What to bring to the farm.
Sleeping bag: lightweight summer 40 degree bag, or polartech sleeping bag for colder months of Dec, Jan, Feb. A lightweight cotton liner for hotter months of March- Nov.
Pillow: Inflatable pillow work the best. You may find them on the internet, camping, and outdoor stores. The ones with chambers are more comfortable. Big Agnes is a company I would recommend, found on amazon. Also bring a pillow case for ultimate comfort.
Mosquito net & cord/rope for hanging: Needed if you are not sleeping in a tent.
Toiletries: Please only bio-degradable soaps and shampoos. For women: please bring all your feminine hygiene products from home for they can be difficult to purchase in our area
Clothes: Indian people are conservative about dress. Women are expected to dress modestly, with legs and shoulders covered not showing the shape of the body. We are striving to be sensitive to the parameters of Indian culture and to reduce sexual harassment (really you don’t want to be stared or leered at).
Women: for the farm
Trousers and Capri’s are acceptable, but shorts and short skirts will definitely result in a lot of attention from the locals.
You may wear t-shirts,but please be sure they are loose fitting and not V-neck.
Women: For the local area
For rural villages in India, and temples, most western women seem to settle on some version of the salwar kameez (the Punjabi knee length dress worn over loose pyjamas). These Basic clothes can be made and purchased locally for about $13-$30 US dollars.
Very important for temple visits, is a large scarf or shawl worn Indian style. The Indian view would be that no respectable woman would go out in public without a scarf draped over her chest.
A ‘Fabindia’ in most cities provide fair-trade and higher-end traditional garments.
Men: For the farm
Typically Men can wear shorts, or a wrap skirt. T-shirt is optional for the farm
Men: for the local area
Avoid black, dark colours, and bold patterns. White is the perfect colour for a pilgrim. Orange, reds and yellows are traditionally for sanyasins (serious spiritual seekers who have taken vows), although any serious seeker is welcome to wear them. If you wear do orange dhotis or kurta/pajamas some people will treat you as a sanyasin, a swami or a baba, they may namaskar, call out “Hari Om”, or touch your feet.
Sandles and/or sneakers flipflops. Suitable shoes for walking in the forest/ climbing the mountain.
Shoes are removed before entering the living areas on the farm.
Water filter:if your system is sensitive bring a suitable filter. Tracy recommends the Steri-pen UV light treatment.
Headlamp or flashlight
extra batteries for such
knapsack and padlock
Sunblock (although burning is not so common)
Any nutritional supplement you already take
Toilet paper (if you do not want to partake in the traditional ways)
A Thermarest or the like mattress pad (if you need more padding)
Wet weather gear (monsoon months): waterproof jacket and umbrella – June – October.
What to bring