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India Packing List | Winter & Early Spring

The following packing list contains general recommendations for an India wildlife safari in the cooler winter and early spring months (November through April). If you are currently booked on the Grand India Wildlife Adventure 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

  • It can be quite cold in northern India from November to January, with temperatures dropping into the upper 30s Fahrenheit at night and early mornings. During the day it can reach the 80s Fahrenheit, but if you are not in the sun, it can still feel cool. Temperatures start to warm up in February and March, but the early mornings will still be chilly.
  • Plan to dress in 2–3 layers, including a warm hat, gloves, scarf, long pants, potentially long underwear, and a warm down jacket, especially while on wildlife drives. From November to January you may wear all these items throughout the day, while in February and March you will be more likely to wear them in the mornings and shed layers as it warms up throughout the day.
  • 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.
  • Wearing modest clothing is especially important in temples and monasteries. Shorts or other revealing items should never be worn.
  • It is acceptable, however, to wear shorts during wildlife drives while in the national parks.
  • In mosques you will be requested to cover your head.

Clothing

  • Rain gear
    Although our adventure takes place in the winter after monsoon season has ended it is possible to encounter inclement weather. We recommend bringing durable, lightweight, fully waterproof (not just water-resistant) rain gear, including a jacket with hood and rain pants.
  • Lightweight down jacket
    This is especially important on trips beginning November through January.
  • Warm, windproof fleece
    One that can be layered under your jacket is ideal.
  • Sturdy walking shoes / sport sandals
    Bring comfortable shoes that are appropriate for walks and wildlife drives. They should be broken in to prevent blisters.
    Closed-toe shoes are recommended for cooler months.
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
    Good to have for cold morning and evening wildlife drives.
  • 3–4 short-sleeved shirts
    Bring modest shirts that cover your shoulders. Although it is not required, it is respectful to wear a shirt with a collar when visiting temples and monasteries.
  • 2 long-sleeved, lightweight shirts
  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • Light sweater
  • Long skirt for women (optional)
  • Long underwear (top and bottom)
    Good to have for early morning wildlife drives if you get cold easily. This is especially handy for trips from November to January.
  • Extra pair of comfortable shoes
    To wear in the evenings after outdoor excursions.
  • Socks
    Bring socks made of wool or other moisture-wicking material; cotton socks are not recommended for longer walks.
    As you will need to remove your shoes while visiting temples and monasteries, and floors in these public places tend to be cold and very dirty, you may also wish to bring an old pair of socks you can wear during these outings and throw away after the adventure.
  • Undergarments
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit (Optional)
  • Slippers
    Optional—floors in the hotels and lodges can be cold.

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)
    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.
  • Water bottle
  • Neck buff
    Nat Hab will provide this for protection from dust while on wildlife drives.
  • Small, compact umbrella
  • 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.
  • 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 SPF30)
  • 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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