As a traveler, the clothes you pack for the trip should be your best ally in the face of intense or unexpected experiences that you can experience in an exotic place, and that is exactly what it is all about when we choose distant lands as a travel destination, most likely we will find ourselves with a reality totally different from ours. So you should take into account what kind of clothes you should wear and that you should simply leave at home, since it is not enough to know that it is a tropical place to be suitable (or) and above all comfortable (or). For this reason, the best decision is to take some time to study your travel destination a bit.

To choose what clothes to pack for a trip to India , the first thing you should consider is:

  1. The weather.
  2. The place.
  3. Culture.

Describing in a list the general idea of ​​a suitable clothing to visit the places of India would be a difficult task to achieve, for its extensive territory, which is diversified among its places, climate and customs. Understanding these reasons, we have designed a small study according to these aspects.


Climate and places

A key fact to determine the selection of the clothes you are going to pack is to know the weather that will be within the dates included during the trip. Since, the climate of each city varies according to the weather and the distance between them. The Indian climate can be classified into three seasons, for example:

  • Warm or hot season (from the month of April / May to late or mid June ): the month with the highest heat level is usually May reaching temperatures of up to 45 degrees. Large cities with greater urban movement are usually the places with the most stifling temperatures while in the mountainous areas of northern India there is usually a dry climate but with a moderate heat temperature thanks to the location near the Himalayas ( cold).
  • Monsoon or rainy season (from the end of June to the beginning of November ): this season begins just after the hot season starting in the southeastern part of the country, which gradually extends to the rest of the territory, through of heavy rains and then turn into storms. This rainy period is characterized by developing a lot of humidity and heat. The southern zone is the most affected because it is close to the coast, where the rains can flood the cities and the environment reach very high levels of humidity. Frequently, the state of Tamil Nadu, which is right at the tip of the southern zone, can extend the monsoon period until December.
  • Cold or dry season (includes from the beginning of December until the end of February ): for the northern area this period has a very cold temperature, to the point of snowing especially in the territories attached to the Himalayas as is the case Dharamsala or Leh. On the other hand, in the northern plains (Rajasthan) it is usually a dry but very cold climate. In the rest of the territory, the temperature is moderate, even for the southern zone presented a mild temperature. In fact it is the highest tourist season.

With this climate classification of India you can have much more clear under what climate you can find according to your travel date and in this way to be able to correctly choose the type of clothing corresponding to the time. But this is only half of the data, since the context, that is, in certain places of attraction the culture may demand certain conditions with respect to clothing, especially in the case of women (mostly Western), since for Most Indians (whether women, men or children) are usually very exotic and the center of many looks.


This territory has a quite rich and ancient monarchical origin. In addition, it is the epicenter of four of the most influential religions in the world as they are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, which play a central and definitive role in the life of this nation and many of its people. Although in many of the central cities of India are more tolerant of Western clothing such as shorts, miniskirts or shirts with bare shoulders, it is not appropriate to adapt some clothes to the Indian context as a sign of respect for their culture. In fact, the use of looser clothing, shirts with sleeves or long pants can benefit you by covering yourself with the strong rays of the sun, protecting yourself from mosquitoes and immersing yourself more in the Asian travel experience.

-About the temples:

In all the temples (although in some they do not demand it to you directly) it is advisable to cover your shoulders and head with a pashmina (in the case of the woman) and to go barefoot to the temples (both for men and women). But in temples such as the Sikh and Tamil Nadu it is important to follow the etiquette requirements to access them, for example; To enter temples Sij it is necessary to bring the legs, shoulders and head fully covered. On the other hand, in the temples of Tamil Nadu it is imperative to wear traditional clothing, such as: the Dhoti with traditional top or formal trousers and shirt (for men) and the Sari, half sari or churidar with top (for women) ).

Once contemplated all these aspects, below we present the following clothing options that besides being very useful you will see very adequate (or) when you get there.


Clothing that you must pack


-For any of the times or places:

  1. Pashmina or handkerchief (you can buy it there but better make sure you bring one).
  2. Pajama Loose.
  3. Cotton underwear.
  4. Socks
  5. Sandals or shoes easy to remove (to go to the temples).
  6. Rubber or hiking shoes (for rural areas).
  7. T-shirts or light sweaters that do not have necklines or transparencies.
  8. Baggy, long and light pants made of cotton or linen.

-For the plains of the north or the center and south , if you go to the territory of sand and camels, your stay is in the capital or you will make a tour of all India in the warm or even monsoon time is recommended to pack:

  1. Thermal shirt
  2. Long-sleeved shirts made of cotton or a material that retains heat.
  3. Polar linings.
  4. Warm sweater
  5. Jacket
  6. Winter boots.
  7. Hat or balaclava to warm the head and ears.
  8. Heaters

-For the plains of the north or the center and south , if you go to the territory of sand and camels, your stay is in the capital or you will make a tour of all India in the warm or even monsoon time is recommended to pack:

  1. Loose shirts (or sweatshirts) short sleeves or ¾.
  2. “Pirate” style pants (or ¾ baggy).
  3. Long baggy pants made of organic threads (Cotton or Linen).
  4. Raincoats and raincoats (for rainy weather).
  5. Waterproof boots (for rainy weather).

– For coastal areas , if you go to the southern part to enjoy the beaches, it is convenient to bring:

  1. Dresses or skirts (preferably long).
    2. Bathroom clothes.
    3. Pareos.
    4. Shorts.
    5. Sleeveless shirt.
    6. Flip-flops (flip flops).
    7. Towels.
    8. Hats or caps.

-Other items to pack:

  1. Lenses or sunglasses.
  2. Pañoleta or sombrero (something to protect the head of the sun).
  3. Sheet or cloth to cover (as a precaution).
  4. Mosquito net (as a precaution).
  5. A handkerchief or small towel (as a precaution).

Items that you will love to buy in India.

Although you are already super equipped (or) to travel, India will always surprise you. The traditional Indian dresses are part of the majestic magic of this magnificent place. For this reason, if you want to be part of the whole experience of this wonderful destination and also capture spectacular photos dressed as a maharani or a maharaja, we suggest you buy:

  1. A Sari , there is a great diversity for being practically a cultural symbol of India. There are Saris made of cotton, chiffon or linen with hand embroidery on the tips and glassware, as well as spectacular Saris made on looms.
  1. A Pashmina , soft with hand-printed prints by carved blocks of wood.
  1. The Dupatta , is a kind of veil, which can also put it on the neck, as if it were a scarf.
  1. Jewelry , beautiful fabrics of large stones with vibrant colors. Indian jewelry is characterized by striking designs, as a symbol of abundance and wealth.
  1. The Dhoti , is a long rectangular garment made of cotton commonly worn by men, worn around the waist and to join it passes between the legs, forming a wide and fresh pants, very consistent with the warm climate of the area .
  1. The Kurta , is a kind of ethnic long tunic of cotton that is usually combined with the Dhoti. This dress can be found in two styles; The Angrakha, which is tied forward in a cross style and El jodhpuri, which is the simple style of the kurta and is distinguished by its embroidery and patterns. Currently, Kurta is usually worn by both women and men.
  1. Salwar kameez , is a baggy pants (wide) that is tight at the ankles, this pants is used mostly in the mountainous areas of the north. It is commonly worn by men or women.

Taking into account all these suggestions, you will be ready to pack the right and essential in your suitcase or traveling backpack. Remember that each place is a completely different world, and the interesting thing about traveling to each of them is everything they can teach you from a different perspective than your own reality.