Are you looking for a comprehensive list of things to pack for Spiti as a first time traveler ?
Don’t worry I’ve got a super handy list of things to carry for Spiti based on my trips to Spiti.
31 Super Important Things to Pack For Spiti
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Clothes To Pack For Spiti
|Trousers, trek pants, Woolen Pants (Winters),
Dresses, Tops, Indian Wear ( For Women)
Warm Clothes to Pack for Spiti
|Good winter Jacket
Thermals, Fleece layer, Hoodies, Light Sweater
Woolen Socks, Woolen Cap, Woolen Gloves,
Shoes to pack for Spiti
|Flip-Flops, Sandals (For moving at the property)
Normal Shoes, Sportshoes, Sneakers (For normal sightseeing)
Good Waterproof hiking shoes (For hiking and trekking)
Toiletries to pack for Spiti
|Sanitizer, Soap, Bodywash, Shampoo, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Menstrual hygiene products
Essentials to pack for Spiti
|Government issued ID card, Cash, Water bottle, Day Pack, Power Bank, Camera, Poncho, Umbrella
Medicines to pack for Spiti
|Over the counter medicines for common ailments like Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Cetirizine etc,
Medications specific to you.
Basic First Aid Kit, AMS Medications
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Clothes to Pack for Spiti Trip
Trousers/Trek Pants/Baggy Pants/ Woolen Pants
Trousers, trek pants, baggy pants, woolen pants can be quite comfortable as they are very breathable.
Please avoid jeans and denims. They are not very comfortable to move around.
2-3 such trousers, trek pants woolen pants etc should suffice.
Tshirts/ Shirts/ Tops/ Indian Wear
Women can wear T shirts or shirts or tops as per their choice and comfort.
Men can wear Tshirt or Shirt based on their liking and comfort.
For women, dresses might not be a good idea due to harsh sunlight and brutal cold
Women can also choose from Indian wear like Saree.
Warm Clothes to Pack For Spiti Trip
Thermal inners become your first layer of protection from cold.
You might not need them from June to August, but you should still carry them, weather in Spiti can plummet any time.
You would absolutely need thermals for Autumn, Spring and winters.
Fleece layer/ Sweatshirt/ Sweater/Hoodie
Fleece, sweater, hoodie is another warm layering that will protect you from cold.
Make sure to pack at least one layer on your Spiti trip or more depending on the season you are visiting.
For instance in winter you might need to carry at least 3-4 layers to survive brutal cold weather
A good winter jacket which can sustain negative temperature is mandatory to have on your trip to Spiti.
The nights and mornings are cold even in the summer.
You may or may not require additional layers depending on the season and the place you are visiting in Spiti.
Woolen socks/Gloves/ Woolen Cap
Hands, feet, ears, and face are the most exposed parts of our body.
Therefore, carrying woolen socks, gloves, and a cap becomes quite essential.
Carry them even in short Spitian summers as overcast conditions can result in sudden temperature.
Footwear To Carry For Spiti Trip
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Sandals and Flips Flops can come handy when you are inside the property where you are staying.
They are not advisable for the outdoors like hiking or trekking.
Casual Shoes/ Sports Shoes
Casual shoes/ Sports shoes are perfect for sightseeing, day exploration and short hikes.
They might not be really suitable for multi-day treks.
I personally use quechua shoes, those aren’t exactly hiking shoe, but they have a great grip. Perfect for short hikes.
If you are looking to hike for multiple days on difficult terrain, then carrying trekking shoes makes sense, otherwise normal shoes work just fine.
Essential Items To Carry On Spiti Trip
Due to the advent of UPI and online payments applications, people hardly carry any cash these days.
But owing to poor internet connectivity in Spiti in the Upper villages, carrying cash is essential.
Even though there are ATM’s in Kaza, they do run out of cash occasionally.
Government ID Card
Carrying a government is mandatory these days.
Every hotel, hostel, homestay usually check for a valid Government ID as a proof.
Therefore, ensure you carry any one of them like an Aadhar card, Driving License or Passport.
Electricity can be quite erratic in Spiti owing to the remoteness and altitude of the region.
Especially during the winters and spring when there are snow spells.
So ensure you carry a decent power bank so as to charge your devices in case of long disruption in power supply.
Day comes in handy when going for exploration of pretty places and villages in Spiti valley.
You can carry packed food, water bottle, power bank and other essentials while outdoors.
Water bottle is again an absolute must when on a trip to Spiti.
Instead of buying bottled water you can always refill your own bottle as and when you need it.
Sunny weather prevails throughout the year in Spiti. Plus the sunlight is also quite harsh in Spiti.
Sunglasses come in handy during winters when the entire landscape is white and help to prevent snow blindness.
Toiletries to Carry For Spiti trip
Hand Sanitizers/ Body wash/ Soaps/facewash/Shampoo
Ensure that you carry sanitizers, body wash, face wash as per choice to Spiti
The budget stays do not usually provide the above mentioned items.
Tooth Paste/Tooth brush
Again quite obvious things you must carry on a trip to Spiti or to any trip for that matter.
Due to the extremely cold climate and harsh sunlight carrying moisturizers and sunscreen is advisable.
Medicines To Carry For for A Trip To Spiti
Here is detailed list of medicines to carry on a trip to h
First Aid Kit
Basic first aid kit items like Antiseptic cream, Antiseptic liquid, bandages for dressing etc will come in handy in case of small wounds.
Medicines for common Ailments
You can carry paracetamol and ibuprofen in case of Fever, Headache, Body Ache.
Dolo 650 is one such Indian over the counter medicine.
For allergies you can take Citrizine which is an anti-histamine again and over the counter medicine.
Avomine can be taken in case of motion sickness.
Medicines for AMS
Diamox is usually taken to prevent AMS while Dexamethasone is taken when AMS has hit you.
But again, please consult your doctor before taking any of these medicines.
Also the best way to prevent AMS is acclimatization. By the way, here is all you need to know on how to tackle AMS in Spiti.
Your personal medicines for Ailments specific to you
Please make sure that you carry medicines for ailments specific to avoid any medical emergency.
You might fail to find certain medicines in Spiti owing to the remoteness of the region.
To conclude, I hope that this super useful list of things to pack for Spiti will help you to have a hassle free trip and enjoy middle land to the fullest.
In case you have any queries regarding the things to carry for Spiti trip, Please let me know in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help.