Below you will see information explaining what you need to do to prepare for the trip.
Our ground logistics in India are coordinated by Ranjit Vig of CAAIR TRAVELS.
- Travel Documentation
- Air India
- Food/Water Precautions
- What to Wear
- Packing List
- Travel Insurance
Will be announced shortly.
To travel to India you will need a valid passport and a visa. Check the expiration date of your passport, it cannot be expiring within 6 months of your travels. Email a copy of the first page of your passport to email@example.com. Make two colored copies to bring with you on the trip.
To obtain your visa, log onto www.travisa.com or indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com and the site will walk you through the steps. Below you will the instructions in case you want to get prepared before you log onto the site.
If you are 14-18 years old and are traveling without your parent or legal guardian, there is one form required from your parents that includes a notarized letter to leave the country and a medical release.
We will be flying on American / United / Delta from the US to India. Flight details will be shared once you are selected for the trip.
If you have food restrictions they should be addressed when purchasing the flight/airfare.
You will need immunizations to travel to India. Make your appointment at least 6 weeks in advance. Typhoid is definitely one of the immunizations you will need and most travel clinics offer either oral or injection.
Make sure you are aware of all allergies and carry all medication necessary. Either document them on your medical release form, carry a paper list, wear your bracelet, carry an Epi pen if you have one, etc.
Drink BOTTLED WATER ONLY! No exceptions. Make sure you are breaking the seal on the bottle as well, some vendors will refill bottles and sell them. Brush your teeth with bottled water. When showering, try not to get water in your mouth.
Only eat the food at the hotel, only food that has been cooked. Be careful of yogurts, salads, any fruits that don’t have a peel, in fact stay away from all those items. Do NOT eat any food from venders on the street.
Do not wear any shorts/skirts too short, just above the knee is about as short as you can go. You need to wear shirts that cover the shoulders. Bring lightweight clothes so you will be comfortable in the heat. You will be walking a lot so bring comfortable walking shoes.
Wear anything comfortable.
- Bathing suit
- Suntan lotion
- Hand sanitizer
- Comfortable, casual clothes (note: we can launder at the hotels)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- One light jacket or sweater (nights can be cooler)
- Snacks — granola bars, pretzels, dry goods that travel well
- Gatorade packets
- 1 large bag of candy to hand out (ie: lollipops)
- Power converter
- Extra memory card(s) for your camera
- Extra camera battery charger
- Spending money, $200 – $300*
- Medications with a list from your parents that includes the amounts and frequency
- Cipro (antibiotic) in case you get sick
- Motion sickness pills
- 1 extra passport photo (note: can use one of the 2 extra you have taken for your Visa)
- 2 colored copies of your passport
*You may want to convert half of your spending money into rupees before we leave. We can do the conversion in the departure airport. If you need more money converted, we can do so in India. A credit card can be used but you will be charged an international fee for every transaction. However, there are few credit cards that do not charge any transaction fee and you may check one with your bank.
We will try to call when we arrive. We will be 11 hours ahead. We will have one international cell phone with us and the number will be left with you for emergencies.
You are encouraged to check your plan for international cell phone coverage. There are international calling plans and disposable cell phones available for purchase when we land in India.
We will be posting on Facebook throughout our trip, as internet access allows. Like CLIC Abroad on Facebook to follow our travels.
Several of us will be tweeting throughout our trip, as internet access allows. Follow #CLICabroad on Twitter to catch our tweets.
- MOST meals at the hotels
- All transportation
- More details to come as trip details are finalized
You may want to consider purchasing travel insurance in case something comes up and you can’t make the trip or if you get sick overseas you’ll be covered for hospital costs, etc.
The weather in India varies only a little in the regions we’ll be visiting.