Luggage and bags: If you need help then perhaps you can get extra luggage for your flight. If you Mention the charity then depending on which airline you are flying with you might get up to 20kg extra allowance!!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you have old children's clothes that are clean and in good condition and have a spare bit of room in you case then why not bring it out and take it to Being Children.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries are always required as the children play in the streets all day long. If you want we can accompany you to a local wholesaler to buy items instead of bringing them from aboard. Toothbrush are around 15rs at the moment and small toothpaste 20rs.
Miscellaneous: If you have a little more room in your case and yoou would like to make a child happy then why not bring out (small) toys and games. The ideal ones are small as they can be given out as presents at Christmas and Birthdays. We would also prefer toys that do not require batteries as we would prefer to spend money on giving children good food rather than spending it on batteries. Some ideas... Small toy cars, early learning toys, skipping ropes, balloons, spinning tops, frizbees, balls etc
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Work Abroad
Luggage and bags: Minimum luggage
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can buy most of the clothing here if you are good at bargaining.Excellent beachwear and summerwear.Dont forget to get a cap/hat and flip flops.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of Sunscreen.
Miscellaneous: Try Captain Lobo's at Baga near Colonia Santa Maria.
It shall cost you around 1500 - 1700 rs per night.
Neat and clean and has a private access to beach.Thumbs UP.
- Water Sports
Luggage and bags: Don't bring lots of bags, as it can be a bit of a squeeze getting them into a tuk-tuk!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For Goa, you really won't need much in the way of clothes! A swimming costume, a light shirt/top and shorts and thin trousers / skirts for evening, and that's about it. You can buy cheap and pretty sarongs in Palolem, so don't bother bringing anything like that with you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get everything you need in Palolem, but it's about the same price as at home.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, and bring memory cards / film with you.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can even buy swimwear in some of the shops in Palolem, but probably best to bring it with you! You can rent bodyboards on the beach.
- Budget Travel
Miscellaneous: This tip is for UK tourists buy a double female rubber plug attach a small cable to it then bare
other end take a screwdriver with you then buy a 5 amp plug in Goa attach same now all you electrical products from home can be used
Luggage and bags: Goa is relatively safe, but in crowded "touristy" areas such as the markets - we found it useful to have deep pockets with zippers or bags that we could hold close to our bodies. We avoided rucksacks/backpacks simply because they're too easy to open & steal the contents.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good pair of sneakers/walking shoes is recommended. As soon as you venture away from the beaches and the main road, the paths are rocky & bumpy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There's a lot of confusion, conflicting reports & split opinions about whether or not Malaria tablets are necessary when travelling to Goa. It's everyone's personal decision, all I can give you is the facts & info from personal experience:
The risk of malaria in Goa is very low compared with the rest of India. It's such a low risk because you are near the coast. The general rule stands in all tropical countries: the further inland you travel (the more "jungle" there is around you), the higher your risk of catching Malaria.
So it really depends on how high-risk the area you are visiting is.
The side effects of the Malaria tablets make many people feel very ill. Apparently, the weekly tablets make you feel worse than the daily ones (but I cannot speak from personal experience as we opted for sprays & creams, and didn't take the tablets).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquitoes are of course most active at night, but dusk is the most dangerous time as they literally "swarm" when the sun sets. We sprayed ourselves with mosquito repellent every night, and most hotels provide mosquito nets if you want to sleep with the windows open
Miscellaneous: Before we went to Goa, we got our VACCINATIONS for:
> Hepatitis A
Some also advise getting immunized against Typhoid/Cholera, but this is not compulsory. You may need to declare if you have been in a known yellow fever area prior to entering India. But the actual Yellow fever vaccination certificate is not required.
The bottom line is:
Malaria is not a disease to play around with: ask or your doctor's advice, and take it. Not taking anti-malarials where they are indicated will put you at greater risk.
Fact is: Malaria is a killer and should not be taken lightly.
The symptoms of malaria can appear many months after leaving the malarious region. Any flu like symptoms, especially within the first few months after returning from the region should result in you visiting your doctor and mentioning where you have travelled too to rule out malaria.
- Adventure Travel
- Budget Travel
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are mossies in Goa and YES Malaria does occur, so consult your Doctor before you travel. But, most cases of Malaria occur just after the Monsoon...ie August/September.October...and the incidence is very low. I, like others do not bother with anti-malaria drugs...but thats our choice...and a risk we take. If you are going to take drugs...buy enough to take before you arrive...and then buy the rest of your course in Goa...as its way cheaper! As an example in May 2008 20 malaria pills cost 25 rupees!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you have an old single duvet cover take it with you and sleep inside at night, I find this is when I get bit the most . It should supply plenty of cover and not leave your skin exposed to the flying pests.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent. when choosing always look for an ingredient called DEET in the repellent.
