Kit List

Bike Wear

Helmet
Road helmets are fine. A lightweight one with ventilation options is best. Tour-cross or open face helmets are also popular for those who like to wear goggles. There seems to be no fixed rules regarding bringing helmets on as hand luggage. You can try, but leave enough space to put it in your check in bags just in case.

Protective Clothing
We recommend that you wear the same protective clothing as you would in the UK during summer months. Textile is better than leather as the weather can be hot and humid depending on the altitude. Breathable materials are best suited to the climate. Also bring a pair of both summer and winter motorcycle gloves. A snood of some kind will prove invaluable at keeping out the dust that can sometimes be found on unsealed roads. An extra layer or two for when we hit high altitudes in both North and South India will serve you well.

Goggles or suitable sunglasses (not glass ones)
We suggest a dark pair for day use and a light pair for evening use and whatever you like for walking around in.

Day to day clothing

A couple of pairs of jeans and / or a pair of linen or cotton slacks for decent restaurants although jeans are fine

A pair of shorts

A light water and windproof jacket

Casual shirts

One nice shirt for good restaurants.

A warm jumper

Couple of long sleeved tops

T-shirts

A wooly hat, for that night on the mountain

A pair of thermals in case you get chilly

Include one warm pair of socks among your regular ones

Underwear is recommended to be cotton, and comfortable

Motorcycle boots that you can walk in, if not then bring a decent pair of trainers as well

Swimming shorts

Sandals, flip flops

Girls and ladies, as above but please bear in mind that fashion is meaningless in the Himalayas and will look a bit strange to the locals. It is best to have loose cottony tops with short or long sleeves with something warmer to go over the top ie. the above mentioned jumper for that night around the campfire and any other chilly evenings. For the last couple of nights in Delhi one nice outfit incorporating a long skirt, jeans, or cotton/linen trousers are fine. See through garments, low cut or off the shoulder are generally considered a bit too revealing in India.

We suggest you bring your own sanitary wear as although available in India the options are not as varied as back home.

Leave yourself a couple of kilos in your luggage allowance for things to buy, there are lots of lovely things in India.

If you can find small canisters to pour your shampoos, unguents and crèmes, then you need not take up all your 20kg baggage allowance with bulky and unnecessary bottles and tubes.

My girlfriend recommends a nailbrush!

Accessories

Water
A small water camel pack may be useful although personally I bungee a water bottle to the bike, it’s not Paris Dakar and we provide water so no need to go overboard.

Bungees
A few bungees or cargo nets are always useful. Your main luggage will be following in the truck though, so you wont need many.

Daybag
Some kind of daybag ie. a small backpack for wandering around with water, camera, money, and gadgets etc.

Penknife
This is an ideal opportunity to take that mega penknife your auntie got you but remember to put it in your luggage or it will be confiscated by customs.

Torch
A Head torch is best. Try the Petzl Zipka Plus. Also incredibly useful is a small keyring torch.

Liquor
A bottle of something nice to warm our... sorry I mean your...blood on cold evenings.

Earplugs and eyemask

Sarong
No need for towels but we highly recommend a sarong which can serve as such being lighter and quicker drying just in case we take a river dip on a hot day.

Silk inner sleeping bag liner

Camera/film/memory cards
If you have a decent camera, don’t be afraid to bring it. Be sure to stock up on film if you use an SLR, or get hold of a few good-sized memory cards for your digital camera. If you like to take photographs, you will be spoilt for choice, and will be kicking yourself if you run out of space.

Mobile phones and chargers.
Bring a spare unlocked phone for local use in India.

Small Padlock

Some kind of alarm clock

Travel adaptor
Ones for France will work OK, although the slightly thicker pinned ones are best.

Money Belt

High factor sunscreen

Lip balm

Small binoculars or monocular

Toiletries

Universal sink plug

Shampoo
Pour you shampoos crèmes into bottles and tubes, and so leave yourselves more room for shopping!

Basic First Aid kit
This should at least contain. A bandage, safety pin , plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, antihistamine cream and tablets (Benadryl is better than Piriton). A few Sachets of rehydration/electrolyte salts.

