While we are on tour in India, we’ll experience altitudes between 2,000m and nearly 5,600m (Nepal is between 800m and 4,000m) so ensure you pack the right clothes for all weather extremes. Temperatures can be as low as 0 degrees Celsius and as high as 30 degrees and if it rains, then the temperature can drop quickly. Delhi is humid and you will sweat so make sure you have a good mixture of clothing.
WET WEATHER GEAR
Although we are mostly riding in arid regions, it can rain and when it rains you do not want to be caught without wet weather gear. A cheap, two piece motorcycle rain suit does the job if you put it over your normal riding gear. It’s small and light and easy to put in your back pack. Feel free though to kit yourself out with high quality adventure gear.
Absolutely compulsory on tour. Bring a comfortable one with you as the helmets in India are as useful as wearing an ice-cream container on your head. An adventure helmet or a quality flip-up, full face helmet are recommended as we stop often and taking your helmet off can be a hassle. It is much easier to flip the front up. You are of course welcome to ride with an open face helmet but you’ll want to bring a peak, bubble visor or goggles as added eye protection.
Quality summer gloves are the way to go. Winter gloves are useful to pack if it gets cold and they don’t take up much space.
A textile jacket with armour is probably best although a leather bike jacket will suffice. If the jacket has a removable liner then that is even better as it’ll allow you to add or remove a layer as the weather changes. Motocross armour is worn by some.
Again, armoured textile trousers with a few pockets are probably the way to go, but Kevlar riding jeans are ok as well.
Quality boots, covering the ankle, are highly recommended. If your boots have shin protection even better. This is the most important piece of your gear so don’t skimp. You’ll be in your boots more than you’ll be out of them so they should be very comfortable. We’re going to cross some rivers so you’ll want them to be waterproof.
TOILETRIES & HEALTH
- A compact travel towel is a good idea. They fold up to the size of a clenched fist and are very light.
- A packet of flushable wet-wipes. Hopefully not needed but could make your trip far more comfortable.
- 30+ Sun Block as the sun is deceptively powerful at altitude
- Lip balm
- A small bottle of hand sanitiser in your back pack could be handy.
- A toiletries bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shaving equipment, antiperspirant etc.
- For women, both travelling and altitude can play havoc with your menstrual cycle. Sanitary pads are available in the larger towns.
- Imodium – For diarrhoea relief
- Diamox – For Acute Mountain Sickness (suitable for altitudes above 2500m – 8000ft)
Some of the items below can be bought very cheaply in India, so you could chance it and buy it there but we might be on a tight schedule so it pays to be well prepared.
- A snood (tubular scarf) comes in handy for keeping dust out of the nose and the sun off your neck. Also good to keep you warm if gets cold and vice versa you can always wet it to keep you cool.
- Sunglasses with UV protection are essential. If there is snow, you’ll be blinded by the light.
- Warm and cool socks, plenty of them.
- A sleeping bag rated to -5 degrees Celsius and lightweight. (Useful for warmth and cleanliness. Keep it as small as possible)
- Thermal underwear can be useful both for adding warmth and as a sleeping layer
- Some people feel more comfortable with a kidney-belt.
- A small back pack which can carry a 1L water bottle, wet weather gear and your valuable items such as passports, wallets, phones, cameras etc. Also useful for storing your rubbish such as biscuit wrappers, empty water bottles etc.
- A wide brimmed hat is far more sensible that a baseball cap. Nothing beats a sombrero!
- Two Passport photographs.
- Torch or Head-torch so you can see your way around at night if there is a blackout.
- A world travel adapter with USB ports so you can charge a phone, cameras and power banks.