Medicines and toiletries for an Indian tour
The following are handy ideas when it comes to what to pack for an Indian holiday, as well as any prescription medication and your usual toiletries.
Vaccinations and Antimalarials
Visit your doctor before travelling to see which vaccinations are required for your trip. They will also be able to advise on antimalarials if you are at risk during your visit.
Mosquito bite repellent, plug in and bite cream
Taking steps to prevent bites in the first place is one of our top tips! Use spray repellent and plug-ins to keep bugs at bay, and pack soothing bite cream if you do get unlucky. Some hotels offer mosquito nets – you can also give these a spray with your repellent as an extra measure.
This is a great idea if you’re unable to wash your hands for any reason, especially before eating.
Just in case you experience a bad stomach, pack rehydrate sachets and diarrhoea relief medicine. The risk of a ‘Delhi belly’ is higher with food from street vendors than from restaurant meals.
It can get super hot in some regions of India, so pack plenty of sun cream.
Carry a spare roll on your travels as many public toilets don’t have toilet paper, as the traditional way is to use the shower attachment provided.
Many of the larger hotels will provide shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, etc, but pack some small travel toiletries for any remote accommodation or if you just prefer them!
This is an interesting tip that will help if you aren’t keen on the potent odours in congested areas with poor air quality. Smear a tiny patch under your nose.