I have been traveling a lot lately, making up for most of the last few years as I hardly got to travel at all during that time. It has been such a great rollercoaster ride!
From budget travel to the hills to supreme luxury in Rajasthan, from traveling long distances in buses and cars to flying at a minute’s notice. I have loved every bit of it and I can safely say that it has changed me in many ways.
Apart from becoming a far more open person, I have also become more patient under unpredictable circumstances. Maybe I can dwell and write a separate article on this, but right now what I want to share are the must-haves I carry while traveling –
1) Home-made trail mix (or a good quality packed one)
I always carry a mix of almonds, raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and basically whatever nuts and seeds are available at home in a small box. And this is also true for times when you know you’ll be out for the whole day – be it for meetings, shopping or chores.
2) Toilet roll and wet wipes
These are a must-have especially if I’m traveling by bus or train. I have been lucky to find clean washrooms equipped with toilet rolls on my way to Jageshwar and McLeodganj. But you can’t count on your luck when it comes to this, so always be prepared!
Especially important when on the beach and hills. I always remember to carry it but more often than not, I forget to apply it. Take care to always keep this mind.
I always carry my own dental kit rather than asking for it from the hotel desk. I know it feels strange that I mention it here but toothbrush and toothpaste are apparently the most forgotten items.
5) Mosquito repellents
I like to be outdoors for the most part and the last thing I would want is being bitten my mosquitoes during or post my travel. Goodknight Fabric Roll-On is an essential I always carry along to protect myself from mosquito bites. It’s handy, portable and 100% natural. The best part is that it is to be applied on clothes – Just 4 dots & one can stay protected for up to 8 hours.
6) Quick dry towel
This is for the road trips and budget stays. I bought one from Decathlon last year and it has been very handy.
7) Running gear
Always have your running shoes, tights and a top and jacket on you because you don’t know when the urge to run or work out might strike!
Having said that, these essentials are practically in my bag or car all the time whether I’m traveling or not. Any must-haves you’d like to share? Let me know what’s in your bag in the comments below!