Packing for this trip was a bit of a challenge for a few reasons. First, the weather: there was rain and 90-degree sun in the forecast plus the temperature would dip 20-degrees or so at night so layering was key. Second, India is a very conservative country and women are expected to dress modestly, covering shoulders, legs, and sometimes heads indoors and out. Third, we were going to be doing a lot of walking and, inevitably, sweating, so I wanted versatile, functional pieces that could be washed easily between wears. I also wanted to have some decent options for nicer dinners at our hotels and of course, the long journey there and back. I had a few repeat outfits, but I actually wore everything I packed which was a first!
tanks for layering: 1 black, 1 teal, 3 white
t-shirts: 1 black, 1 white, 1 grey dressy tanks: 1 black, 1 lace
1 chambray shirt 1 black cardigan 1 cotton sweater
pants: 1 linen, 1 dressier, 1 printed cotton
1 maxi skirt, printed 1 maxi dress
2 leggings, grey, black
I had planned on bringing a third pair of shoes but ditched them at the last minute to leave more room for souvenirs and I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't need them. Both of these shoes were great for walking, decent-looking enough to wear into restaurants and shops, and were easy to rinse off because streets in India aren't exactly the cleanest of places.
Honestly, I thought I would have done more clothes-shopping while I was there, since you know, everything is supposedly made there, but other than a few new tops and some scarves, I pretty much relied on the things I brought with me. In the end, the only thing I would have added was another pair of linen/cotton pants and some tunics. I had hoped I would be parading around India a la Dame Judy Dench by day three or four but there's always next time.