No need to take much.
Luggage and bags: Good cases are always an essential for me - they get some rough treatment so need to be robust.
Ours are bright orange - easily seen for collection at arrivals!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good pair of sandals would be best for Goa, cotton clothes are easily and cheaply available so no need to bring a lot with you - buy some bargains and take them home. Shirts and shorts from around 50 rupees upward so you can't go wrong in picking it up whulst you are there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available from local chemists who will even supply over-the-counter drugs which would require a prescription in the UK.
However be careful to read all of the warnings and instructions on the packet if you do buy there - some may not be the best choice even though they are available and cheap.
We use www.e-med.co.uk to get our medical pack before we go.
We bought an insect spray locally and used it to spray the accommodation every evening as we went out - good precaution against the mozzies!
Photo Equipment: Plenty of opportunity for taking photos - I took digital and 35 mm. Photos can be processed and available in Goa within 5 hours for much less than it costs at home.
Stuff to take
Luggage and bags: take an extra back pack with you in case you do a weekend sleepover at palolem beach in one of their beach huts
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: just normal sun gear, some long sleeves in case you carch to much sun, plenty of lotion also, there's not a lot over there
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: antiseptic cream/wipes, plasters, antihystemines, aspirins, needles ( in case you need a shot-see warnings or dangers tip!)
Photo Equipment: more films (or memory cards) than you think you'll need!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: just hats, sunglasses, usual hot weather clothing really
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What you need and don't need
Luggage and bags: Bring the largest hand luggage you can and pack the heavy stuff in there on the way home. We bought so much we had to buy new hand luggage bags just to fit it all in!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Girls don't take your high heels, the roads are very uneven and there is no such thing as a pavement. I lived in flips flops for the whole forntnight. Take a pair of the cheap plastic ones for daytime as the ground is the colour of chilli powder and will ruin anything nice. Then buy the fancy ones when you get there for night time. They have hundreds everywhere you look in every colour you could want. Also don't take trousers because if they touch the floor they will be stained with the red dust. Skirts and flip flops are the best bet.
Daytime whatever you wear will end up filthy, the dust from the ground coats your skin and you clothes so take things that are easy to wash. But pack light as there is so much to buy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Wet wipes are a must, take as many as you can carry and keep some in the fridge. It gets so hot and dusty you will want to wipe your face down about 50 times a day and the result will be a very brown wet wipe when you're done.
Also take something for your stomach if you're planning on eating lots of local food and not used to the spice or the malaria tablets may upset your stomach.
Miscellaneous: Take sterling. i was advised by my travel company to take US$ which was completely wrong. You can even pay with sterling in some places and in the airport you will be bombarded for pound coins.
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Luggage and bags: Take a little bit of home , by packing your favourite supermarket/shop carrier bag. They make good wet swimming costume bags or laundry bags. Use them to wrap up your toiletries, just in case of leakages. Nothing like your favourite store carrier bag to provide you a giggle on holiday
Malaria Tablets - you can buy them there
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Malaria tablets can be bought from a pharmacy when you are in Goa for a matter of a pence/pounds, rather than 17 pound from BOOTS. If there is a couple of you going to India and you are worried about Malaria, buy one box of tablets from BOOTS, and share them between you. Take them a week before you travel. There are plenty of chemists about. There must be at least 5 in calangute, and a few in Baga and Candolim. Then when you get there, just get the local tablets. If you then plan on making a second trip back to Goa within the next year ( six month tourist visa), buy some more whilst you are there, to take for your next trip.
A few tips
Luggage and bags: Take a small rucksack for travelling around
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take very little and buy from local shops, get a tailor to make your clothes for you, it is very cheap to do this
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Chemists sell virtually everything but bring your own anti malarial pills (paludrine)
Photo Equipment: Bring your own films as the film here could be totally useless due to how it has been stored in the heat.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Buy Lungi from the beach sellers use it to sunbathe on or to wrap around you.
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Luggage and bags: Take large case with you - you will be glad of the space when you fill it with all of your bargains...handbags, wallets, bedspreads, jewellery and lots more !!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For daytime you will only need T.Shirts and Shorts, Swimwear, Sarongs. For evenings casual holidaywear
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are plenty of supermarkets selling everything that you will require ( Garnier products much cheaper than in the U.K )
Sun Tan Lotion!
Luggage and bags: A backpack should do for the traveller on the road. Especially if you intend to do a lot of moving around, its best to travel light! Take a handbag and some extra packets, because one is prone to go on a shopping binge at Goa!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light summer clothes, swimming things, raincoat is a must if you are travelling during the monsoon. Shorts and cottons, things that dry easily.Sandals and slippers for footwear. Caps, sun glasses, and umbrella if you want to save yourself the DARK tan that one is likely to get there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun tan lotion, oily emolients as the sun tends to burn your skin fairly easily. Medicines for gastroenteritis and other misc. tummy upsets that one may fall prey to, due to the sea food. Mosquito repellants...though I dont recall needing them at all.
Photo Equipment: Pack 3 rolls of films and make it a double! Goa is as colourful and vivacious as it gets, and you would want to capture every moment of it!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: One could try camping on the beach, though I am not sure how feasable it is. There are enough shacks already, you could try staying there.
Miscellaneous: Try carry a road map and ask around..people are friendly, simple, and glad to help!
Alone in the dark V - with mosquitos
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hand sanitizer tube (optional). Not all, but many of the stomach problems are avoidable easily with simple hygieny of hands before meals. Liquid hand sanitizer tube is, umm, handy to carry along. Quite easy to find from local stores; no need to pack it in advance.
Miscellaneous: Maglite and candles. Blackouts and shortages of electricity are very common, specially in the evenings, when tourists start to use lights, televisions etc. In outdoor, Maglite is very handy; inside, candles can be decorative also.
Your credit card 4-digit PIN number. It is *much* more flexible to transact with ATMs than try to find open cashier from Calangute area.
Mosquito net (optional)
Not critical gear, but might be useful, depending where you sleep. Due to very light sewering system of Goa, mosquitos are quite common in the places, where concrete meets standing water, like baths and toilets. See also my General tips.
Mosquito electric zapper (optional)
It is an alternative to mosquito net, not in effeciency but in weight, *if* your accommodation has energy supply. Quite easy to find from local stores, starting from 20 rps; no need to pack it in advance.
Luggage and bags: Travel light. a backpack would do. you don't need much stuff in goa. A beach bag is essential though. this can be bought there as well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: first things first - bathing suit, sun block, hat and a sarong. all of these you can buy there as well. Clothes - shorts, t-shirts and something for the evenings
irrespective of where you are staying, hotel, shack, room, resort - the clothes are the same - the less the better ;)!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: most of the things can be bought there. Bring along your fav sunblock though and lots of it! If you need special medication, then bring it with you.
Photo Equipment: For God's sake donot forget the camera! Film can be bought at Goa - wherever you are.
Miscellaneous: Bring along your driving license or some kind of identification. When and if you do rent a bike, you need the license.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Baby wipes are great, easy to use, handy, and just great!!! Some toilets dont have paper so take these everywhere with you. Handy also if you have a sweat on and need cooling down.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mozzy spray from boots!!! we used Odomos cream which you can buy in india which is really cheap, but we found that once we ran out of actual mozzy spray we got bit a little more!
Miscellaneous: Take a torch....we practically had a power cut a day in our hotel, and also when you are walking along at night it's a bonus if you can see where you're going!
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