5 Important Items You Need To Take When Travelling India

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5 Important Items You Need To Take When Travelling India

 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.

5 Important Items You Need To Take When Travelling India

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!

5 Important Items You Need To Take When Travelling India

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.


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  • Reply
    6 Senses of Travel
    January 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Totally agree with the wipes! They are the one thing that i’d always keep with me when travelling! Absolutely essential, if you want to keep up a comfortable degree of cleanliness 🙂

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    January 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I could never take a trip with out wipes!

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    Marjorie G.
    January 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I haven’t been to India, but at least now I know what to bring when I do. The wipes are indeed useful. I always bring them whenever I travel.

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    January 24, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Good ideas! I would have never thought about a sleeping bag liner.

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    Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    January 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Sleeping bag liner is a great idea! I usually have a spare pillowcase tucked in my bag, but I’d imagine in some places it’s good to avoid the sheets. Wipes and antibacterial came in handy in Thailand and Cambodia for the same reasons. You never know when you’ll need to clean yourself up and disinfect!

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    January 25, 2016 at 9:47 am

    The sleep sack recommendation is great. Reading that gave me the shivers!

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    January 26, 2016 at 2:53 am

    This is great and very informative. Especially about the sleeping bag liners – we are traveling to India later this year so this will be great to reference.

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    January 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Diarrhea pills would go a long way I bet! I cannot wait to visit India. I saw cheap fares coming from Manila where I’m at at the moment but I don’t feel going there alone just yet. but I’ll gather the courage soon enough!

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    August 6, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Been to india so many times some more things that can be handy are carbon filter water bottles (i don’t even trust the bottled water there), buy mosquito repellent from there American repellents are almost useless there, good pair of boots, lots of socks.

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    sharon dorman
    September 2, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Great tips Anita!!!

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      Anita Hendrieka
      September 6, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Thanks Sharon 🙂

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    September 22, 2016 at 5:48 am

    A scarf. Multi purpose dress up or cover up.

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    Lisa Elford
    March 13, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Two things I was so grateful I’d packed. A universal sink plug (especially for when you want to wash your smalls) and a door stop. Some of the places I’d stayed felt a little unsafe and putting a door stop on the inside made myself and my young lad feel better.

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    Travel to India with Max
    September 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Nice to read your blog. You have given good and valuable information. You should not ignore the points mentioned. It varies important point. Thanks a lot for this beauty Enjoying article with me. I appreciate it very much!

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