What Should I Pack?

I am often asked about what to pack when traveling to India and beyond. What clothes are appropriate? Can I bring candy to the children? Do I need to pack toilet paper? Can I bring my laptop? Here are some answers to your common travel questions:

Can I wear sleveless shirts and shorts in India?
Yes. I often wear tank tops and loose shorts during my travels. However, India is a modest country and I do not suggest wearing anything that is too short, tight, or revealing. I recommend packing loose and comfortable clothing.

What should I bring for the children?
Candy is always a favorable option, though be aware of melted chocolate in your suitcase during summer months! The kids also love pens and small pads of paper.

Can I bring my laptop? Is the internet available?
Yes, internet is available in most destinations. Depending on your region of travel, the connection may be slow and/or limited. You may bring your laptop, but you may not have WiFi available. Please also note that most hotels do charge for internet and WiFi usage.

Is it necessary to pack toilet paper?
It depends on your itinerary, though many restroom facilities only have Indian style toilets and therefore no toilet paper. Also, most train stations and bus stations only have Indian style toilets, so if you will be frequently traveling by rail or bus, it is recommended. I usually carry some sort of tissue in my purse, just in case.

Sodha Travelers will also receive a comprehensive Destination Guide before departure that highlights frequently asked questions about your trip. Happy Travels!

Topics: India, Packing

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.