Countdown to India: Packing Lists

As the obsessive planner that I am, I’ve been thinking about what to pack for 4 months in India since we booked the flights. Between Chris and I, we went to MEC six times to survey our options for bags, shoes, clothes, and other travel necessities. I decided to stick with a 45 litre bag to limit how much I could bring. I also splurged on a pacsafe purse with anti-theft features. Chris is using his 60 litre camping backpack plus a 28 litre daypack.

We’ve left room in our bags to buy Indian clothing and souvenirs … or add that essential item we didn’t think about.

Emily’s Packing List:

  • Tops: 2 t-shirts, 1 icebreaker long sleeve top, 1fleece
  • Two dresses (thanks for the last minute addition, Marsha!)
  • Two pairs of pants
  • Gloves & neck warmer
  • Bathing suit
  • Shoes: light trail hikers, sandals, flip flops
  • 7 pairs underwear, 5 pairs socks, 2 bras
  • Rain jacket
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp
  • iPad

Chris’s Packing List:

  • Tops: 2 t-shirts, 4 button up shirts, 1 long sleeve top, 1fleece
  • One pair of short and one pair of pants
  • Running shorts and a dryfit tee
  • Gloves and a light toque
  • Bathing suit
  • Shoes: trail runners and sandals
  • 7 pairs underwear, 4 pairs socks
  • Rain jacket
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag liner and pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Cellphone, e-reader, and camera
  • Journal
  • Chargers and universal power adapter
  • Swiss Army knife and sporks
  • Clothes line, first aid kit, sewing kit, hand sanitizer
  • General purpose antibiotics

We’ll check back and let you know how we did.


  1. When my daughter took a gap year to travel Europe, she was happy that she packed two dresses. They worked over jeans, on their own, with sweaters … I am just confused about the neck warmer, unless you are heading north?


    • We are planning on going north in Feb/Mar. At this time of year it is even cold in the Western Ghats in the south – our plan for Christmas.


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