My trip to India was going to last 21 days, but I didn’t want to carry around a lot of weight. So I did some research and found a couple of websites with good tips on packing light.
I’m pleased to say that my packing for this trip was really spot on, so I compiled the list below. I have since used the same list for my 20 day trip to Provence (even a little bid reduced).
Here’s everything I took:
- My trusted Jansport backpack: this has been with me for 9 years and I love it. It’s only 30l capacity so it can be taken on a plane. It’s not a fancy travel backpack but it’s sturdy and reliable.
- A foldable day bag: This is something to use as my bag during the day, but it can be put in my backpack for travelling.
- 3 packing cubes: These were the best purchase! They help keep everything organised when we were on the move, and I really recommend them.
- A foldable shopping bag: To be used for shopping or as a laundry bag.
- 5 t-shirts (4 would do),
- 3 trousers (2 would do),
- 2 dresses,
- A jumper.
This was plenty, and it’s much easier to wash a couple of items per day than having to do a whole load once a week.
- Slip on trainers,
- Flip flops,
You’d never need any more than that.
- 5 pairs of socks, ideally merino as they dry quickly (3 pairs are actually enough),
- 5 pairs of underwear,
- 2 bras,
- Shorts and t-shirt for sleeping,
- 2 small tubes of toothpaste,
- Johnson’s baby shampoo (the full body one, which I used to shower but also to wash my clothes),
- Antibac gel,
- Band aid,
- Lip balm,
- Nail file,
- Loperamide and rehydration salts (which thankfully were not needed),
- My Canon G16 and charger,
- My Mini Diana and 2 rolls of film,
- Mobile phone and charger,
- Universal adaptor (I bought this one which was good and small).
- Passport and cash,
- Printed copies of documents and reservations,
- Money belt,
- House keys and oyster card,
- Sunglasses and spare pair of glasses,
- A spork,
- Luggage tag in case I wanted to check my backpack on the way back (not needed),
- 2 carabiners (for extra safety, but not really needed),
- Travel kit with inflatable pillow, sleep mask and earplugs,
- A book,
- A notebook and pen,
- A travel towel (which was really useful not only as a towel but also as a throw),
- A poncho (not used),
- A clothes line (not used).
There were a few items which I didn’t need in the end but mostly this was a really great travel kit. And because it had everything I needed, it could easily be used for longer trips too.