The First-Time Backpacking Advice !

First Time Backpacking

Before we set off to travel the world, we had no idea what to expect. And when I say no idea, I mean absolutely zero, null.
There is no doubt that the trip will be going to change your life. You’ll see things you never thought you would, meet amazing people, learn more about yourself than you ever imagined and, honestly, experience things you’ll never, ever forget. But, before you set off, there are a few things you need to know. Packing your life into a bag to travel the world for the first time can be very daunting. However, when it comes to travel, a little advice goes a long way (literally).

You’ll have hundreds of questions, irrational fears, and some pretty rational ones too, but once you return they’ll all seem so trivial.

So, to help you prepare appropriately, Here are my Top Tips on what you absolutely MUST know as a first-time backpacker.

1. Don’t over-pack

dont over pack your suitcase
As a first-time backpacker, there is going to be soooo much stuff that you take with you that you don’t need. Of course, your packing list is obviously a very personal choice but simply suggesting you pack essential things to enjoy your long-haul flights and trips. The best advice is to pack as little as possible; everything else can be picked up along the way.

2. Earplugs are a good investment

use earplugs
Pack earplugs, and be prepared to use them. It may sound entertaining now, but when you’re sleep deprived, hungover or exhausted, those Discovery Channel mating calls are going to send you into a rage. Also, snoring. Lots of loud snoring. Get earplugs.

3. Take your time

Take your time
I do not recommend trying to see 20 countries on a 2-month trip. If you’re serious about having a great back-packing adventure, be sure to take your time. Spend a good amount of time in each place. Take it slow. Savor it. Enjoy it. Relish in the freedom.

4. Insurance is absolutely essential

travel insurance
Don’t even think about doing this without travel insurance. Chances are you’re going to need it at some point, especially as a backpacker. You’ll be staying in hostels, sleeping on airport floors and living out of a bag. It’s absolutely essential that you get backpacker insurance.

5. It’s okay to get lost

dont get lost
There are good people everywhere. Get yourself into a spot of bother pretty much anywhere in the world and if you’re polite and respectful, there will be some good soul willing to help you out.

6. Not everything is online


There are still amazing places that don’t have a presence online. Smart backpackers learn not to limit themselves to the restaurants, hotels and restaurants they’ve seen getting good reviews on the web, as often it’s personal recommendations that lead to the best experiences.

7. Cheap doesn’t feel cheap for long

buy quality products
Your idea of money and its value totally changes when you’re on your first trip. Have a look on quality over quantity and get genuine products for yourself and loved ones.

8. Learn to go with the flow


Pre-planning every minute of your adventure isn’t going to work out for you. Learn to let go of your fears and surrender to the flow of travel. Let your journey take you where you’re supposed to go. Surrender yourself to destiny.

9. ‘Too good to be true’ is a real thing

follow your instincts
If someone offers you an unbelievable deal, be wary. Scams are rife and you should definitely be wary of them while you’re traveling. Keep your wits about you, be alert but not alarmed and always, ALWAYS follow your instincts.

10. You can never see it all

enjoy your first trip
Which is why your first backpacking trip should never, ever be your last. Appreciate it, and make every second count!!

Make your first travel experience MEMORABLE !!

Beauty Travel Hacks – How To Take Care Of Your Skin While Traveling?

Travelling can ruin your skin in a big way, especially when you’re traveling from one city to the other having stark temperature differences.

While traveling, you’re prone to exhaustion, ignorance, improper diet, hectic schedule and changing the weather. These are a deadly combo when it comes to ruining your glowing skin. You must follow your skin care routine while traveling to keep it healthy and fresh.

Travel beauty care

So here are a few smart tips – so that you glow like a star!!

1. Moisturize your skin.

Moisturize skinAlways use an intensive moisturizing cream on your body to combat adverse weather conditions. Direct sunlight or dry air can damage skin texture. This is one of the important steps in skin care routine while traveling.

2. Cleansing is a must.

cleansing faceWhile traveling, your skin attracts a lot of dirt and dust which get accumulated on your skin and cause breakouts. A cleanser will wash out all the muck and keep your skin clean and refreshed.

3. Keep your skin hydrated.

skin hydratedHydration will help your skin manage the stress and keep it looking beautiful throughout your trip. Drink glasses of water as much as you can.

