I really enjoyed your post on what to wear sightseeing in Europe in October. I’d love to get your suggestions for my trip – 3 weeks in India in November! I will have a short stay in Mumbai, but for the most part will be based in Delhi with some overnight trips to Agra and Jaipur thrown in. We’re sightseeing and probably walking quite a lot. Packing light is key. Thoughts? I’d especially appreciate some shoe suggestions – I’m not a huge wearer of sneakers for everyday, but I think I’m going to need something really comfy for all the walking we’ll be doing.As much as I wish it was possible to pack trunks and trunks of beautiful clothes for a trip straight out of "A Passage to India" it sadly isn't. Here's a good basic wardrobe that is grounded in reality but still a little romantic:
It will be dry, and the averages that time of year for Delhi are: Average High 82° F - Average Low 55° F. My main concern is shoes – I don’t want to spend money on something I won’t wear once I get back, but at the same time, I want to make sure my feet are comfortable. So something that I can wear without socks, but that is still really comfy? I’m really a flip-flop girl all summer long, but I don’t think shoes that open are a good idea in such an unsanitary environment.
Boots - A pair of boots isn't really that easy to pack, but I think they'd be perfect for almost any city trek you have in mind. Stylish worn over or under jeans and good with skirts too. Easy to wash off. This pair is cheap enough so that you can throw them away before returning home if needed. You'll have to wear socks with these, of course.
Sneakers - In my book, you can't really beat puma for shoes that work well in urban situations and for long hikes. They're pricey but tend to last forever. No socks needed.
Ballet Flats - You can wear them with almost anything, even for a fancy night out if needed. Very easy to pack and disposable at $15.
Dress - Because it is nice to have a dress when you travel. I have this dress in green and it is comfortable and impossible to wrinkle.
Jeans - Always a travel must have.
Shirt - This would be the time to wear a bright yellow and orange color palate.
Scarf - Purchased in India.
Earrings & Bracelet - From Cost Plus, although I recommend buying your accessories over there.
Sunglasses - Aviator style.
All you really need on top of this is some more shirts, a fleece jacket and an extra pair of pants. Enjoy your adventure, McKay!