Preparing to head out for a weekend getaway is exciting and fun. You don’t have to worry too much about your budget or carry too many suitcases around. However, sometimes you may have difficulty in deciding which items to pack for your trip and which ones to leave behind. This post takes a look at some of the essential items that must be included in your travel kit.
Before you pull up your packing list app and start jotting down items you’ll need, first ask yourself where you plan to travel during the weekend. Is it a trip to the city, a trek into the jungles, a beach stroll or a trip around the city? No matter where you go in India, the weather is always hot during the day, so make sure you pack light. Then, depending on your location, you’ll need to stock up on the following essentials.
What to Pack for Weekend Trips in India
Let’s face it! Indian roads are bad. They are dug up, uneven, dirty and in some cases even missing! That’s why you’ll need to be careful while picking your shoes. Sneakers and sandals are a good choice, depending on where you are going. You can wear a dress pair for your evening outings and pack one for your adventures. Carry boots if you’re going trekking.
Despite the fact that the country is becoming more westernized, it is always better to dress conservatively wherever you go. Carry a scarf or a dupatta if you plan on visiting places of worship. Wear cotton clothes that are loose fitting if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun. Bring your own towels as the ones offered in budget hotels may be old and worn and not something you’ll be thrilled to use. Sunglasses, hats/caps will also come in handy. If you plan on partying, carry a pair of party clothes.
Sunscreen, Shampoo and Other Toiletries
Don’t go without your wet tissues, travel towels, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, soap, body wash, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, lip balm, make up kit, moisturizer and shaving cream. If possible pick up the smallest packs available in the store to save on space. If you miss out on something, you can always get one at the local store. Just don’t expect them to carry your preferred brand.
Never undertake a journey in India without your medical kit. Make sure you have a anti mosquito cream, tablets for a stomach upset, headache, motion sickness and anything prescribed by your doctor. You can find medical shops all over the country, but if you’re taking a trip off the beaten path, having your medical kit on you is extremely important.
If you cannot live without your Kindle reader or tablet device, don’t forget to include them in your travel bag. I would recommend leaving behind your laptop, but if it is a must have accessory, bring it along. An iPod or music player is always great to have around you on any journey. Make some room for your camera and don’t forget that battery charger and a spare photo card. Also bring your device chargers and a plug adaptor. Include a torch or flashlight in your checklist as power outages are a common feature everywhere in the country.
Whether you are heading out during the monsoons or during the summer, carrying an umbrella is always a wise choice. The weather can get pretty chilly in the winters so if you are making a trip during that time of the year, carry a sweater or jacket and some socks. A small day backpack will come in handy if you’re planning a trek.
If you’re a frequent weekend traveler, what is the one thing you can’t do without?0