4. Protect your skin from the sun.

skin protectionPut your sunscreen on before you go out to avoid being exposed to UVA and UVB rays.

5. Forgo the foundation.

use primer on skinSkip foundation on the day of your trip, and instead wear Primer and BB creams that puts a layer of protection between skin and makeup.

6. Mist With Mineral Water.

mister of mineral waterTo refresh makeup while traveling, never glob on more foundation or blush. Instead, use a mister of mineral water and add a dab of moisturizer/BB cream.

7.Comfort clothing.

Comfortable clothing
Comfortable clothing will save you from the horrors of irritation, itching, and rashes that could happen due to uncomfortable, tight clothes. You might engage in activities like trekking, games or simply roaming around and exploring the place. Therefore wear loose, comfortable clothes.

8. Oily Skin? Use Blotting paper or Toner Pads.

toning padsMost people experience oily skin while traveling, mainly because of the accumulation of dirt. Blotting papers come handy to remove that oil from the face. People with sensitive skin can use them easily as well.

9. Skip long-lasting Lipsticks.

use lip balmsSkip the long-lasting lipstick-They’ll only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Instead, apply colored lip balms throughout the trip and your lips will look “just-made-up” fresh.

10. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face.

dont use hands on faceTo minimize breakouts while you’re on vacation avoid touching your skin while you travel. You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems.

11. Get your beauty sleep.

beauty-sleepDab some super-rich night cream around your eyes and face which will help you look fresher and more relaxed when you wake.

 

 

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS IN YOUR TRAVEL BACKPACK.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS IN YOUR TRAVEL BACKPACK.

Not sure what to pack for your trip overseas? This informative article can help you compile a list of things that you need to carry while travelling abroad.

 

Here are few pointers to concentrate on :-

1. MAKE A CHECK-LIST

Make a checklist of all the important documents and papers you are expected to carry. Keep your passport, visa, plane ticket, personal ID, mobile phone(with charger) and few eateries ready. These are things you need easy access to during your departure and arrival, so pack them in your hand luggage.

2. CHOOSE YOUR LUGGAGE OR BACKPACK WISELY

Pick a luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. Make sure that the luggage don’t have any broken wheel,zipper or handle.

3. ORGANISE YOUR FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRY BAG

Don’t forget to put your health medicines in the bag along with first-aid stuff because nobody wants to suffer a punishing headache, high-climate fever, upset stomach during a holiday.
Toiletry bag should be filled with Toothbrush and toothpaste, Haircomb, Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF, Personal hygiene items, Prescription sunglasses, Sewing kit/clothing care kit, Travel towel, Hand sanitizer or wet wipes, Extra contacts, solution, and contact case.

4. PREPARE YOUR CARRY-ON BAG/HANDBAG

Prepare your personal item carry-on bag with anything you’ll want with you on the flight. Here we go with the items:-

  • Cash and credit/debit cards
  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask
  • Water bottle
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides.

 

5. HOME SECURITY IS MUST

If you’re going an extended trip, it’s essential to get your home in order before you go.

  • Arrange for care of pets, lawn, and plants
  • Pre-pay your bills (water, electricity, DTH, Wifi etc.)
  • Unplug appliances
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Store valuables in a safe place
  • Lock all doors and windows properly

6. ORGANISE YOUR BAG EFFECTIVELY

Pack clothes in groups- it’s easier to find what you need and unpack on the other side. Also, save bag space for all your holiday purchases.

7. WHAT TO AVOID?

  • Leave behind sharp objects like knives, scissors and blades.
  • Don’t pack any food or other perishable goods; it could get messy if they leak in your luggage.
  • To save some luggage space, you could wear one of your heavier jackets on the day you are boarding your plane.
  • Press your clothes with an iron box so it becomes easier to fold or pack them.
  • Observe restrictions on baggage.
  • Leave behind anything you feel is in excess to your immediate needs. You can always purchase the same abroad.

8. SOME EXTRAS

If your trip will take you to a variety of places, or transversely if you will be navigating off the beaten path, Pack these extras to travel smartly.

  • Sunnies
  • Going-Out Outfits
  • Going-Out Shoes
  • Swim Suits
  • Hat/Cap
  • Small Snacks
  • LightWeight Hair Dryer
  • Travel Charger/Power Bank

Bookmark this travel packing list because you’ll want to refer to it as your trip gets closer.