What to Pack for Your Solo Trip to Goa | The Ultimate Guide

Packing is the first step toward a stress-free solo trip to Goa. And packing right becomes even more important when travelling from another country! However, this isn’t as simple as it appears. There is a lot to pack, from clothes, footwear, accessories, and skincare items to a first-aid kit, gadgets, ID proof, and other necessities.

As a result of this never-ending list, you may become confused and overlook necessary items, as I have on many of my solo trips. However, after numerous trips to Goa, I have a good idea of what to pack. 

This blog post covers the checklist, how to get started, and tips for packing the right way!

What is the best way to start packing? 

Goa welcomes tourists and visitors throughout the year. However, things to carry while travelling to Goa in December will differ from what to pack for Goa in February. So, the best way is to pack according to the time of your visit. You can read my blog post to find the best time to visit Goa for solo travel.

1. Clothes 

As an all-rounder state, Goa has beaches, major tourist attractions, and exciting nightlife. And if you’re wondering what to wear in Goa, I recommend choosing comfortable clothing that keeps the heat at bay. Below, I have listed some of the must-have clothes to look your absolute best on your Goa trip.

Tops and tees 

Pack a few cotton tees and some beachy tops. Tank tops, spaghettis, and bralettes—you have all the options! But remember, whatever clothing you pack must be light and beach-ready.


Add a few floral maxi dresses as well. You can wear them to some of Goa’s most picturesque locations. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a bodycon/LBD for dancing away the night.

Swimwear and sarongs

If you’re a beach bum like me, swimwear and sarongs will be your best friend in Goa. Can you imagine Goa without swimwear? No way, right? And the sarongs make everything look better!


Are you wondering why a scarf is on the list? It is, after all, one of the most effective ways to protect your hair and skin from the scorching heat.

Bottom wears

Shorts, pants, or skirts—pack whichever you prefer! Pair them with your tops to create the best looks for the places you visit.

2. Footwear

The right shoes can make or break a trip. So make sure you select the correct one. Flip-flops and sneakers come in handy for most of your Goa trip. 

3. ID Proof and other documents

Remember to bring copies of your ID proof and other important documents in addition to the originals. If you want to rent a car/bike and explore Goa on your own, you should bring your driving licence. Also, carry the essential documents for currency exchange in Goa to ensure a smooth transaction in the state.

4. Accessories

  • Sunglasses are a must-have in Goa. UV rays not only harm the skin but also irritate the eyes. And spending a lot of time on the coast makes it even worse!
  • A fanny pack makes travelling and shopping in Goa much easier. You can carry your essentials without having to carry a backpack!

5. Skincare essentials

When visiting a tropical location, skin care becomes even more important. You don’t want to return home with tanned and damaged skin! So carry plenty of sunscreen with SPF 40 or higher, especially a waterproof one. Also, don’t forget to carry a good lip balm to protect your lips from the salty wind.

If you intend to swim at Goa’s beaches, take a good scrubber and hydrating moisturiser, as well as some shampoos and conditioners. These things are required to keep your skin and scalp healthy.

6. Gadgets

  • Cameras: There’s no way you’re travelling to the ultimate tourist destination without a camera. It could be your phone’s default camera or a waterproof action camera like GoPro!
  • Power banks: I can’t even imagine going on a trip without it. And we know how critical it is to keep our phones charged for safety in Goa. So always make sure to pack a power bank with a good battery.

7. Carry these essentials to keep yourself safe on your travel

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  • After the pandemic, hand sanitisers, surface disinfectants, face masks, and wet tissues are some of the recently added items to travel essentials.
  • One important safety item for solo travel is pepper spray. It will assist you in protecting yourself from any physical harm.
  • Mosquito repellent is an absolute must-have in Goa. Since it is a tropical state, you may encounter mosquito bites.
  • You should always travel with a first-aid kit. This one applies not only to Goa but to any location you visit!
  • Carry sanitary napkins or tampons in case your period arrives early.

Some quick tips for user-friendly packing!

  • Make a list of everything you need for your trip to avoid forgetting anything important.
  • Nothing beats compartmentalised packing. Make different compartments for different items. This will help you keep your bag organised while travelling in Goa.
  • Pack as light as possible. Include no unnecessary or bulky items. After all, you’ll only have to boss up and carry your luggage.
  • Keep your ID proofs and other documents in the most secure part of your bag.

A quick checklist of what to pack for your Goa trip

  • Clothes

  • Footwear

  • ID proof

  • Passport

  • Sunglasses

  • Fanny pack

  • Sunscreen

  • Moisturiser

  • Camera

  • Power bank

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Pepper spray

  • Mosquito repellent

  • First-aid kit

  • Sanitary napkins

With that, we have come to the end of this blog. Now that you know what goes in your bag, when are you travelling to Goa? If you’re wondering whether Goa is open for tourism or not, read my blog post. And I hope it inspires you to pack your bags and head to Goa! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below. Happy to help! 🙂

You can look into my ultimate solo travel guide to Goa if it’s your first time in this tropical state. 


An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.

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