Packing for a trip back home to India? A check list that keeps growing, but this is a good start:
- Valid Passports: duh, no brainier!
- Valid visa or visa application: For those with non-Indian passports.
- Shopping for the airline tickets: If you have flexible dates, you can find some really good bargains online. Start early, at least 4 weeks in advance.
- Luggage/suitcases: H+L+W=61 inches and 50 lbs maximum; who would have thought!
- Clothing, the shopping: Don’t go crazy, save some space in your suitcases to bring back all the bargain buys… and the gifts.
- Fitting/sizing suits: Planing to attend some formal gathering or a wedding? Try on those old suits. Body shape changes over the years and that belly too!
- Malaria pills: Get these pills if you are going during mosquito season.
- Typhoid vaccine: Ask your doctor if you need one; no harm in being extra careful, especially for kids.
- Shopping for gifts: There is no end; keep it to reasonable list, it is hard to please everybody.
- Voltage converter: Need for your 110V American electronics.
- Phone list of important/emergency contacts
- Camera/Camcorder: How else are you going to make your FB friends jealous?
- Currency/funds: If needed, check the limits of maximum cash you can take.
- Pay up-coming/due bills if going for a long duration
- Stop/hold mail delivery
- Don’t forget your favorite casual shoes; be prepared to lots of walking
- Weigh the suitcases: If they feel heavy, they probably are.
- Arrange ground/road transit from Indian airport to the final destination
- Double check passports/ids: You cannot fly without those.
- Anxiety/excitement? That’s good!
The list generally grow as the departure date approaches. What am I missing?
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