Leh-Ladakh is not like any other place. It is very different and so we need to know and understand what all things we need to carry with us while travelling to Leh-Ladakh. It is a cold desert and when I say cold desert, that means, be ready to encounter dust. And roads are not too good and some places have no roads at all. Also, it is at high altitude and oxygen level is only 25%. So one needs to understand what to carry in such places. In this article, I will mention each and everything needed for Leh-Ladakh.

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  1. 2 copies of E-tickets, travel itinerary and a travel map for personal assistance.
  2. Carry a {en and a small diary to jot down an address or a contact number or a brilliant idea that the journey might give you.
  3. Bag locks (2 or more).
  4. 1 Torchlight – for the offbeat places like Pangong where electricity supply is not available mostly after 10pm.
  5. Hand Sanitizer + Hand Towel + Handkerchiefs + Towel.
  6. Multi plug – very useful in such remote areas with limited power points. Carry the multi-plugs that are used in India (2 pins/not grounded/2.5 A/voltage between 220-240 V) or (3 pins/ grounded/ 5 A/ voltage within 220-240 V)
  7. Plastic zip lock bags/ plastic bags for used clothes.
  8. Safety pins.
  9. Couple of novels might enlighten the reader in you at such amazing places where you would camp.
  10. A pair of slippers at the end of the day would make it very relaxing.
  11. Few pair of socks (couple of woolen socks as well) + gaiters + woolen hand gloves + woolen cap or a beanie.
  12. A pair of thermals + couple of jackets or a Fleece Jacket. A windcheater/ raincoat might prove very useful on certain dates.
  13. Identity proof (Driving License, PAN Card, Election Card, Any One). Foreigners are requested to bring Original Passport with a valid India Visa stamped on it.
  14. Charger (for mobile, camera and other gadgets, if any), Power Bank for your mobile.
  15. It is advised to label your luggage so that it can be easily identified at all places.
  16. A small handbag to carry snacks, camera, water bottle, ongoing medicine and other requirements during travelling. The ideal size of handbag is 25 cm (height), 55 cm (length), 35 cm (width).
  17. Ear phones/ Head phones
  18. Ear plugs to avoid nuisance in flight.
  19. Eye Cover- if you can only sleep in dark.
  20. Floss for dental care
  21. A Watch
  22. It is advisable to carry adequate amount of cash due to less services at offbeat areas.


Chocolates, candies, dry fruits, chewing gums, mouth freshener, water bottle, chips.


  1. Carry your camera along with its bag.
  2. Charger and the cable.
  3. Supplementary Lens.
  4. Battery.
  5. Camera Cleaning Kit.
  6. Tripod and filters if you are a professional photographer on this tour for photography.
  7. Extra camera battery, extra memory card and a remote release.


  1. Tooth brush/paste.
  2. Hand wash or toilet soap/ Sanitizer.
  3. A small shampoo bottle or few shampoo sachets (as per your schedule).
  4. Tissue papers.
  5. Face wash
  6. Hair oil
  7. Deodorants
  8. Moisturising Cream/ Cold Cream
  9. Sunscreen, Sun goggles, Sun Cap
  10. Lip Balm
  11. Body Talc
  12. Comb
  13. Small Mirror
  14. Feminine Hygiene (tampons or pads, if necessary)
  15. Shaving Kit (for men)


1. Diamox tablets for altitude sickness/ acclimatization issues (Consult your physician for the same)
2. At least 5 ORS or ORS –L Tetra packs
3. Spray for pain relief
4. Antiseptic cream like betadine
5. Antiseptic solution like dettol or savlon
6. Painkiller tablets like combiflaim or flexon
7. Crocin or paracetamol for mild fever
8. Avomine for prevention from motion sickness and vomiting
9. Digene / Eno for relief from indigestion or acidity or gastric issues
10. Vicks Action 500 for cold issues
11. Pudin Hara for stomach pains
12. Crepe bandage, in case of fracture
13. Cotton and dressing bandage
14. A pair of scissors
15. Eye tone
16. Nasivion for blocked nose
17. Insect Repellent
18. Ongoing regular medicines (if any)


  1. Inhaling Camphor had been the age old remedy for altitude sickness.
  2. Excess of Water intake is one of the best remedies to overcome AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness).
  3. The best way to interact with the people of Ladakh is to greet them by saying “Jullay”. It means Hello/ Thank you/ Bye.
  4. ATM card machine of Axis, ICICI, HDFC,SBI, J&K and PNB are available outside respective banks in the Leh market.
  5. Help to maintain the fragile ecology and beauty of the place by bringing back personal garbage like pack lunch boxes, wafers, and mineral water bottles etc to your guesthouse, where it can be disposed in a dustbin.
  6. Only Postpaid cellular networks work in J&K (Jammu & Kashmir). Telephone & post facilities are available in Leh, Kargil, Srinagar and Nubra valley. Internet cafes are available in Leh, Kargil & Srinagar only.
  7. Always put your shoes off before entering a monastery.
  8. Take permission from the monks before taking photos inside the monasteries.
  9. Avoid offerings sweets / tips etc to local children.
  10. Try out Butter Tea, Kashmiri Kaava, Leh berry juice and Apricot Juice in the nearby restaurants in the Leh Market.
  11. Always wear your smile, you will win many friends.

Don’t be afraid of the above checklist. It is only a reminder that you will be visiting a remote area and you need to keep the above check-list in mind. So that your travel will be smooth. Also, buy a neck support pillow for your Journey.

Important Note: Leh-Ladakh is a remote area and public convenience is not available easily. The washrooms are available only at halt areas and those are not proper ones. Please be prepared for that. Rest all is good.

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