Having just returned from a whirlwind trip to India, I had to share this. I have been traveling since I was very little and each trip teaches me about the world and myself.
For many, India is still considered a developing country. The country has advanced over time, even more technologically advanced than many developed countries. Technology companies have been moving to India, bringing jobs to the country. Despite this, there is still a large disparity between classes.
I mention all of this to say that although you will probably find many of the modern conveniences that you are used to, it is important to be prepared.
On this trip, I realized the importance of 10 items that you have to bring with you if you visit India (and many other foreign countries).
1. Toilet paper
2. Hand sanitizer
3. Insect repellent
4. Extra Ziplock bags
5. Medications (prescription and OTC)
7. Water bottle
10. Outlet converter
1. Toilet paper– Many of the toilets in hotels and nicer restaurants may have toilet paper available, but in general, it is a good idea to keep a roll with you at all times if it is something you are used to. Most toilets have a sprayer (think Bidet) that you can use in case you are used to that.
An alternative option is an all in one, like the “Potty Pack”, which includes a single-use set perfect for travel. You get a toilet seat cover, toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitizer. This would definitely come in handy with any travel/excursion.
2. Hand sanitizer – Going off the last one, a good thing to have on hand in general (no pun intended) and especially important when you travel. From the airplane to the restaurant, you never know when you need to clean your hands. (and I would recommend you clean your hands often). My favorite is the Touchland spray hand sanitizers, they are so easy to use (even for your kiddos) and they smell amazing! I also love the Olika clip-on bottles, super affordable, cute and easy to carry.
3. Insect repellent – In many parts of India, there are large mosquito population. The most important times to remember insect repellent is at dusk.
4. Extra ziplock bags – you will be surprised at how handy a few ziploc bags can be. I found that when I was packed to come home, I was grateful to have them!
5. Medications (prescription and OTC) – luckily India is one of those places where you could easily go to the pharmacy and get most of the medications you might need. That being said, I find it’s safer to carry the medications you use on a daily basis as well as those medications that you may need (Tylenol or ibuprofen). Not only is it useful to have during flights and transit, but you never know when you’ll need it and whether there will be a pharmacy close by.
6. Anti-diarrheal – A little Imodium can go along way in helping with the symptoms from travelers diarrhea. The best way to prevent diarrhea is to make sure that you are taking proper precautions with food (food safety post coming soon). But in those “rare occasions” that you may end up with some tummy trouble, you will be thankful to have an antidiarrheal so your entire vacation is not derailed.
7. Water bottle – remember that you can’t take a full water bottle through security, however an empty water bottle is allowed. You will be able to refill it at water stations during your travels. While in India I would recommend we feeling with sealed bottle water. The weather is generally heart no matter what time of year you go, and you should always take some water with you so you don’t get dehydrated.
8. Sunscreen – sunscreen is a good idea to take with you. The weather came very throughout the year however sun exposure is stronger in many parts of India do it proximity to the equator. This is especially important if you have lighter skin however anyone can benefit from some protection with sunscreen. I would also recommend taking a hat wearing sufficient clothing to cover your skin.
9. Wipes – small packet of hand wipes can come in handy. Is important to you and we just wipe your hands regularly if not washing them with soap and water. It would also be important to wipe down any surfaces that you may come in contact with. You will be surprised how many germs there are on armrests, restaurant tables and other places you may not even consider. Wipe down everything!
10. Outlet converter – Unless you’re coming from a place with similar outlets to India, I would recommend bringing it out with converter. This will save you time and headache when it comes to recharge your electronics. You may even consider bringing a surge protector to maximize the outlet converter that you bring. For an example of what the outlets look like in India, check this out.
I’m sure there are many other things that you should take with you, let me know if there’s anything I left out the list as a “must-have” during travel.
Hope this helps you on your next travel to the great subcontinent of India.
Until next time,