What to bring

#1 Dec 1st, 2003, 05:49
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Hi All!

I've been reading posts for a while and now, with my first trip to India only a month away, have some questions. My first question is what clothes I should pack for a 2 week trip in early January. I know not to wear anything revealing, but have read several posts that jeans can pose "toileting" issues. All of the other pants I own are more like slacks, and I definitely don't want to take those. Do you think I'll be ok if I take a pair of not-too-tight jeans and then just buy a couple of outfits over there?

What will the weather be like in the Delhi/ Agra/ Dharamsala area in January? Should I be packing short or long sleeves?

Also, are traveller's checks necessary, or can I get by with a small amount of cash and a Visa ATM and credit card? I think we'll mostly be in cities, so as long as I visit the ATM before any travel to rural areas, will I be ok? I hate to go through the hassel of traveller's checks.

Thanks so much! I'll post pictures when I get back!
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Re: What to bring

Welcome to the site!
I will take a shot at some of these.

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Do you think I'll be ok if I take a pair of not-too-tight jeans and then just buy a couple of outfits over there? What will the weather be like in the Delhi/ Agra/ Dharamsala area in January? Should I be packing short or long sleeves?
Should be fine with the pants. Delhi in January is definately sweater weather, Agra a bit warmer but sweater weather at night, and Dharamsala downright cold (snow weather). Take a little of both and remember worse comes to worse clothes are very inexpensive and you can still get clothes made for you cheaper than anything in the west.


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Also, are traveller's checks necessary, or can I get by with a small amount of cash and a Visa ATM and credit card? I think we'll mostly be in cities, so as long as I visit the ATM before any travel to rural areas, will I be ok? I hate to go through the hassel of traveller's checks.
I probably still would take some. There is always a chance of losing your card or it getting swallowed by a machine plus ATM's only give out a limited amount of cash. Credit Cards are not accepted at most hotels except for higher end ones.

Murphy's law says you run out of money when you least expect it.

http://www.americanexpress.com sells travelers checks online so it's pretty easy to do, albeit a bit pricey. I have used it and it's pretty reliable.

Looking forward to the photos


Mike
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Just want to add a note on here about travelers checks though this doesn't really apply to much to your original question.

This applies to U.S. residents.

If you buy travelers checks online you can pay for them with a credit card. In a bank you cannot (at least most banks will not). If you buy more than three thousand dollars (I believe that's an accurate amount) in travelers checks in a bank you will need to fill out forms for the government since an amount above that is frowned upon and is considered money laundering.

So there is a tip. If you buy online you have the convenience of paying over time and if you are buying large amounts in a bank spread it out or else it raises an alarm on your finances.

Mike
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Dharamsala can be quite cold in January, one year when I was there there was a lot of snow. Delhi had a strong wind to it, and I felt cold at night with out a sweater. I would try and pack things that you can layer, you know like a fleece, a vest, maybe even long underwear. You can buy nice warm sweaters and socks and of course you will have to buy a shawl in Dharamsala. You may want to have a pair of boots that you can later dump when you hit warmer weather(or donate to a Tibetan) When I was there I didn't bath so often as it was so cold and my "hotel" only had bucket baths! I am chilly just thinking about it!!!If you are tall or big in anyway(wide I guess) you should bring clothes. I tried to buy a pair of off the rack pants in Dharamsala and they ended up being capris on me. India is great to have clothing made but pants sometimes come out a little wonky as male tailors will never measure your crotch(trying to think of a nicer term but drawing a blank), If I had some pants I really liked I would have the tailor copy them. I honestly felt pretty dumb wearing Sulwar Kameezes(sp) I mostly wore jeans in Dharamsala and fit in just fine.

Random thoughts...If you have an American Express Card bring along a few personal checks as you can cash these if you need to at their main offices(there used to be one in connaught place in delhi.)
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Thanks!

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm really glad I asked you... I was oringinally told to pack for "fall" weather, and I would have frozen! Now I'll plan to take the long johns and things I can layer. Thanks a million!

I'll also go ahead and buy some traveller's checks. I was hoping to get away without them, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Thanks for all of the tips!

I love you guys already! :-)
Jenny
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However compared to January in Wisconsin it would be summer weather to you.

Figure on temps the first few weeks of January a little below freezing at night and warming up to around 45F (7 C) during the day.

If you can, bring a sleeping bag or pack some thermals for the night. Most hotels don't have heat and are made of concrete (a poor insulator) and windows that never close securely and let in a nice draft.

If it's freezing outside you bet it will be freezing in your room to. One year the toilet froze up in the room I was staying at....talk about a panic attack


Mike
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