India is a very modest society and it is appropriate to dress accordingly. It will be winter while we are there and will be cold, so bring warm layers to keep warm.
In Delhi it is fine for men to wear tank tops and long shorts but not for women. No tank tops, undershirts, low cut shirts, tight tee shirts, sheer shirts or pants, or short skirts. If you can see any of your undergarments in any way, it’s inappropriate in India . Yoga pants, leggings and t-shirts or tunics are perfect. Ready-made Indian clothing will be available for purchase at reasonable prices. Bring a long scarf that you can drape over your shoulders.
Please note that head coverings are required not only for meditating, but also for entering temples and Gurdwaras. It’s a good idea to bring a head covering that you’re used to and that will easily stay on your head.
In India shoes are taken off very frequently, so sandals and slip-ons are the most convenient footwear. Remember, your feet will get very dirty wearing sandals. Though it is not very fashionable, sandals and socks are a good combination. Flip-flops are considered more of a shower shoe, so not so good to wear them in public. Tewas with straps are a good call. You will also want a a closed toe type of shoe that is comfortable for walking and easy to get on and off. Some people like Dansko clogs.
Travel as light as possible without depriving yourself of your needs. Here is a compiled list of things one might bring to India.
- Bathing suit (one piece with shorts for the ladies)
- Athletic shoes or broken in hiking boots
- Sandals or slip-ons
- Small locks for your bags
- Ear plugs
- Feminine hygiene necessities
- Small flashlight or “torch” as it is called there. Headlamps are very handy.
- Batteries or “cells” as they are called there.
- Head covering (required in all Gurdwaras and temples)
- Kleenex packets or toilet paper (carry some with you at all times)
- Liquid cold water laundry soap (little packets are good; you can by dry laundry soap easily in India)
- Travel pillow
- Reading material and music
- Rubber or plastic shoes for the shower (cheap flip flops; you will throw these away before you come home)
- Sunglasses, visor
- Lip moisturizer
- Swiss army knife (do not pack in your carry on for the plane or it will be confiscated.)
- Toiletries and sundries
- Travel alarm clock
- Sleeping eye mask
- Travel sewing kit
- Plug adaptor for India if you are bringing electronics (check the voltage; it is 220v in India)
- Wet wipes
- Yoga mat and/or sheepskin
- Shawl (very easily purchased there, but good to bring one)
- Medical supplies (you can also get in India, but you want to have a few on hand)
- Snacks (trail mix, power bars, granola and such)
- Water bottle or Camelback (water pouch back-pack contraptions)
- Warm coat (down, waterproof is good)
- Rain gear (pancho w/hood, rain parka, small umbrella)