ADVICE try to pack clothes that you do not want to use anymore, so you can leave there and have more space in your luggage (I wish I would’d done this).
You are going to get a packing list, and I going to tell you what I use and what I did not.
- Definitely you need more than $200. There are amazing things you want to bring back home, and sometimes it gets really difficult to get money out + you want to save the extra charges that some banks have for using your card in a different country.
- Knowing the India currency or the currency of any other country it is very important and interesting!
- Money belt (never used it). I have a small security purse that REI sells, and you can safely keep your more and other stuff in there. $65
- ALWAYS BRING BACKUP DOCUMENTS; copy of your passport, insurance, the card you are taking, and your airline itinerary.
- Mosquito net (never used it).
- 1 pair of comfortable shoes or sandals. I used sandals of the time because of the heat. We did not walk too much, so they were perfect.
- 1 pair of flip flops for showering. I did not bring them and did not need them. The showers at the places we stayed were very decent.
- CLOTHES like I said bring the clothes you do not want. Bring something that you are comfortable and fresh, the heat makes you really tired. Bring something nice for a night out. Extra t-shirts!!
- The first week was a little cold, so bring something light but warm (most of us were not ready for the cold).
- Socks (never used it) 1 pair is enough.
- UNDERWEAR, I brought underwear for every single day because I do not feel comfortable somebody washing my underwear, and because I did not know who I would be sharing the room with. Days were really long and sometimes you did not have time for small things like this, and I had to share the room with the boys. I am so happy I had underwear for every single day! My girl roommate regret not doing it.
- I brought my own, but each place had clean towels. You can save some space here.
- Camera OF COURSE!!
- Ziploc bags, I never used them, but it is important to have some just in case.
- Tissues, disposable wet wipes YES!!! I brought 1 roll of toilet paper which was really important. I bought small wipes to carry with me all the time and a big package that I left at the hotel (Used them all).
- A thin collapsible duffer if you plan to purchase souvenirs. If I was you I would just leave all the clothes I do not want and put everything in your luggage, that way you are more comfortable on your way back. Many of us did not have the space, and it was very uncomfortable to travel with so many things.
- Facial care (sunscreen)
- Personal care (dental, hair,eye body) HAND SANITIZER, DEODORANT, RAZOR, INSENT REPELENT
- Over the counter drugs. PLEASE bring something for a cold or cough, I got some kind of cold and had nothing for it.
TAKE THEM ALL, YOU NEED TO BE READY!
Under the counter medicine
- Vitamin C
- Dramamine $7.89
- Melatonin $6.57 (jet-lag) (if you have never taken this before buy the 3mg).
- Alka-seltzer $6.29
- Pepto-Bismol $6.29
- Imodium $9.49
- Earplugs and eye cover (optional). I did not bring any, plus the airline (EMIRATES) gave us earplugs and eye covers.
- DO NOT BUY THE ONE IN MARSHALLS IT DOES NOT WORK EVERYWHERE!
- Map of India (YOU DO NOT NEED IT!). $15
- Sense of humor and flexibility (bring extra of those).
- Bring your own snacks!! The time between meals it’s a little long