My packing list for a 1 week trip in India – 2016

#1 May 11th, 2016, 23:28
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I am planning for a long awaited trip in 2017 and amusing myself through the long wait by reading through packing lists and watching Youtube packing videos (yes, I am crazy).
I thought I would start a thread about packing lists.
This post is about what I pack for a 1 week vacation. This will be more or less the same all over India, in all seasons except for Himalayas in winter.

My luggage – I travel very light and never carry a big suitcase if I can avoid it. For a week, I use a backpack. I am not sure what the size is but I guess it is about 30 litres. I also carry a good sized cross-body purse/hand bag.

Clothing –
1. Two pairs of black pants – usually good quality track-pants without the telltale stripes on the side.
2. One Patiala - for the rarest of rare possibility that we meet an old acquaintance and get invited to dinner at their place (yes, it has happened).
3. 3 or 4 light cotton kurti (mid-thigh length tunic style tops)
4. If I am travelling to North India in winter then instead of the cotton kurti I will take 2-3 woolen/woven tunics/kurtas.
5. One dupatta – never worn, always in the handbag – works as dupatta, muffler, hat, hand towel, car window curtain (to stop sunlight), blanket for son, pillow etc.
6. One full sleeve fleece hoodie – for winter travel
7. One thermal vest – for winter travel in north India
8. Undergarments
9. Two sets of nightclothes (one maxi and one t-shirt-pyjama).
10. One chappal (flip-flops)
11. Swimming shorts – for beach vacation

Toiletries –
1. Comb
2. Contact lens(I carry them but mostly I end up wearing specs the whole time)
3. Small bottle of contact lens solution
4. 4-5 sachet of shampoo(I use toiletries provided by the hotel but in case there are none then these sachet are used as all-purpose shampoo, soap, detergent). They are available everywhere in India so once the initial ones brought from home are over I buy fresh supply.
5. Tooth brush
6. Toothpaste
7. Hand sanitizer
8. Small pack of Hand wipes
9. Small packet of face tissues
10. First aid – band aid, Neosporin, Crocin(works for both fever and pains), sprot(tummy issues), digital thermometer.
11. A small bottle of Jowan – ajwain spiced with salt and lemon juice, a very common Bengali digestive aid. It helps with the occasional car sickness on long road trips.
12. Sanitary napkins
13. Small bottle of moisturizing lotion
14. 2 clean cotton handkerchiefs. Among other uses, acts as bandage in emergency.

Electronics
1. Phone and charger
2. Tab and charger. I do not carry laptop for vacation. Both the phone and the tab has Kindle so I do not need to carry books.
3. Camera and charger.

Documents
1. Passport
2. Other ID – like pan card and DL
3. Cash and cards
4. Ticket and hotel reservation printouts.
5. Any specific trip reports, info, map I have taken a print out of.
6. Torn out relevant portion of guide book. – incase the electronic versions are not working.
7. Small notepad and pen.

EDIT - Wearing on the journey -
1. jeans(or one of the black trackpants if its the height of summer)
2. kurti/full sleeve t-shirt
3. a jacket/jacket style sweater(if travelling to north India in winter)
4. My plain BATA canvas walking shoes
5. my specs(I do not wear contact lens during the journey)
6. My watch
What do you pack?
Last edited by nayan; May 12th, 2016 at 17:56.. Reason: added journey clothes
#2 May 12th, 2016, 07:58
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That's a lot lot more than I would take for a one week trip but may be women pack more in general?.

I go with carry on shoulder bag (7kg) if it's a one week trip and add a small suitcase(max 7-8 kg) If it's 10 - 20 days.

I skip a lot of items in clothing & toiletries and carry only the most important ones from the other sections like tablet, phone, universal adapter and chargers.

Here is an article on the list of things to carry(for international travel) :

What you need to pack
#3 May 12th, 2016, 08:21
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This is a great idea since India has changed so dramatically in last ten years that its quite unnecessary to pack a lot.

Edited:
1. I normally get by with two pairs of jeans / track-pants plus the one I wear when I'm leaving home.
2. I rarely book hotels in advance but speak with them and carry phone numbers / directions as appropriate.
3. For winter travel I carry more, in fact, pair of gloves, hiking boots, gore tex jacket, good quality woolen muffler etc.
4. I always carry a paperback book. A vacation is a chance for me to escape staring at the screen - and the feel of paper between my fingers is so nice.
5. Instead of chappals I carry a lightweight pair of good quality rubber sandals - anything that has a treatment which is anti odor is good. They are useful on the beach, for visiting temples, and in the room and around.
6. I carry one large red wheelie duffel bag. It's unwieldy but very sturdy. Other than that just the camera waistpack.
7. Hat and sunglasses - most people are surprised to see an Indian wearing a hat but i find it more useful than a cap for protecting the back of my neck.
8. I never pack my passport while traveling domestically. The way I see it, it's my country and I shouldn't have to. I have my DL and a photo of the same (in case I lose it) in my phone.

Eta: Forgot to mention 'shorts' - I absolutely need them everywhere except in the hills.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post I am planning for a long awaited trip in 2017 and amusing myself through the long wait by reading through packing lists and watching Youtube packing videos (yes, I am crazy).
I thought I would start a thread about packing lists.
Don't you live in India???
"Travel is fatal to prejudice,bigotry and narrow-mindedness" Mark Twain
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post I never pack my passport while travelling domestically.
Why would you!