Water
A small water camel pack would be useful although personally I bungee a water bottle to the bike. Its not Paris / Dakar and we provide water for on the road so no need to go overboard with huge water packs.

Mosquito repellent
Look online, there are a good selection of “natural” formulas, and there is also a good version cheaply available in India so one bottle should do.

Swimming costume
Girls, an all in one please

Important Items

Money
The best way to get money is through cash machines so bring a card or two and please remember to notify your bank by phone of where you are going before you leave so that they don’t block it.

Cash
Please bring £200 in cash for emergencies and another £20 to change at the airport when you arrive until we get to a cash machine.

Passport with Visa

4 Passport Photos for permits

Travel Insurance document with contact numbers

Driving Licence and International Driving Licence endorsed for motorcycles. CBT alone is not acceptable

Air Tickets

Prescription Medication

Mobile phones and chargers.
Bring a spare unlocked phone for local use in India.

A spare pair of glasses and your prescription

In India a good sense of humour is essential!

 

M.Taylor
Roof Of The World - March 2019
Highly recommend this trip, its the most amazing experience.

Roger Turner
Bhutan Tour - November 2018
Just to say thank you to you all for your fun and cheerful company on what was an amazing and unforgettable trip.

Paul Hanson: Roof Of The World - August 2018

It's been about 6 years since I did this and it's still one of the best things that I've ever done.

Tom B. Little Tibet Tour - October 2018

Certainly, the highlight of my year was our Himalayan adventure! Still working on a return to India....Leh and Nubra Valley need to be ridden! (2020?)

Ben Williamson January 2018

What a trip we had though, I miss it everyday. Was the best trip I have ever been on.

Susan J. December 2017

Big big thanks Andy & LiveIndia for another amazing wonderful experience in India.

Chris Edmunds
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thank you, Andy, thank you India, t’was another amazing trip. I’m truly grateful for everything - it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new! Love to you all.

Ciaran Gannon.
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thanks Andy, another awesome Indian adventure.

Philip Deacon July 2017

I'm struggling to decide which was my favourite place and moment. There isn't a day that goes by without us reflecting on where we have been and what we have seen.

R. Hine
Malabar Coast Kerala - Jan 2017

Thanks for pictures...was indeed a fantastic trip and thank you for making it a great experience...Hopefully we will meet again.

Peter Daniels
Roof Of The World - March 2017

I keep getting wonderful flash back images of our trip and that unique countryside

Peter Laws 
Rajasthan - October 2016

Thanks from Will and I for a fantastic trip. I can only endorse Roger’s comments below: It really was a very special time.

Ciaran G. October 2016

You did everything you could to ensure an amazing experience, always with the safety of the group in mind. The team of people you have built there, to cover all aspects of the tour, is superb. Awesome job!

Roger T.
Rajasthan - October 2016

Most of all it was lovely to share the experience with such good company. Many thanks for all your hard work which succeeded in making it such a success.

Michelle R.
Roof Of The World - July 2016

I have been on a lot of motorcycle tours in my life but I just wanted to tell you that this was the best one I have ever been on.

Valerie F.
Goa & Beyond - January 2015

India was never on my bucket list. And now I want to go back and see it all.

Nick A.
Little Tibet - November 2014

We often talk about our Indian adventure and have nothing but fond memories of the trip.

John Fisher
Himalayas Tour - October 2014

What a great time was had by all, I hope. A great adventure. Thank you all for making my birthday special.

Dick & Ruth B.
Himalayas Tour - April 2014

We still have to pinch ourselves when we think back to what really was a trip of a life time. Would we do it again – Yes.

David Armand
Goa & Beyond - January 2014

Thanks again for encouraging me to do this and taking care of a newbie. Was brilliant!

Jon Mitchell - Himalayas Tour - April 2013

Hi Andy, can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my trip, it has help me appreciate the life and challenges of the beautiful people of India, and hope to join you for your Bhutan trip in 2014.
Again many thanks for a life altering experience, something that I will never forget, and I think you may get a few interests from Aussie, on my recommendation.

Paul Kemp
Roof Of The World - August 2012

Dear Andrew,
I can’t thank you and all the boys enough for the great adventure
and the friendships formed during the trek was magic.