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India Packing List | Spring & Summer

The following packing list contains general recommendations for an India tiger safari in the warmer spring and summer months (April through June). If you are currently booked on India Tiger Quest with Nat Hab, please consult your pre-departure materials for the most up-to-date packing list for your trip. You will receive these pre-departure materials 60–90 days before your departure.

Simplify your packing—shop at Nat Hab’s online Gear Store for some of the key items recommended for your adventure. Look for this icon in the list below, then go to the Nat Hab Gear Store to start shopping.

Adventure-Specific Guidelines

  • Temperatures in Ranthambore National Park can reach well over 100ºF between the months of April and June. Please be prepared with appropriate lightweight, breathable clothing.
  • Wildlife drives can be extremely dusty at this time of year. We recommend bringing a dust-proof bag to protect your photo equipment during outings and eye drops if you are sensitive to dust.
  • We encourage you to take into account local attitudes toward modesty and propriety. Your style of dress will, in part, determine your acceptance by, and interaction with, local people. Always check with your guide concerning proper dress code for the day’s activities.
  • While you may see other tourists wearing these items, in general, shorts and tank tops (clothing that reveals your knees and shoulders) are considered disrespectful and are not culturally appropriate while in Delhi. This is especially true for women.
  • In Ranthambore National Park, it is acceptable to wear shorts and short-sleeved shirts while on wildlife drives; however, long sleeves are recommended, as they offer greater protection from the sun.
  • In mosques you may be requested to cover your head and remove your shoes.
  • Wearing modest clothing is especially important in temples and monasteries. Shorts or other revealing items clothing should never be worn.

Clothing

  • Rain jacket or umbrella
    Although our adventure takes place before monsoon season, there is always a chance of rain. We recommend bringing a very lightweight, breathable, waterproof rain jacket with hood for use during wildlife drives, and a compact umbrella, which can be more comfortable in the heat during our city tour.
  • Sturdy walking shoes and/or sport sandals
    Bring the most comfortable option for walking. Sturdy sandals such as Tevas, Chacos or Keens can be comfortable while on wildlife drives.
  • 3–4 short-sleeved, lightweight shirts
    Bring modest shirts that cover your shoulders. It is not recommended that you wear short-sleeved shirts during wildlife drives, as they will not protect you from the sun.
  • 2 long-sleeved, lightweight shirts
    Helpful for sun protection on wildlife drives.
  • 2 pairs of lightweight capris or long pants
  • 1 pair of lightweight zip-off pants/shorts
    Shorts are not recommended while in Delhi. However, zip-off pants can be useful while in Ranthambore.
  • Long skirt for women (optional)
  • Extra pair of comfortable shoes
    To wear in the evenings after outdoor excursions.
  • Socks
    If you are wearing closed-toe shoes, bring socks made of moisture-wicking material.
  • Undergarments
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit (Optional)

Additional Items

  • Cash
    For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation)
    For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use and food and beverages not included in your trip fee)
    For hotel transfers for early arrival, late departures or staying at a different accommodation (if applicable)
    Video camera fees (if applicable)
  • Binoculars
    Binoculars are a huge asset for wildlife viewing and are highly recommended. For optimal viewing, we suggest those with specs between 10x42 and 8x42. You may even try 8x35 but only if they contain high-quality glass. Practice using your binoculars before your adventure to make sure they are not too powerful or you do not have trouble holding them steady.
  • Water/dust-resistant daypack
    To carry camera equipment or other gear during outings.
    A dust-proof drawstring bag will also be helpful to protect your equipment when traveling in open 4x4s on wildlife drives.
  • Headlamp or small flashlight
    Power outages are not uncommon. Carry spare batteries.
  • Sun hat (with wide brim for protection)
    A good option is one that also has a “skirt” to cover your neck. 
  • Neck buff
    Nat Hab will provide this for protection from dust while on wildlife drives.
  • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Battery-operated alarm clock or wristwatch
  • Earplugs
  • Toiletries
    Shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion are provided at all accommodations.
  • Eye drops
    To help with any irritation that may occur due to excessive dust on wildlife drives.
  • Quick-drying washcloth
    You may wish to bring a washcloth if you prefer to use them, as they may not be provided by all accommodations.
  • Mini tissue packs
  • Toilet paper
    As toilet paper is not always available in public restrooms, you may want to keep a roll in your daypack. Take out the center roll for easier packing.
  • Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment
    Repellents containing DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes, but please be aware that DEET is a very strong ingredient that can damage plastics, clothing and equipment.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF15)
  • Small medical kit
  • Electrolyte/flavor crystal packets (optional)
    Can be added to water to replace fluids in case of intestinal illness and/or enhance the taste to encourage hydration.
  • Melatonin
    — To help ease effects of jet lag.
  • Anti-bacterial gel or towelettes
  • Small calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Dry bags or reusable waterproof bags
    Great for wet or dirty clothing and to protect camera equipment from the elements.
  • Sewing kit
  • Hairdryers are provided at all accommodations.
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