The Goa Experience Product Manager shares her top packing tips to prepare you for your Goa holiday.
Choosing what to pack for your Goa holiday can be a daunting task, especially for those visiting the state for the first time. While many websites have packing lists for India in general, not many focus specifically on Goa.
Our Goa Product Manager Katie Mole, shares her top packing tips to prepare you for your holiday to Goa.....
Remember to pack a neck pillow, eye mask and earplugs in your hand luggage
I don’t go on any long haul flight these days without my neck pillow, eye mask and earplugs and travelling to Goa is no exception. The flight one way is always overnight and these travel essentials can make the world of difference when trying to get some rest.
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Noise reduction headphones
To help pass the time I enjoy watching films on long journey but I find it hard to hear the sound track without noise canceling headphones.
Pack light weight clothing, it’s going to be hot!
With average temperatures of 30˚C during the winter season, make sure you pack light weight clothing that can help to keep you cool during the day. Natural fabrics such as cotton are always good as they are more breathable. The evenings however, can get cooler, so don’t forget to pack a jumper or cardigan.
Remember to pack something that keeps you covered
Although Goa is a very cosmopolitan state, it is important to remember that you are still in India. When visiting attractions (especially churches and temples) outside of the main tourist areas make sure your legs and shoulders are covered.
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Don’t forget your sun hat and sun glasses
The Indian sun is much stronger than we are used to in the UK so remember to pack your sun hat and sun glasses.
Take plenty of sun cream
Make sure you pack plenty of sun cream with a high SP factor for your Goa holiday. Although sun cream is readily available in most tourist resorts, the industry isn’t as well regulated as we are used to in the UK and can often be of poor quality.
Packing the right travel adaptor
In most hotels in Goa you can use a regular 2 pin European travel adaptor. Otherwise for just a pound or two, you can pick up an adaptor from most of the larger shops in the tourist areas.
Don’t forget your camera
Make sure you remember to pack your camera and charger for your holiday snaps. Long after the tan has faded, you can flick through your photos with fond memories.
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Pack a torch
It is always handy to keep a small torch in your bag when you are out and about in the evenings. Many of the smaller roads and pathways even in the main tourist resorts won’t be lit and the beaches can be especially dark.
Whether I am just popping to the beach or heading inland exploring, I always keep antibacterial hand-wash in my bag. Pack plenty of it and make sure you use it!
Choose the right insect repellent
It is highly recommended to pack insect repellent with a high deet content for your Goa holiday. Make sure you also visit your doctors and ask about the vaccinations required.
Remember to pack your first aid kit
Whether travelling to Europe or India I always pack a travel size first aid kit. Ready-made kits are easy to pick up at most chemists and include the basic’s. When packing your kit for Goa, make sure to include the following:
Dioralytes / rehydration salts
Cream for insect bites
Don’t forget your Goa Guide
As part of our ticket packs you will receive a handy pocket sized guide to Goa with useful information about what to expect, the regions and resorts and excursions that we recommend.
And remember make sure you leave some space in your suitcase
The markets in Goa are just incredible and really good value for money as long as you barter hard. Try to leave a few kilo’s spare for souvenirs so you don’t go over your luggage allowance.
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So there you have it, my top packing tips for your Goa holiday. This is by no means a definitive list as everyone has different needs and requirements but hopefully it will help with your packing quandaries.
Looking for some more Goa holiday inspiration? Check out our Holiday Ideas page to learn more about the types of trips we offer to India’s sunshine state.
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