If there is one thing I hate about travel, it’s the packing. It becomes the dread, the pit in my stomach, and the panic that I’ll never fit everything I actually need on my trip, into my suitcase. When visiting a destination that is out of my comfort zone (i.e. Brazil or India), I try to read blogs, searching for any glimpse of hope that I will mostly be able to bring items that actually already exist in my wardrobe. Those blogs range from the extreme “wear 6 layers and cover your body from head to toe”, to “don’t pack anything, and just bring a carry on because you can buy your whole wardrobe there”. It’s really hard to find that middle ground, and balance necessities with my own personal style.
I wanted to share some outfit inspiration, with what I wore in India, as well as some tips on how to keep your suitcase light. India challenged my packing skills to the extreme, because I tend to over pack. Since I didn't know what to expect, I tried to map out outfits, and mostly tried to ensure that what I wore didn't scream "I'M A TOURIST, ROB ME!"
Before I list out what my recommendations are for what to wear in India, here are a few things about me that helped me determine what went into my luggage. What worked for me might not work for you, as timeframe and personal preference could be different.
1. Pack Basics in Solids or Classic Prints
2. Don't Bring Jeans
3. Loose, Breathable Clothing = Your Best Friend
Here I am at my Zodiac Station, trying to emulate the Scorpio that I am, but you can really see the movement in my pants. :)
4. If You're Questioning An Outfit, Don't Bring It
5. Get Creative!
6. Pack a Crossbody Purse
7. Bring A Few Novelty Pieces
8. Shop Local, But Don't Depend On It
It was really hard to find a sleeveless Kurta in India. There was NO way I could have sleeves. I was already a sweatball who looked like they were ill when they stepped out into the sun. I loved the gold lurex detailed print, infused with black. It was so beautiful. My friend on the right also purchased her dress at the same store, and it was so pretty and fun!
9. Utilize Hotel Laundry Services
10. Pack No More Than 3 Pairs Of Shoes
These are my top 10 tips on what to pack for a trip to India, and any place that has extreme heat. If you have any questions please leave them below. I'm going to also update with how I managed to NOT get Delhi belly on this trip! India is such a beautiful place, and I cannot wait to go back!
Bellisima = "Extremely Beautiful" in Italian, and how i would describe the world, and how I view it through travel.