Most people don't even have one!
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I do not believe in light packing!

If I can carry it, it goes in the luggage,,,,

Returning once from India, we had to buy a extra bag to carry all the books and presents. It is a golf bag from a sports shop in Kolkata and cost very few rupees. Perfect for 10 kilos of books.

I admire people who pack lightly, but it just isn't me.



Edit:
For amusement value, I will write a list of what I usually pack, when I find it. I keep lists of clothes packed, and they usually run to two pages for a month's travelling.


Here it is:
What to Pack for 5 weeks in India


as little as possible
isn't it ?


Can't leave home without:

DAY -PACK
- Passport
- Tickets
- euros
- 2 credit cards
- printouts of trains and planes and hotels
- Teach Yourself Bengali book + tapes
- Green Puffa Jacket [wear on plane]
- beige cushion cover [to convert puffa into a cushion]
- a book for the journey
- notebooks + pens
- camera, film, recharger
- address book [updated, provisional - leave main one at home]
- Guidebooks - i.e. Lonely Planet, Lonely Planet North East, Kolkata…..
- all necessary bits of paper for the trip [they need sorting out]
- malaria pills [carry one box in hand luggage]


RUCK -SACK
- 1 or 2 fleeces (for air-conditioning)
- Salwar Kameez ………. The turquoise and green set
The turquoise and sparkly set
The purple set
The red and white trendy set
- Pink baggy trousers
- Red and yellow combat trousers
- Old White "Holi" trousers

- T-shirts………………. The Nirvana one
The pink Andamans
Multi-coloured Tahiti shirt
The white "Holi" tunic

- Underwear……………….Plenty………knick ers + bras (need to buy some)
…………………………………………………… SOCKS…………………………

- One pair of PYJAMAS (for Nagaland)
- One nightie

- SCARVES - plenty - double up as dupattas/towels/head gear etc etc


One Green Umbrella/Sunshade



SAC DE VOYAGE
- Presents
i.e. Boibob's book
+ Choccies for Khokon
+ Key Rings for sundry friends we will meet on the way

- Rest of the Malaria tabs
- SHOES i.e. Hiking Boots, plus sandals
- TOILETRIES - need to decant into small plastic bottles
- SLEEPING BAG (just in case we need it in Nagaland and/or on trains)




Important Other Items
- Sense of humour
- Detachment
- Dose of Laid Back
- Big helping of flexibility
- Cell-phone (in order to make it work all the above will be required)
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Not India specific, but well written guest blog on one of the bloggers site I follow -


http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-bl...packing-guide/
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(For Prince and Meta genes)Links to other sites are useful - but the purpose of this thread is to see(and critique ) what you pack.
This is not really a packing tips/advise thread. We have those already.

So please share what is in your bag.
(actually we have those threads too but I thought we needed an updated one for 2016).

And please - in some detail
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post + choccies for khokon


Yes - I do know your packing style and you know mine. Remember how dismayed you were to see my "luggage" in Jodhpur ?

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The best examples of 'what to pack' that I've encountered in perhaps all my travels was a guy who rode his bike from chandigarh to chitkul. He sat near a 'chinese' food hut , smoking like a chimney to keep the cold away for underneath his enormous fawn colored shawl he wore a thin roundneck tee and a pair of shorts. I looked at him with disbelief and hence he volunteered this info 'I had only the weekend so I rode out and forgot to check the temperature. I bought this shawl in Peo yesterday.' There was snow on the ground.

The best example of what not to pack were the girls in stilettos attempting to ascend triund ...
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I have added to my initial post to include what I wear on the journey from home.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post The best examples of 'what to pack' that I've encountered in perhaps all my travels was a guy who rode his bike from chandigarh to chitkul.
Not India but still a very light packer. Met this guy on the ferry boat from Cyprus to Israel,was on a racing bike riding from Britain to Israel with a small bag under the saddle, could not have been more than 2 Kg (our bikes had too many bags), what did surprise me that he had a razor, he had only on a bike shirt and pants ( can get a bit smelly after a few days) .
A friend of our son from abroad turned up at our doorstep with only a toothbrush, that is super light
I personally learnt my lesson after our first India trip with a 80 Lt backpack with half the house in it and my back went!. When going away for a week or two month's and not to cold places we manage with a hand grip/shoulder bag my wife's bag is around 4.5 - 6 Kg mine is 6-8 Kg (must have my coffee in the morning plus all the electrics). Done away with jeans to heavy and a nuisance to wash and dry, light cargo trousers, couple of tee shirts and pants (wash and wear), wash gear and some medicines, a decent shirt and trousers for "going out". Important- a thin and light nylon bag for bringing things back home at the end of a trip!
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Well i pack

1. 2 jeans
2. 3 tshirts
3. 2 jackets
4. 2 thermals
5. 3 underwears
6. toilet paper, brush , paste , soap .
7. band aid , few meds .
8. A knife
9. A 1 person tent .
X. Alittle money
11. iD adhar

oFF i Go.
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Lists above cover most things. I carry these in addition
1. A multiplug adaptor - some hotel rooms dont have enough plug points and need to charge cellphone, tab and camera batteries at the same time!
2. Noise cancelling headset (with mic) for music and voice calling
3. Couple of packs of biscuits - these help when I feel hungry during travel / in the middle of the night and the minibar items are too expensive! Replenish as necessary!
4.Tablets for fever, vomitting or the inevitable stomach upset!

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