Must Haves to Pack for India

India can be an intimidating place to travel. There are different factors to consider than when packing for a trip in the US or Europe. But just because there are different factors to consider than a typical trip doesn't mean there is any reason to be nervous about visiting this beautiful country! The key is to be prepared for the unplanned and have a small bag with all the essentials with you at all times. Unexpected rain storm? No problem, you have a poncho. Long bus ride? You've got snacks. Need to jot down a memory? You don't go anywhere without 

Note: This is not a full packing list or guide to traveling to India. There are definitely other things like meds, specific clothing for the weather, travel visas, etc to consider. This is my list of additional, less common items that were super helpful to have on my trip! 
I'm from California where it it super dry during the summers. In India, there was often 80% humidity which left my skin sweaty and gross. When I got back to the hotel at night, I wanted nothing more than to cleanse my skin and put on a mask. 

Universal power converter 
Even if your hotel has sockets that fit US plugs, use the converter. Take it from the expert who plugged her expensive curling iron in, fried the iron, and blew a circuit in the hotel. (Not kidding!) 

Crystal light single packets 
In India, bottled water only and no juice or fresh produce. I was serious missing fruit about half way though the trip and luckily remember that we packed some of those crystal light and disability single packet juice mixes. 

Theses sandals are PERFECT (I now have 3 pairs!). I got a pair sent to me a few years ago from The Avarca Store, but I promise this is not paid for or sponsored in any way. I wear these sandals non stop, especially when I am traveling. They are so comfortable, ultra durable, and cover my feet without being too hot. Plus I've worn them through multiple rain storms and they dry within 20 minutes. 

I carried one with me the whole time. At certain monuments and temples, your head and shoulders must be covered. And if your feeling the uncomfortable stares it's nice to have the option always with you to cover up a little more. 

Hand sanitizer + baby wipes 
The heat/humidity combined with the dozens of tourist stops you'll make during your trip can leave you feeling pretty grimy. Not to mention, there is often no toilet paper in many of the public restrooms. Carrying your own sanitation products will give you a peace of mind and preparedness about being out and about on long days. 

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