Packing List–7 day business trip to India

Any time I am gone for more than 3-4 days I agonize over my packing list. I want to have everything I need but definitely don’t want to pack too much. That is certainly true for my recent trip to India! I left on a Saturday and got home on Friday, so I was gone a full 7 days with five work days.

I needed to have four work outfits with pants (women don’t really wear dresses to work there), casual clothes for non-work times, and two travel outfits. To be honest, I had more downtime this trip than I expected and probably could have used another t-shirt. Besides that I was pretty happy with what I packed. Everything fit in my Travelpro Crew 11 21” Spinner Carryon and Lo & Sons O.G.

Here is my packing list for a 7-day business trip to India:

Generic version:

  • 2 pairs of work pants
  • Jeans
  • 4 work shirts
  • 1 tee shirt
  • 2 pairs of work shoes
  • sneakers/travel shoes
  • 2 sets of travel clothes
  • PJs (which double as lounging clothes)
  • Undergarments
  • Jewelry
  • Toiletries, makeup, hair tools

a group of clothes and shoes

Full version:

3 pairs of pants:

  • Black pants
  • Blue pants
  • Jeans

5 shirts:

  • Sea foam shirt
  • Dot blouse
  • Black shirt with two buttons
  • Black and white blouse
  • Green tee

3 pairs of shoes:

  • Sneakers
  • Nude flats
  • Leopard flats

Travel clothes:

  • 2 pairs leggings
  • 2 Travel tunics
  • Compression socks
  • Travel cardigan

Other items:

  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Jammies
  • Undergarments
  • Toiletries
  • Makeup
  • Brush
  • Curling iron


  • Nose moisturizing spray
  • Chewable pepto
  • Antibiotic
  • Tylenol PM
  • Ibuprofen
  • DayQuil/NyQuil

Other toiletries

  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razor
  • Micellar wipes
  • Face serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye cream
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Deodorant


Comfort bag:

  • Medicine
  • Face wipes
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Nose spray
  • Disposable toothbrushes
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer
  • Chocolate
  • Bars
  • Emergen-c
  • Deodorant

Other items:

  • Passport
  • Power bank
  • Chargers
  • Pillow
  • Pashmina
  • Plug converter
  • Kindle
  • Book
  • Phone charger
  • Wallet
  • Notepad and pen
  • Earbuds

Readers, would you have added anything?


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  1. Another shirt, definitely. I have a few that can be dressed up or down, so I like to bring those on a work trip. Melatonin? Or at least Benadryl, which does a decent job of making me sleepy. I always bring allergy pills because I never know when something will trigger my pollen/mold allergies in a new environment.

  2. So funny you wrote this! I was looking on the blog for something like this for my trip to India in November. I agree on the extra t-shirt. Also–bring more tissues than you normally would, since some places don’t have toilet paper in their bathrooms. (TBH, I do the same thing in rural South America…) I’m not sure you had the same experience I did–but I also wished I would have packed a pair of light sneakers. My last day we did the Elephanta caves, and I regretted not having anything more than flats!

  3. @Sara that is a GREAT POINT. Not only because of the TP issue, but also because for some reason when I travel to India I tend to have nosebleeds out of nowhere (sorry for TMI). I was completely taken by surprise my first time there two years ago, so this time I made sure to have tissues with me at ALL TIMES. Unfortunately it came in handy 😐

  4. I am Indian. I would ditch the jeans, take more leggings for casual, an extra shawl, and maybe 1 long sleeved item that does not require layering. With leggings, tunic, and shawl you can create a good version of a salwar kameez, which can be useful for both work, as that is the Indian woman’s work uniform, and tourism. Also something with a pretty print, since this is where Indian fabrics leave everything else in the dust. I get so tired of wearing nothing but neutrals……

  5. How do you bring citamins? Will a am/pm container work, or does it have to be in original containers?

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