Updated: Jun 28
Before you decide to retire in India, you may need to travel back and forth a few times especially if you're planning to purchase a retirement home. Below are 10 essentials that will ensure your safety, health, and overall comfort during your trip.
Here are 10 must-have items to consider:
Backpack: There's lots of walking when you're traveling so pack your essentials in this roomy backpack and keep your hands free. You may even consider carrying it on the front to prevent any pickpockets.
Travel documents: Carry your passport, visa (if required), travel insurance information, and any necessary permits or identification documents. Check dates on all your documents to ensure they're up to date. Make a soft copy of all your travel documents and email them to yourself so that you have a backup, in case of an emergency. Passports, etc may be requested while you are sightseeing hence keep them in this nifty case to ensure everything remains together and nothing is lost.
Power Bank/Portable Charger: Have you ever had a sinking feeling when you know your cell phone is dying? Well, this power bank will be able to rescue you anywhere in the world, it's got 3 USB ports. A must have in any emergency situation, especially when they have those pesky power outages in India or when you're in a remote area without electricity!
Money and credit cards: Carry a mix of cash (in the local currency) and international credit/debit cards. Inform your credit card company about your travel and verify the charges you will be assessed for international use. It's also wise to have a hidden money pouch or belt to store your valuables securely.
Electrical adapters and chargers: In India, the electrical outlets are 220 so make sure you bring the appropriate adapters for your electronic devices. Don't forget to pack chargers for your phone, camera, or other gadgets.
Waterproof cell phone cover: Waterproof covers are excellent during the monsoon season or when you're near the beach or on a boat. Keeps your cell phone dry and operating.
Public Toilets: Public toilets in India may not be up to par with Western standards, so for women, these urination devices are great for those emergency situations. Women can easily use it while fully clothed.
Mosquito season: Pack lightweight, breathable fabrics but don't pack too much because you'll be enthralled by the fabric and clothes available for purchase in India. Wear long sleeves and pants if you're in India during the monsoon season and be sure to get these bracelets to ward off pesky mosquitos before they become a nuisance.
Delhi Belly is real: If you eat something which causes Delhi Belly, it's a good idea to be prepared with these tablets. Pop a few and you'll be back on schedule.Most medicines are available in India (much cheaper, also) but till you locate a reputable pharmacy, it's better to be prepared.
Avoid Overweight Baggage: There's so much to purchase in India, it's easy to get carried away and end up with overweight luggage! Get this handy dandy device which weighs your luggage (simply hook your suitcase for instant weight measurement) so that you can avoid the hefty fees assessed by the airlines.
Happy Traveling! Stay Safe!