Planning what to pack for India can be a bit overwhelming. As a special request from a traveler heading to India on a 3 week trip, Travel Fashion Girl’s India packing list shows you how to choose the right clothes for your adventure!

India is an incredible travel destination. It was my first major trip and it was also the country that changed my life forever. Packing can be a bit tricky as the weather can be extremely hot, the air dusty, and your choices of clothing can dictate how you are perceived.

It is very important to plan conservative yet light, airy clothing for trips to India. While cities like Mumbai and beach destinations like Goa may have a more relaxed “dress code”, it is still imperative to respect the local culture and dress accordingly.

There are two things to keep in mind when planning your India packing list: shoulders and knees should always be covered.

Follow these guidelines to make trips to India a breeze! Travel Fashion Girl shows you what to pack for India.


India Packing List



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10 Piece India Packing  List: 4 Tops + 3 Bottoms + 1 Dress + yoga outfit


4 Tops:

Pack ¾ sleeve or long sleeve tops that give you coverage and modest appearance. Try to choose light fabrics that will be airy and keep you cool in the heat. You can pack sleeveless shirts just keep in mind that you’ll have to pair them with a wrap to cover your shoulders. You’ll have an endless selection of wraps and scarves in India – get ready to shop!


1 Maxi Dress:

Nothing better than to slip into an easy flowy maxi dress when it’s hot. Pair with flip flops during the day for a casual look and add sandals at night to take it up a notch. Consider getting a Lapis style convertible dress that also doubles as a dress for more versatility. Avoid cleavage flashing necklines. Add a scarf or shawl for style and shoulder coverage. Respecting the local culture should always be priority when choosing travel clothes.


2 Pants

You should have a pair or two of light weight pants. Some travelers like to pack a pair of jeans if traveling to colder areas and also to go out in places like Mumbai. Otherwise, you can choose from an eclectic array of baggy pants in India. Leggings are essential as suggested by travel blogger Belinda from Travelling Belle who’s traveling in India. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the beaches, add a pair of denim shorts to your India packing list. A note about cargo pants: if you pack them, make sure they have zippers as the pockets can be targets for wandering hands.


1 Maxi Skirt

Choose a skirt that falls below your knees. Make sure your skirt doesn’t sit too low as it will collect dirt at the rim. Solid, neutral colors allow you to mix and match easier.


1 Yoga Set

If you’re planning on doing yoga occasionally on your trip to India, pack one set of yoga pants and top. It’s a good idea to choose items that you can also wear with the rest of your travel wardrobe or use as layers if you go to cooler regions. Legging style yoga pants are ideal because you can wear them under kaftans, tunics and longer tops. Choose breathable, moisture wicking fabrics.


2 Shoes

Comfortable Sandals: Wear something you can walk in for hours!

Flip Flops: A must in every travel bag, flip flops are extremely versatile. If you’re an ultra-light packer and only want one pair of shoes, splurge on a hybrid pair that you can dress up or down.


Adjust the list according to your activities. Add more yoga gear if you’re going to an ashram, add a jacket/jeans if going to the Himalayas, and add a sun dress if heading to the beach. My best suggestion when planning trips to India is to buy your travel clothing upon arrival. Check out Laura Klein’s custom clothing shopping experience in New Delhi. Hope this list helps you figure out what to pack for India!

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