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What to Pack for an Overland trip?

What to Pack for an Overland trip?

Packing sensibly is essential for your India Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg. It is compulsory you take a backpack (and not a suitcase) as the Van store then in lockers or under the carriage (the locker dimensions vary so please ask your consultant). The airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage (your day bag). A good idea is to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don't forget to include this in your weight for your trip home.

Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual "wash & wear" clothes. Cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Pack clothes that don't crease easily as the laundry facilities are limited. Find clothes that can be mixed and matched easily and are colour co-ordinated. A great item of clothing is zip-off pants. These double-up as shorts or trousers and are useful for when the weather changes. Reversible clothes are also very convenient and will help to reduce space in your bag.

Here is a list of items to help you pack:

Clothes:

  • 3-4 short sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of trousers or 1 pair and 1 skirt – try not to pack jeans as they take a long time to dry
  • ¾ pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece top
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Light sweater or sweatshirt (can also be used as an additional pillow)
  • Warm fleece top
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hat/peak cap/bandana
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Water/wind-proof jacket
  • Boots or sturdy trainers

Beachwear:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towel and/or sarong
  • Sandals or thongs (need to be waterproof if you want to go white-water rafting)

 

Toiletries:

  • Personal toiletries
  • Hand sanitiser/wipes (waterless sanitisers are convenient)
  • Toilet paper (best to carry  a roll with you at all time) And/or Tissues
  • Moisturiser

Sleepwear:

  • Pyjamas
  • Travel pillow
  • Spare pillowcase
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fleece blanket

 

Medication/first aid kit:

  • Prescription medication
  • Anti-histamine cream or tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sunscreen (high factor) and lip balm
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Moisturiser
  • Dehydration salts
  • Elastoplasts/band aids
  • Insect repellent
  • Sterile dressings

 

Extras:

  • Water bottle
  • Book (you can swap with the rest of the group)
  • Extra memory/film for your camera (remember to set at the highest resolution as you might want to enlarge the pictures)
  • Head torch
  • Zip-lock bags (medium sized for cameras, snacks, trash etc.)
  • Extra batteries
  • Travel power strip ( a compact three-plug unit that includes two USB connections. With just one wall plug you can charge five gadgets)  
  • Battery bank
  • Small calculator
  • Lockable pouch for your money and valuable to use in safety deposite box
  • Plastic bags for waterproofing
  • Washing lines and travel laundry detergent
  • Binocular
  • Writing material to make a note about trip
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Small sewing kit