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When I was packing for my Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, I failed to find a single packing list on the internet. And unsurprisingly, once I got to India I realized that I had packed poorly: I brought one pair of athletic shorts, one maxi skirt and absolutely no snacks. I also didn’t consider that the near-vegan diet would leave me in dire need of iron pills.

So please allow me to humbly remedy the internets and share what you should pack for a teacher training in Rishikesh, India.

Don’t have time to read the whole post? Here’s what you should pack!

Packing for a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

As an aside, you will inevitably buy hippie pants in India, regardless if you do yoga. Accept it.

1. Your own mat + yoga towel

The shoddy mat I used for a month that I bought in Rishikesh

When you’re doing four sweaty hours of yoga a day, you might as well do it on a clean, cushy yoga mat. My yoga school provided thin, ratty mats so I purchased my own.

If I could do it over again, I’d bring my own mat as well as a yoga towel to prevent slipping. Personally, I love the Jade Harmony mat and YogaRat mat-length towel.

2. Iron supplements

Despite eating a vegetarian diet rich in spinach and lentils, I still wasn’t getting enough protein or iron at Yoga Teacher Training. A daily dose of iron would have been a godsend, though I imagine a multivitamin would have done nicely as well.

If your yoga school has a vegetarian menu, definitely bring iron tablets and a multivitamin.

3. Snacks

My parents sent this box of snacks all the way to India. Thanks mom and dad!

During my Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, I woke up at 6 a.m. every day but breakfast wasn’t until 10:30 a.m. I don’t know about y’all, but I struggle with waiting so long to eat. Pack non-perishable snacks like Larabars, almonds or peanut butter that are high in protein and calories and will give you a boost.

A little parental shoutout- during my training my parents sent a box full of Larabars, almonds and other essentials all the way from the states. I seriously don’t know how I would’ve gotten through teacher training or my 10-day Himalayan hike without those Lara Bars!

4. Pepto Bismal and Imodium

The eggs and crêpe that launched 24 hours of misery

Ever heard of Delhi Belly? Well, it’s a thing. Chances are you will get food poisoning in India and it’s better to come prepared.

I took Pepto Bismal tablets when I had an upset stomach and Imodium when I had diarrhea- let’s just say both were essential.

5. Shorts and sleeveless athletic tops

This is very Captain Obvious of me, but India is hot, especially during the rainy season. Pack shorts rather than full-length yoga pants, as well as lots of breathable athletic tops. (Even thinking about doing vinyasa in 110-degree heat wearing full-length Zellas gives me heatstroke.)

I personally love Gap’s athletic line because it’s attractive, sleek and often on sale.

6. Eyedrops

The air pollution in India is bad so your eyes may suffer from dryness– mine certainly did. I found even reading in bed irritated my eyes quite considerably! So pack eyedrops and you’ll be good to go.

7. Face wipes

Again, the air pollution in India is really bad, so I used face wipes throughout the day to clear my face of grime and sweat. Trust me, you’ll be so happy to have them.

8. A multi-subject notebook and pens

In India, I took seven classes a day: hatha, mantra, anatomy, yoga philosophy, therapy, vinyasa and meditation. While I used a single Moleskine for all of them, it would’ve been smarter to use a notebook section per class in order to easily go back and review.

9. Maxi skirts and dresses

My India travel uniform. Plus I got the skirt at Primark for only £10!

In India, women often expose their midriffs but never expose their legs. So ladies, bring a few maxi skirts and dresses for exploring the streets- they’re cute, comfortable and colorful, and you won’t get unwanted attention. (Okay, you still will. But it’s not as bad.)

For more info on what to wear in India (and India travel in general!) check out Hippie in Heels– I especially loved her Do’s and Don’ts of How to Dress in India.

10. Headlamp


When the power was out (which was 10+ times a day) we would hang the headlamp from the showerhead in order to shower. #OnlyInIndia

I have to say I was very glad I packed my headlamp!

11. Doorstop

We used it at night for safety. That way if someone tried to break in the room, there would be some protection.

12. Antitheft crossbody bag

I used this antitheft crossbody bag while in India and it served me well. It has plenty of space, is super secure, and looks cute.

13. Flip flops

You do not want to be barefoot in Rishikesh!

Have you done a Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh? What did you forget to bring?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.
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