel checklist, will help ensure that you’ll have a safe journey and a magical Indian adventure you’ll never forget.
The short answer here is to pack light. You’ll need a variety of breathable, cotton clothes that you can throw together easily, and that don’t need ironing every time you wear them. The weather will be hot, and you’re more than likely to be exploring your new surroundings outside all day, so lighter fabrics, in weight and colour, are a smart option. Leave room in your bag for some of the beautiful hand-woven Indian textiles you’ll purchase when you’re there; you’ll probably end up wearing items you bought while on your trip, as you embrace the colourful, decorative vibes found in so many parts of the country.
A water filtration device, like a straw or bottle filter, will come in very handy when backpacking around areas that don’t have any shops where you can pick up a bottle of water. You should never risk drinking unfiltered water while travelling in India; you’ll end up very sick, and your journey will be cut short. Charcoal tablets are another great item to pop in your case, as they will help prevent an upset stomach by absorbing any toxins you may have consumed. Try and remember your Indian plug adaptor, so you don’t end up spending more on one from the airport (which will always be more expensive), and don’t forget your chargers! Assuming you’re taking one or more cameras to capture the incredible sights; you’ll be gutted if they run out of battery mid-trip.
If you are taking a case, ensure you’ve packed your backpack; it’s the only style of bag that will be appropriate for the day to day exploration of India. You need something big enough to fit all your essentials inside; your camera, cash, a change of clothes, and as much water as you can manage to carry. If you are planning on a few fancy evenings out; then a zippable bag with a secure strap is advisable.
Travel insurance is a must-have on any trip abroad; however, it’s essential that you have full coverage when travelling to India, where falling ill is a higher risk than in other destinations. So make sure all your insurance documents are with you digitally and on paper at all time to be on the safe side. Also, always read the small print; it might seem annoying, but insurance companies will try anything not to fully pay you any compensation, so it’s worth being extra vigilant before you set off.
Before you leave, it’s also essential to check that your passport is well in date. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people that don’t check until they’re at the airport. Keep it secure and with you throughout your journey. Ensure that you’re eligible to travel as a tourist, and sort out your India eVisa as soon as possible, so you’re ready to explore the minute you step off the plane. Having a couple of maps handy will also prove very useful at times. Pop them into your hand luggage with the rest of your documentation.
Keeping your paperwork and legal documentation with you as you travel through India. This will give you peace of mind, and if any problems should arise; you’ll have everything at hand to sort them out.
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So, you’ve done all the admin, know what you need to pack, and have prepared for every eventuality; well done, you deserve a pat on the back! Now, the fun can start! You can list all the places you’re dying to visit and plan how and when you’re going to get to them. Whether you’ve been dreaming of seeing the Taj Mahal, or have been imaging walking around the Golden City of Jaisalmer; it’s important to consider your routes and transport beforehand so that you don’t miss out on anything due to bad planning. It’s also worth researching into some of India’s hidden gems, which have been recommended by travellers and backpackers, as finding places off the beaten track can provide some of your favourite holiday memories, and will feel really special. Have a look at TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things To Do In India.
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