Are you heading on an adventure around India soon? Then maybe this simple 5 item list may come in handy when travelling India!
Sleeping bag liner – This is the one thing I really wish I had taken with me. The amount of times I slept in bedding that was stained and had other people hairs all over it *shiver*. It comes in handy if you’re staying anywhere, especially if you’re planning to go to the desert in Jaisalmer! It’s also good because most of the accommodation doesn’t give you blankets or a sheet because it’s too hot (if you’re visiting in the summer). To be honest you probably won’t want to use them anyway when they are handed to you, especially if you are on an overnight train.
A lock and chain – This is an essential! A lock comes in handy when travelling on trains because it means you can lock your suitcase or pack to the seats below. This way you can rest easy while you go to sleep at night. There are usually young boys who sell them at the platforms, but I’m unsure if this is safe or not. Better to be prepared and get your own with a unique key or lock on it. Don’t forget about getting travel insurance too, it’s easy enough to compare travel medical plans online and it will only take you a few minutes to set up, it could save you thousands.
Wipes – These are so, so handy. Most of the Indian bathrooms will not provide soap, just water. This is also handy for girls to wipe off makeup or just to clean your face after you have been walking around Delhi, haha yes, you will have a layer of dirt on you everywhere you walk. They’re good to clean your hands before you eat, cleaning your shoes, cleaning the rim of a bottle or even cleaning the shit off your arm when a cow whacks his tail into you when you’re walking down the alleyways of Varanasi…
Diarrhoea pills – For the obvious reasons. I don’t think I need to explain further! If you don’t have some with you, you can easily buy them at the pharmacies just be prepared to give hand actions if they don’t understand English which could be embarrassing but very entertaining!
Open mind – Okay, this is not a physical thing but I feel like most people forget to take this when travelling! India is full of surprises, some you may think are wrong or strange, but every culture is different and they probably think what you do back home is weird! Better to keep an open mind and ride the wave of India!
Do you have something you would like to add to this list? Comment below! Read my other articles on India like ‘Scams of India’ and ‘Does India really change you’, they will be helpful if you’re about to head to this beautiful, crazy, chaotic, calm, ugly and slightly mad country.