Yoga mat: You can buy a Yoga mat in Agonda / Palolem. It is better having your own mat because it’s more hygienic and you can use it for self-practice.
Electrical adaptor plug: The voltage in India is 230 – 240 V. European two prong plugs work fine but you will need a conversion plug if you are coming from the UK or US. Don’t get alarmed if the lights suddenly go out. Power cuts are very typical in India. However they don’t usually last a long time.
Torch: See above. Also for long midnight walks along the beach, some people prefer to take a torch – more so that they can see the little crabs darting across the wet sand, than anything else. You can also buy torches locally or from beach vendors.
Driving licence: You have to show proof of this if you want to rent a scooter, motorbike or car.
Sunscreen: Although you can buy sunscreen here, if you have a particular brand you like, bring it along. Remember the sun in India is quite strong, especially if you’re coming from the winter. It’s best to avoid the midday sun if possible or cover up with long sleeves. After a few days your skin should be accustomed to the sun and you can move around more freely.
Sunglasses: The sun is bright so don’t forget the shades.
Mosquito repellent or citronella: There are generally not that many mosquitoes on the beach but if you are particularly sensitive to bites bring along repellent and light, long sleeved clothes for the evening. You can also buy local repellent which seems to work.
Flip flops or sandals: The sand can get quite hot around midday so unless you’ve got elephant skin you might want to save going barefoot for sunset. Also for going to the local market and excursions you might find it most comfortable in open shoes. Most people here live in flip flops so you will probably only need your trainers/winter shoes for the flight. The trekkers amongst you, might want to bring walking shoes if you’re planning trips to the forest. You can buy sandals, flip flops and crocs (cheap copies) here for very little money.