It is always advisable to travel with less luggage to avoid different issues. We should only have essentials in our bag but in high altitude mountains like Ladakh, we should be more careful. Below is the list of things to carry for your Ladakh trip.
- 2 X Cotts Wool set (Both upper and lower)
- 3 X Jeans
- 3 X Shirt/T-Shirt
- 2 X Warm Jacket
- 1 X Windcheater
- 2 X Joggers
- 2 X Shorts
- 5 X Underwear
- 2 X Woollen Gloves
- 2 X Hat
- 5 X Socks
- 2 X Woollen Socks
- 5 X Hankerchief
- Face Wash
- SPF 40+ Sunscreen Lotion
- Body Moisturiser
- Vaseline gel/ Boroplus / Boroline
- Shampoo pouch
Camera & Accessories
Get yourself one Digital SLR or handy point & shoot camera as per your budget, Ladakh and its surrounding places have a lot of beauties to capture. These photos will further help you to nourish your memories in the future.
- 1 X Camera
- 2 X 16 GB Memory cards
- 2 X Battery if possible (In cold climate batteries drains faster)
- 1 X Tripod & UV Filter (If you are a professional photographer)
- 2 X Phone charger (In case one malfunction)
- 1 X Power Bank minimum 10400 mAh
- 1 X Spare phone (if possible)
You should download all the maps on your phone. Google maps and Here maps both are feature-packed. In case you are riding or driving yourself, keeping offline maps downloaded in your phone is a mandate, you can use it for reference.
Foods & Water
Keep lots of ORS sachets, dry fruits, biscuits and cakes of your choice. You may carry protein bars. In every hour or so, you should take a little bit of food and water. Try to drink lots of ORS water to keep yourself hydrated.
You should buy yourself a good quality lightweight and breathable rain-wear if you are riding else keep an umbrella. Weather is quite unpredictable in the mountains.
Riding gear is very important to keep yourself protected while falling. These are the most neglected part for many but can be a lifesaver in situations. Below are the must
- Helmet with DOT/ECE certification and anti-fog visor is a must. A Dual visor helmet is recommended. Check out our Helmet Buying Guide
- Riding Jacket and pant with certified protectors and thermal liner recommended. I had a very good experience with Rynox Urban riding jacket, check out my review.
- Two riding gloves, one for regular use and the second one with waterproof & winter. Both of the gloves should have good quality protectors.
- In case you are riding try to use a Tank bag and Saddlebag makes luggage management easier. I had a Rynox Optimus M tank bag.
In case you are not ready to have riding gear or a good quality Helmet, I do recommend you to read my story, How a Helmet Saved My Life.
Note: It is advised to break-in all leather gears before the ride and get used to with Helmet, Jacket & pants in advance, else during the ride you may feel uncomfortable.
As advised earlier download offline maps for the entire trip route, J&K will have limited internet connectivity, if possible note down the routes in papers and keep 2-3 of those in a separate place. You can carry a paper map of all en-route states (Optional).
- Voter card / Passport / Aadhar Card / Driving License (Any two)
- 5 X Passport size photos
- Emergency contact noted in a paper
- If riding or driving carry below
- Driving License
- Registration Certificate of your vehicle
- Pollution Certificate
- Tax Token
- If the vehicle belongs to another person
- Consent letter from the owner.
- Identity proof of Vehicle owner (Self attested)
This posts are for both riders and non-riders, hope these make your trip successful and memorable, get Leh’ed soon.
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