I have just got some that contains 100% Deet from a camping shop. It is called Expedition 100ml
Photo Equipment: Make sure you have 2 pinned international plug adaptors for all your electrical charging equipment.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Long trousers for the night time.
A torch for brief power cuts between 4pm & 8pm the time everyone is back at there hotels.
Miscellaneous: Get a International Drivers Permit to support your own licence if you borrow a motor scooter in Goa. Keeps the police off your back. They are only £5.00 for 12 months.
Luggage and bags: If traveling by air, travel light as far as far as clothes go. You can get light cotten clothing (T shirts, skirts, shirts, shorts etc) in all variety in Goa itself.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotten wear mostly, swim wear.
Keep a long dress for a visit to religious sites.
Comfortable shoes n sandals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are available mostly. You may want to carry your favorite moisturiser, shampoo and sun tan lotion incase not staying very close to a city.
Do carry a mosquito repellant. I was bitten by mosquitoes and had red patches on my legs for 10 days!
Photo Equipment: An essential to carry your memories..
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: This was a family holiday and we had travelled by air so baggage was not a problem. We carried enough but not too many clothes, so we had room for a straw mat, extra towels and a beach kit for our son.
Miscellaneous: Carry hats, light full sleeves shirts, extra swim wear, books, diary, things to do for your lil ones, medicines, essential toiletries including mosquito repellant, moisturiser, shampoo n conditioner etc.
- Family Travel
- Women's Travel
Miscellaneous: Find the space in your bags for some pencils,crayons,paper or coloring books for the little ones in Goa.
You dont need to spend much only a few pounds and they take up no space or weight at all.
Believe me when you hand a some pencils,crayons etc to the little kids,on the street or outside the shack style homes they live in. There little faces light up like a million Christmas's have come at once.
If the children are lucky enough to go to school then they have to buy all these items and they dont come cheap.
Remember Goa is a third world country and there is poverty so please just give a little something to the little ones. the smile and the love they show you will be worth it. You wont forget the smiles in a long time!!!!!.
Luggage and bags: If you are thinking of buying a new suitcase there are Delsey & Samsonite Outlets in panjim and they are roughly half of UK prices!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't bring much...stuff is way cheaper in Goa!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can now buy high factor sunscreen in Goa, and its cheaper than UK prices!
Miscellaneous: Electrical adaptors are much cheaper in Goa...so buy on arrival.
A pencil or small torch can be useful for pot holes at night!
Decent ciggies are about 8 pounds for 200...so don't buy in duty free in say Manchester...as they'll cost 20 pounds plus!
Luggage and bags: A beach bag, a big one at that!! you don't need much for the beach, yourself and your swimming costume mostley, but there are lots of shops you can go visit just off the beach so you will need something to carry all your shopping back with.
Take a big case too! for all the shopping you will do. but remember to pack light on the way out.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: take swimwear, sarongs (you can buy over in goa!) vest tops, shorts. and flip flops, you will be set, pack as light as possible.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's possible to buy anything you need in goa, but for the ladies out there i would recomend bringing you own shampoo and conditior and other lady things as theyre not that great out in goa.
Photo Equipment: Pack your camera, always have it at hand, you will always see something you wernt expecting to see. and everyone back home will never believe the stories, have the photos/film to back it up.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beachwear, just general, tankini/bikini, i would not recomend a bathing suit in goa it's far to hot, it will get stuck to you, and if you need the toilet you've had it, you will never get the thing down or back up again.
Luggage and bags: A large suitcase half full on the way out so you can bring back all your goodies on your return!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Girls - You do not need heels!! I am a girly girl who loves my shoes and couldn't imagine not taking a pair of heels but you really don't need them instead lots of flip flops! And just get cheap primark ones as the orange dust will ruin them!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything out there and so much cheaper than here, obv take a few essentials for the first few days but go out shopping and get anything else you need and stuff to take home! If you are astmatic you can buy your inhalers over the counter for a couple of pounds without a perscription!
Miscellaneous: Other essentials, mosquito plug ins, a torch for power cuts and dark roads, travellers cheques
Luggage and bags: Back packs are handy and helpful
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: boots, shorts mostly casual wear. Keep in mind the warm weather if ur not going there in the indian winter
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellants, sun tan lotions and toilet rolls.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: all the camping gear u can arrange for urself
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do not bring a beach towel with you, it only adds to the weight in your case.
You can pick one up for around 200 rps (£2.30).
When you have finished with it you can leave it behind for one of the locals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Do not buy your repellant in the UK.
Trust me.....why pay £6.00 + when you can get a tube of Odomos for 58 rps (66p).
If you get a taxi from the airport just tell the driver you need a chemist or druggist and he will stop on route to your accomodation