Check before you travel
There are a few things you should do before you travel to India and one of them is to do a bit of research about the country – It is part of the fun as well! It could help you organise your packing better and prepare you for an incredible journey. Learn from other travellers as they share their experiences online and decide what works best for you.
Here follow our tips after visiting India so many times, that I can’t count them on my two hands any more. Keeping in mind that all travellers have different needs and travel styles.
Getting your documents in order is one of those things that isn’t the most fun, but without the correct documents you won’t go anywhere! The most important document you will need is a visa to enter India. Each country has different procedures and it is up to you to make sure you fill in the forms correctly. The Indian Embassy is very strict. Read more about how to get a visa in the UK here. If you are planning to travel for a longer period of time, you may stay up to 180 days. Applying for a visa to enter Bangladesh, Nepal or Bhutan is possible at the correct mission in India – planning is of the essence. Make sure your passport has at least 2 pages left and a minimum of 6 months before it expires.
India is vast, depending on where you travel to you should organise your packing. In many places where the temperatures reach 30 degrees in the daytime, it cools down during the night. I have made an average temperature list for certain areas in India. Hydration and sun protection are very important.
It is always a good idea to pack a long sleeve shirt and trousers to cover your skin from mosquitoes and the sun. A good pair of walking shoes or sneakers if you are planning to trek or hike in forest areas and for when you are brave enough to rent a motorbike. Sometimes walking on the sidewalk can be a challenge, with uneven stones and obstacles popping out of nowhere – for the mature traveller a walking stick is a handy item to have with you. Once in India buy yourself a shawl, you could use it for many reasons.
One rule in India is always order any drink without ice. In some areas they may use unfiltered water to make ice and that will result to a few days of tummy disaster. Some people say not to eat any street food, but in my experience it never left me with stomach aches. You just have to be smart and use your common sense when ordering food on the streets, watching it being prepared before your eyes is always better. You could opt in for a full veg diet as the vegetarian meals in India are outstanding.
Some odd bits that could come in handy are: a plug for Indian sockets and a torch for when the powers gets cut off. There are options of buying items locally as well. A visit to a chemist to stock up on antibacterial hand gel, wet wipes and any other toiletries can be done in any city. Read more about what to pack here.
Each person prepared his travels as they like it. Personally, I love reading travel stories on the internet and I look for travel tips in guides and magazines.
What do you always bring with you? Do you have any tips for our readers? Leave a comment!