Travel Guide: Essential travel items while traveling to India

Are you a foreign traveler planning to visit India? Confused on what travel items you need to carry while traveling to India? Find here the travel guide to foreign travelers on carrying the essential travel items while visiting India.

India is developing at par with the international cities. You can get almost all international branded items in India at reasonable rates. However, as a foreign traveler you need to carry some of the essential items with you when you travel to India.

Find here the list of essential travel items:

  • The universal world wide travel charger adopter to be used in India. Or a multi-plug point dual USB charger which you can use for charging all your electronic items at one go. The electric supply in India is of 220-230 volts with 50 Hz AC (alternate current) as the power source. The plug points and sockets in India mostly are of grounded (earthed) 3 pins or unearthed 2 pin connections. The plug points are rounded and do not support the U.S (United States) type of plugs which are flattened ones. So, if you are traveling from the U.S to India, you can carry travel charger adopter for convenient use. As a foreign travel, be extra cautious while using the plugs as mostly the plug points / wall sockets are unprotected and in some cases, these hang precariously.

  • Travel Camera / Handy cam is a must-carry item. India is rich in cultural heritage. If you love historical sight-seeing, there is no dearth of it in India and you can't stop yourself from taking clicks of the ancient / medieval architectural wonders of the country. India is a colorful country and you will be awed to see the Indian women wearing brightly colored garments. The varied Indian costumes, architectural marvel, ancient temples, villages and many more that fascinate the foreign travelers. You can take pics of the varied cultural heritage of India. So, carry a high quality cam / handy cam to make your visit to the country one of the most memorable ones.

  • Pacsafe anti-theft travel bag / backpack is a must-carry item while traveling to / in India. Anti-theft travel bags would be of great use to you during your stay / travel in India. As long as you have something secure, you can keep all the important / essential things in it and lock it to any stationery thing like a pipe or bed etc. So, you can enjoy a tension-free sight-seeing and need not worry about your valuables which are secured with pacsafe anti-theft bag.

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    While you travel in trains in India, you can have a tension-free night sleep when you secure your bag. You need not worry that someone / a robber would snatch / grab your bag and run away. However, beware while you travel in Indian Railways trains. You need to be alert and don't trust / rely on any of the co-passenger, as you can't make out who is a passenger and who is a robber. Do not get deceived by the looks / decent behavior of the passengers - they could be cheaters. Do follow these important travel tips while traveling in Indian Railways

  • Get your own master lock for extra safety as you don't feel safe / secure using the locally available locks. In India, there are expert who make duplicate keys. So do not trust anyone and do not give your keys to anyone or not reveal the secret code of your lock system to anyone while in India. With your own locking system, you can move around India without worrying about your valuable stuff which you left behind in the hotel room.

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  • Mosquito repellent or mosquito net is a must-carry item for international travelers traveling to India. When you travel to remote places / villages in India for research purpose, then you must carry your own mosquito repellent or mosquito net. Some of the lodges / hotels in the places that you visit, provide nets but these are not of good quality but have holes in them and in extreme cases, are not washed properly. You may get allergy using such nets. So better to carry a mosquito net / repellent along with you. There is mosquito problem almost in the entire country and it shoots up during monsoon in the months of June / July / August. During the season diseases like malaria and dengue spread fast due to mosquito bites. So you need to take your own precautions when you travel to India during this season.

  • Anti-bacterial wet hand wipes is yet another essential stuff to carry while you travel to India. Though I am an Indian, I am sorry to say that most of the foreign travelers feel disappointed seeing the filthy conditions of our country. Indian govt is taking every step to make her a clean country, yet the public need to be aware of the same. Anyway, as a foreign travel carry anti-bacterial moist towelettes for extra cleanliness. These will be of great use when you go on train travels, bus travels, restaurants, bathrooms where there is no hand wash / soap to wash. Carry sufficient hand wipes which you find too useful while traveling in India.

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  • Cotton ear plugs will be of great use to international travelers to India. You will find that India is a too noisy country. There is much of noise all around in India, literally at every place. If you happen to visit India during festive time, you will be greatly troubled with the high decibels of sound produced in the public. To overcome the problem carry ear plugs.

In addition to the above list of essential travel items, you can also carry items like should slings, headlamp which you will find useful while traveling in remote areas where there is dim lighting, multi-purpose mesh bags for carrying your stuff and your own medical kit.

Article by Kalyani
Kalyani is basically an educationist and presently a home-maker who is fruitfully utilizing her free time in freelancing, online content writing and above all blogging. She is an active lead editor at for over 2 years. She is an environmentalist who strives to protect the environment through the revival of age-old eco-friendly practices. She also strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.

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