Preparation

We recommend that you visit your doctor to discuss your trip at least  three months before you travel if possible.  They will have the up to date information on vaccinations and be aware of any personal health issues you may have that need to be considered.

Karnataka is a low risk area for Malaria.  Some cases of Dengue Fever have been reported, so it is best to discuss this with your doctor so that you can make an informed decision.

If you are travelling to other parts of India other than those visited while on your Skillstourism holiday, please be sure to check advice for each area as there as some areas in India where Malaria is a high risk.

India has very good doctors, dentists and hospitals.  Should you become ill on your holiday, we will be there to advise the best facilities nearby.  Please don’t forget that travel insurance is compulsory for very good reasons, so be sure to arrange it before you leave home.  We suggest you arrange it as soon as you book your holiday in fact.

It’s always fun to give away little gifts to the locals when you travel.  Well, we think so and we think you’ll agree!  Gifts like colouring pencils and books are always a hit with little kids, as are any kind of balls, pavement chalk or easy to learn games for slightly older children.  Young boys are cricket mad so if you hail from a country that plays cricket, some cricket type souvenirs will be met with enthusiasm to say the least.

You’ll make friends on your holiday that would really appreciate a little trinket, whether it’s a key ring, fridge magnet or something from your home country that would be a novelty for an Indian.  From your auto rickshaw driver to the artisan that you work side by side with, any person you connect with will be thrilled with the smallest of things.

Another option is to bring basic school supplies that can be donated to a local school, or to children from a disadvantaged background.  We can put you in touch with local charities that will be extremely grateful for any donation.  If you want to travel light, school supplies are relatively inexpensive, we can tell you the best place to buy them once you are here.

Some basic first aid items are always a good idea, especially if there is something that you really must have should you get an upset stomach, a headache or another ailment.  You can probably just bring absolute essentials and the rest you could get if needed.

Sunscreen is not as readily available, so bring a good one with you.  Not to mention a hat or umbrella to protect you from the sun.  If you are coming during the wetter months, an umbrella or raincoat isn’t a bad idea, but if you are economising on luggage just get one here.

Three photocopies of your passport and visa and three passport sized photos.   You’ll need these for hotel check-ins and to get a local SIM Card if you choose to.  If you are travelling extensively through India, you could bring more.  You can also get these done quickly and cheaply once you are here, but good to land with at least a couple of copies.

We’ll include a more comprehensive packing list with your travel documents.

Keep in mind India is hot year round.  Even in the cooler months, the days can be quite warm.  We recommend cotton and natural fabrics as they tend to be cooler, but some people like to wear the new synthetics that are designed to wick away perspiration – the choice is yours.  As long as you are comfortable, that’s what’s important.  If you are coming to join us from October to February, a light long sleeve is recommended as the evenings can be cool.

India is a conservative country – for women it is customary to cover your shoulders and knees.  Carrying a light cotton wrap is a must, as you can always whip it out of your bag to throw around your shoulders if you are wearing something sleeveless, and they are also great to protect you from the sun.

Naturally a hat (Catherine prefers to use an umbrella), sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.  Your favourite mosquito repellant is a handy thing to have in your bag too!

The vast majority of men in India wear long pants, but what the locals call half pants (shorts) are fine for every day wear.  Should you be going to visit a place of religious significance, a family home or a restaurant or bar in the evening, then we suggest having a pair of long pants for these occasions.

Sturdy, comfortable shoes are a must even for in and around the city as the footpaths and roads often have obstructions and hazards, so protecting your feet is a very good idea.