Wondering what to pack for Goa? Katie, Goa Experience Product Manager, shares her top packing tips to prepare you for your Goa holiday. Your Goa packing checklist: sorted!
Choosing what to pack for your Goa holiday can be a daunting task, especially for those visiting the state for the first time.
In this blog article, our Goa Product Manager, Katie Mole, tells us her Goa packing checklist and all the essential things to carry while travelling to Goa. You can thank us later!
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 is always overnight one way, 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 journeys, but I find it hard to hear the sound track without noise cancelling headphones. These are always on my Goa packing list!
Pack lightweight clothing: it’s going to be hot!
With average temperatures of 30˚C during the winter season, make sure your Goa packing list includes some lightweight 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's 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 add a sun hat and sunglasses to your list of things to take to Goa.
Take plenty of sun cream
One of the most important things to take to Goa is sun cream with a high SP factor. 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 two-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 your'e 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
When packing for Goa, it's highly recommended you remember to bring 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 basics. When packing your kit for Goa, make sure to include the following:
- Dioralytes / rehydration salts
- Antiseptic cream
- 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 - a Goa packing list essential.
...and 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 kilos 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 Goa packing checklist!
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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