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Travel in India

How to Pack for a Trip to India

Prepare for heat, pollution and a lot of dust when packing your bags for India. Go with loose-fitting, breathable fabrics to keep cool and optimize comfort.

Pack conservative clothes. Longer shorts and pants are most appropriate for men. Women should opt for skirts below the knee and casual slacks. Shorts are inappropriate for women, as are short skirts, tank tops and revealing, low-cut shirts.

Keep evening wear very casual, as India is not a dressy society. Women might opt for a long printed skirt and a matching blouse. Men will do well in lightweight khaki pants and a short-sleeved print shirt.

Bring tops in cotton and linen to keep as cool as possible in the heat. Take a few sweaters and a fleece jacket for warmth in the winter.

Pack a wide-brimmed hat, sunblock and sunglasses when visiting during the summer months. Stash an umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season.

Take comfortable, rubber-soled sandals and shoes. Canvas and nylon will absorb the dirt, so consider shoes with well-worn leather uppers in dark colors.

Remember to pack the essential nonclothing items: individually wrapped hand wipes, small packets of tissue paper, a small bottle of liquid detergent, mosquito nets, insect repellent and flying bug spray.

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