Packing and Baggage
- Voltage in Goa is 220 - 240 Volts AC, 50 Hertz, so remember to pack an adapter for all your electrical appliances.
- Goa is located on the Konkan Coast with many sunny days and extensive sandy beaches and high humidity; so always dress for the tropics.
- Cotton clothes are the best option during the warm and sunny days from mid-February to May.
- Woollen clothes are rarely needed, and even if you do feel the cold, all you need is a light jacket or sweater. The windy and chilly season is from early December to late January, sometimes extending to mid-February.
- Never leave baggage and items unattended.
Eating and Drinking
- Do not accept sweets, drinks and other consumable items from strangers. It may be used to induce a deep sleep and steal your belongings.
- Be careful with what you eat and drink. Always ask for bottled mineral water. Check out the smaller restaurants if you’re seeking authentic Goan cuisine. Fresh seafood is the safest and most delicious cuisine to enjoy.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often.
- Use insect repellents and mosquito nets whenever possible and wear suitable clothes to avoid insect bites.
- Avoid accepting any sexual services offered, as no assurance is available for the cleanliness or health conditions of the people offering such services.
- If you need to visit a hospital, always insist on sterilised or disposable syringes, and make sure any blood transfusion is done after ample testing to prove the blood is not infected with a disease.
- Public Pay Toilets are available in most reputable places and these should be used when needed. Refrain from using the free public toilets.
- Deposit garbage in the nearest waste bin available.
- Make sure you have a good bath at the end of the day. Feet should be appropriately covered to avoid infections.
- See Health & Safety section for additional tips.