Keep a check list ready at a prominent place and use it to pack your things before travelling. It will help you pack within 5 minutes and get over the nagging “Have I forgotten something?” feeling before you travel.
Clothes: For the lower altitudes-light sweater, tee- shirts etc. For the higher altitudes – jacket with woollen lining, monkey cap, mufflers, wind-cheaters, long-johns, woollen socks and gloves. During the monsoons, a small umbrella, raincoat and gum-boots should be carried. Anti-glare snow- goggles & snowboots for snow prone areas.
Soap towel toothpaste toothbrush shaving cream face cream shaving brush razor with blades hair-oil comb toilet paper small mirror, shoe polish & brush washing powder soap strips
Mosquito repellent will be required if travelling in low altitudes portable iron
For those with a nausea tendency, paper bags in which one can vomit and throw away may be carried
Torch Match & candles small lock for the hotel room, Small alarm clock lock and chain to secure luggage, Portable transistor/MP3 player
Medicine kit (see checklist below) Hot water bag if travelling to very cold places Small Iron to press clothes spare spectacles if using spectacles Guide book on the region Airline and Railway timetable ATM Card Credit Card Cell/Cell phone charger Frequent flyer no card Visiting Cards A photo copy of the important pages of your passport, ID Card, Driving Licence Address book containing all important phone numbers Universasl Adaptor(if from abroad)
It is particularly useful to have access to telephone numbers of the following so that you can enquire about train and flight timings and makelast minute changes, cancellations, report loss of credit, documents etc. :
Travel Agent where you booked your ticket
Airline Reservation Airline enquiry Railway Reservation
Railway enquiry Bank Credit Card Company
Debit card Company Hotel where you will be staying Taxi Service
Digital cameras have opened new avenues for the traveller.It would be worthwhile to carry the following and click away. Take as many shots as possible and delete the ones not required later on.
5Mega pixel 30 mm to 300mm optical zoom (Digital SLR Camera 8 Megapixel for professionals)
Macro lens for closeups 500 mm telephoto UV filter Polariser Camera Carry bag Camera Stand
Spare memory card Battery charger Lens cleaner
Spare battery (in cold regions batteries can discharge very fast)
Diseases & Medicines
This area is more of less free from any types of infectious diseases that the tourist may contract here. However you can contract diarrhoea if you partake to contaminated food or water. Drink only mineral or boiled water and do not eat stale food. Some people are found to be suffering from Tuberculosis: avoid contact with them. Places less than 2000 metres in altitude have mosquitos during the monsoons and therefore one should carry mosquito repellants. People prone to car sickness should carry adequate medicines: the roads have thousands of bends. To prevent diseases from amoebas, drink only boiled water. Bring along your customary medicines.
It may be worthwhile carrying the following while travelling or trekking:
Asprin like Disprin tablets & Vicks ointment for headaches;
Paracetamol like Crocin tablets for fever;
Antihistamine tablets like Avil for allergies;
Antiacidity tablets like Digene for acidity;
Laxative tablets for constipation;
Antidiarrhoeal tablets like Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration mixture for diarrrhoea;
Antibiotic tablets like Septran or Amoxcillin;
Prochlorperazine or Avomine for nausea for vomitting (useful for people who have a tendency to vomit when travelling by vehicle);
Diuretic tablets like Lasix for mountain sickness;
Iodex ointment & crepe bandage for sprains;
Antiseptic lotion like Dettol & cotton and bandage for cuts,
Water purification iodine tablets
Burnol ointment for burns & Vaseline to prevent chapping of the skin in windy places,
Multivitamins to supplement your diet if intake of good food is restricted;
Scissors and tweezers.
Other medicines that are normally taken for ailments should also be carried as per personal needs.