5 things you need for summer travel in India

Summer is now upon us in India and its getting hotter by the day. The temperatures in most places here are going to get even hotter – sometimes the temperatures are more than 40 degree Celsius in places like Delhi. It’s not something that we like but we have to bear it.

If you are planning a trip to India in the summer then there are a few things that you must use to beat the heat in India.

Jodhpur india
Women in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) cover their head not only due to cultural reasons, they also do it because its hot. Photo by Riccardo Romano.

Pair of sunglasses

A high quality sunglass can do wonders for your trip to India. It may seem like a fashion accessory but it can protect your eyes. So whatever you do, buy a pair of decent sunglasses for your trip to India for the summer. I don’t go out without one.


The humble handkerchief is next one on the list. In the western world, people use tissues and hence don’t carry handkerchiefs like we do in India. Here, tissues don’t work as they crumble in the heat and are more or less rendered useless. The handkerchief can come to your rescue when you’re sweating. So keep them handy to wipe of the access sweat from your forehead.

Cap or hat to cover your head

cotton cap is another thing you must use while you are out in the sun. The baseball cap does wonders. It not only protects your face from the heat but also protects your scalp from the intense Indian heat. Don’t forget to bring one or simply buy one in India.


If you’re wondering why multivitamins then this might surprise you. When you are out and about in the Indian sun then you will continuously need to hydrate yourself by drinking bottled water (here’s a guide to buying drinking water in India). My doctor always advices me to take fruits to prevent dehydration. Some of the recommended vitamins include vitamin A, B6, B1 and C (water melon has them all). Grapes are very good at preventing dehydration. It has B1, B2, B6, C and K and potassium and they are not only good at preventing dehydration but also good at lowering blood sugar. Remember Indian food is oily and spicy and if you are not up to it then you will need to supplement yourself with vitamins. Now you can see the importance of taking multivitamins. (*You will need to talk to your own doctor before you can take them).


This is a must if you’re planning a trip to India in the summer. You need something to protect your skin from getting sunburn from the intense sun. You will need something that has a high Sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or 50. Apply generously when you’re venturing outside.

So whatever you do, make sure you bring those 5 times with you to India especially if you are planning visiting this summer. Here’s a list of other essential things you might need in India.

A moment in Udaipur Rajasthan
A moment in Udaipur, Rajasthan captured by Riccardo Romano

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