India is a pretty conservative country. Most of it is Hindu and the women predominately wear the Sari, or a Salwar Kameez (long tunic over loose trousers and a neck scarf). That being said, they are a very forgiving country when it comes to foreigners poorly practicing their customs and tend to just laugh off any fouls you may inadvertently make.
In India you need to expect the unexpected, travel insurance company gives you the peace of mind.
Concealed passport pouch, to secure your passport, cash, traveler’s checks and plane tickets. You can keep your money and credit cards in this pouch under your shirt secure.
India is not a country where you can get a visa upon landing in the country. Get it ahead of time. This must be arranged in advance from the Indian embassy
Swiss Army Knife
For cutting fruit and a million other uses.
Personal Water Filter
Generally only drink bottled water while traveling in India but occasionally it’s not available, so its a great idea to carry a filter with you.
They’re an incredibly effective way of stopping diarrhea and preventing dysentery (Delhi Belly).
Female Urination Device
India is a place with limited toilets and when you do find a toilet they are often absolutely disgusting.
Travel Toilet Paper
Toilet paper is still mostly unused in India. Only the more expensive hotels carry it. When you’re out and about you will be hard pressed to find a place that has any at all.
Bug repellent / Mosquito Net
Many guest houses supply mosquito nets, most have holes in them or are a little worse for wear. Mosquito repellent doesn’t do the trick and there is nothing you can do but suffer. A Mosquito net is an essential item for future India visits.
Electric Plug Converter
India has different outlets and voltage so this is critical if you are taking electronic devices. You will need the plug converter to charge cameras and phones. Since there are so many power outages and surges in India be careful to keep your electronics charged.
Lock our packs together on the train or bus and lock if we have to leave our bags at a guesthouse for a few days to go on a trek. Have at least one combination cable-lock per bag that you bring. When out of your hotel room or visiting the ladies’ room in a train station or airport, you will want to lock your bags to the nearest heavy object for safety.
Crucial in a country like India where we have frequent power outages.
India is a loud country, so you probably need it on the go.
Peppermint oil also clears the sinuses, soothes aching muscles and a few drops in some water can calm an upset stomach. Peppermint oil will be packed in our backpacks on our next trip abroad.
Pollution in India is extremely bad especially in the big cities. If you’re driving in an open air auto rickshaw then you’re likely to get asphyxiated by the fumes and smog.
Often times Internet is not available in India and this book replaces the need for looking up hotels online and finding your next stop.