Before the pandemic, it was reported that nearly 19 million people visited India each year. It’s highly likely that this figure would be smashed when global travel returns back to normal. After all, India is a vast country that is blessed with innumerable attractions ranging from the stunning Taj Mahal to iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai. So if you’re planning the trip of a lifetime to India, here are 10 essential things to put in your backpack.
Most plug sockets in India will take the regular European two-pin plugs. However, it might be a smart move to invest in a multi-plug adaptor. After all, you might find that there are only a couple of plugs in your hotel room. This means that you can be sure that your smartphone, camera, fan, white noise machine and whatever else stay fuelled charged on your travels.
You’ll get mobile coverage and pretty good Wi-Fi in most urban places you come across in India. This means that you’ll have no shortage of opportunities for wowing your friends back home with photos on your Instagram account. Plus even the dullest of airport stopovers can be livened up by reading a Bet365 review and visiting that awesome gaming site. Just don’t use public WiFi to carry out important financial tasks online.
It can also be a good idea to pick up an international SIM card from the airport when you land. These can frequently work out to be much cheaper for doing anything from calling back home to using your data.
If you’re visiting a massive country like India, then the chances are that you won’t just be staying in one place. So be sure to pack a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones so that you can tune out the noise of the road and enjoy the wonderful scenery instead. Failing this, a good pair of earplugs can work wonders in helping you get to sleep in some of the more noisy cities.
Chances are that you might need some vaccinations before you travel to India. But even so, it might be a good idea to invest in some high grade insect repellent. Essential for visiting the sleepy waters of Kerala without being ravaged by the local insect population!
India can get hot, very hot. This is especially true in states like Rajasthan. The last thing that you’ll want to do will be to traipse around the country with heatstroke. So be sure to pack industrial strength sunscreen so that you can enjoy the wonderful climate safely.
There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be doing lots of exploring while you’re travelling around India. The last thing you’ll want to be wearing is something with outrageous heels when you’re roaming around the Amber Palace. So pack a good pair of breathable trainers with a decent grip and you’ll be prepared for any adventure.
While cities like Mumbai have plenty of glitzy nightlife opportunities, it’s best to dress modestly on your travels around India. Wearing light clothing with long sleeves can be a great way to beat the heat. Plus think carefully about what clothes are appropriate when visiting some of those stunning temples in Tamil Nadu.
OK so we don’t want to be too graphic, but many visitors to India might have a few moments where they’ll need to run to the toilet. So be sure to pack some charcoal tablets that can usually have your stomach back to normal in just an hour or two. Oh and while we’re at it, it might also be a good idea to pack a couple of emergency toilet rolls in your suitcase.
Another health-related tip. It can be all too easy to get dehydrated while you’re roaming around under the hot sun. Plus if you do get a bout of that infamous ‘Delhi belly’ then you’ll lose a lot of liquids. Best to stave this off by making sure that your backpack is well equipped with plenty of electrolytes. Just add them to your bottled water and you’ll keep dehydration at bay.