Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The first time we went to indea we took jeans, shirts, a jumper!!???? This time we took linen pants t shirts, aned flip flops. Seriously , you may think that its a bit scruffy but its just right for what everyone wears! I saw very few people in jeans or shirts, and the ones that did were looking at evefryones else thinking ' i wish i brought my linen pants with me'!!!. Also travel light, you will pick up lodes ofgoodies in goa and they tend to sting you for being over wieght in the airport.
Luggage and bags:
take a decent size suitcase but do not fill it you will need the room to bring the goodies back that you buy in Goa
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: shorts/t,shirts for the days, thin tops,cropped cotton trousers and loose skirts( i take the creased look ones) flatty sandles for the night, i don"t take any shoes with heels as it is quite uneven when out walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: the usual shower gel, shampoo e.t.c we never take any thing from here for upset stomach and the runs as all the chemist in Goa sell it very cheap, also it works quicker as they say that if you get the delly belly our stuff is not strong enough to kill the bug were theirs is, we always bring some of the tablets back with us for when we travel to other countries
Photo Equipment: take your camcorder/camara the Goans love having their photos taken. i wouldn"t buy any thing like that in Goa
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: the same as you would take on any beach holiday.
Luggage and bags: OK...you have to pack the basics...but Goa has such cheap clothes & tailors...its well worth bringing say a weeks clothes...and send it to the local laundry (very cheap!) The more room you have in your bags when you arrive...the more you can buy!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you visit Goa in the main 'season' the evening climate is warm...but to avoid mossie bites don't wear t-shirts & shorts. Take a pair of lightweight trousers...and long sleeve shirt/blouses...prevention is the best cure! Avoid strong perfume/after-shave as it appears to attract the little blighters!
good flat sandals are needed..there are no pavements here.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Unless you are on special medication, you do not need to bring anything. We have all the usual stomach sickness things and a huge amount more at a tiny fraction of the normal price. If you have allergies, dont bother paying so much for Clariton etc here we have the same type of medication made my Glaxo for Rs30.
Photo Equipment: films, batteries etc can all be bought quite cheaply here. dont forget to develop your photos or have them put on a CD at a kodak shop before you leave..you will save a lot of money and have them ready to show people at home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The local Goan children (and their parents) will really appreciate any t-shirts you can bring over. So...rather than throw out stuff you no longer want...bring it with you and give out as gifts! If you have lots...and are thinking of donating them to one of the childrens homes( like www.childrenwalkingtall.com )...contact your airline...as they'll probably let you bring it over for free rather than charge you excess!
Miscellaneous: Contact www.ChildrenWalkingTall.com before you travel. They will arrange an extra 10kg of baggage allowance for you and then you can donate childrens clothes and sturdy toys for the street children that this charity works with. As well as the children who visit Mango House, their day centre, Rob and Shermina do regular runs to Mumbai and hand out clothing to the street children there.
Luggage and bags:
I always buy a beachbag to throw over my shoulder when I arrive.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I take 2 pairs of Flip/flops one for the beach and one for the evening (although I buy about 10 pairs from the Gucciman in Calangute High Street). Both are last seasons as they get ruined and I normally leave them, as everywhere you walk you get covered in a reddish dust, including the backs of trousers and shorts, so don't take anything too smart as it gets ruined and also you look out of place! You can easily get clothes washed and ironed out there. So don't take to much otherwise your get charged excess baggage on the way home with all the stuff you've brought.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The pharmacies are great, they sell so much, I always stock up on stuff as its cheaper than at home.
Miscellaneous: Always take a torch and spare batteries as you will need one and keep it to hand even in the room. There are always power cuts and although most hotel rooms have a small candle and box of matches you have to find them first. Alot of cuts happen early evening so don't get caught in the shower.
Don't overload your bag with clothes, you can get a lot of local stuff cheaply. Just take a jacket: nights at the beach can be chilly.
Plastic slippers are generally useful for beach trips.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a usual traveller's medical kit. Mosquito repellent can be useful, though you can get one in Goa.
Sunscreen and sunglasses are needed as in any sunny country.
Photo Equipment: Take a spare flash card for your camera. Flash cards are available at pharmacies in Goa, but they are much more expensive there than in Russia (in my case).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going to stay at cocohuts, take a spare sheet for the bed and a towel.
Miscellaneous: If you are a smoker, bring a good stock of the brand you smoke with you. Cigarettes in Goa are too bad to smoke. (On the other hand, it's bad to smoke anyway :))
Luggage and bags:
Unfortunately, I thought too much about what to take with me this time, I didn't need to!!
You can get mozzie spray/plugs/repellant, flip flops, sun tan lotions, sunglasses, sandals, clothes made/bought, beach bag, ibuprofen, water tablets, diarhoea tablets (better than immodium plus), anti-hystamine tablets, shampoo/conditioner, need I go on. Best not to pack too much, then you can take plenty of clothes, sandals etc home and not get charged for excess baggage like I did!!! You live and learn.
As most hotel rooms have a fridge in them with a small freezer compartment, ice bags come in handy.
Just fill them with bottled water and then you can have a nice cool drink in your room, with ice cubes, without fear of spending the next day in the bathroom!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: one thing that i dont pack is my asthma inhalers.In england i get charged £6 for one but to buy them in goa its about £1.50 each so i buy a years supply and bring themback with me.i also bring back with me malaria tablets so next time i go i dont buy them in england as they are only 20p in goa for about ten.Themajority of medication is available in india and a lot cheaper.Also i buy mossie cream when im there as its only 50p a tube and very effective,called odomous.
If you want books on India...factual or fiction...heres a few I've enjoyed:
William Sutcliffe - 'Are you experienced?'
Clive James - 'The Silver Castle'
Dominique Lapiere - 'City of Joy'
William Dalrymple - 'The age of Kali'
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You see people wearing all types of fashion in Goa...from Designer gear to footie shirts. Shoes wise I'd avoid anything too smart...as the roads are at best bumpy...and theres no such thing as a pavement. Goa is very dusty, and the local earth is scorched red by the sun...and gets everywhere! Whilst I prefer white, cooling clothes...be warned it might get ruined, particularly white shoes!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I buy virtually all my toiletries & medical supplies on my first day in Goa...its way cheaper than at home. Saves space in your luggage...and I leave it all there for the roomboy...so saves space going back too!