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Your Ultimate Guide for Adventure Travel

The Nuances of Adventure Travel: The Ultimate Guide

Adrenaline must be flowing through your veins with the wish to glide in midair, dive deep into the sea, or climb rough terrains to admire the valley beneath as you prep up for that adventure travel trip. Although it’s time to turn a fantasy into reality, there are fine lines in adventure travel that can turn it’s might to misery. Worry not, as we bring you some tips which will guide the travel enthusiast in you in the quest for the ultimate adventure!

#Pack light

The first rule of thumb for any adventure is to loosen the straps that would otherwise feel heavy on your shoulders. Easier said than done, but ignore the voice in your head that calls out to Zara or H&M. Keep your clothes to the bare minimum and carry all essentials like a backpack, a sipper, a pair of comfortable hiking or walking shoes, a flashlight, first-aid, medication, insect repellent, toiletry bags, sun block, some packets of small light bites, and the all-important power bank (with adapters!). While packing, use cable organizers to avoid any detangling. A money belt also does wonders in protecting your walk-around-cash and cards. Remember to pack a generous supply of Ziploc plastic bags. You’ll understand their worth when you have to separate your wet clothes from the dry ones. Pack all required items in a big yet rugged duffel bag instead of a suitcase.

Always stash some cash in secret spots like socks, toiletry bag, or concealed compartments in your backpack. The extra cash will come handy if you lose your wallet, or when your cards or ATM machines stop working. Remember to never touch this treasure trove unless necessary.

#Organize important documents

Aside from all the jokes, your travel of any kind involves seriousness in terms of your important documents. Organize your passport, visa, tickets, drug prescriptions, and other such things which will make it easy for you to quickly sort out any formalities. Also, it never hurts to keep a few extra photocopies of your important documents. Passport organizers can be of great use to an adventure traveler.

#Break the language barrier

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Do not let any differences in language and cultural barriers come in your way while travelling. This is where extroverts can shine through by improving experiences through socializing, which can also come in handy to get yourself out of any tricky spots. Go to local markets, talk to natives, and eat local food.

#Capture moments

Amid lofty mountains or sandy beaches, capture your moments with your phone cameras, selfie sticks, or DSLRs. Photos are a great way to revisit places and become nostalgic, which could motivate you to embark on another adventure

What are you waiting for? Begin your escape from the ordinary.

Build your Toiletry kit

Going on trips doesn’t mean you have to let go of your grooming routine and your favourite products. In fact, when you are travelling, you definitely need to have your trusted and dependable products with you. What you need is a great toiletries pouch that not only fits the essentials but also keeps them neatly organized.

Did you know, the first toiletry pouch was developed by Charles Dopplet during World War I and was made out of leather? Toiletry pouches (also called the Dopp kit) have been popular among travellers since its inception, and have made travel easier for innumerable travellers.  The toiletries pouch, that we know now, has undergone several changes to suit the needs of the travellers. Gone are the days of bulky, heavy and easily damaged toiletry pouches. The new age toiletry pouch is light-weight, durable and available in various designs and colours to suit your personality.

How to select a toiletry kit?

The first and foremost aspect to consider while buying a toiletry pouch is assessing how many grooming accessories you need while travelling. Your basic grooming essentials and a few extras should take up most of the space in your kit.

Pro Tip: Use small refillable bottles for your shampoos/conditioners. Small travel size packs work best for tooth paste and all liquids.

With all airlines putting strict restrictions on the luggage weight, a light-weight toiletry pouch made of a light airy material comes to the rescue. Plastic bags, though light-weight, are not sturdy enough to carry sharp items and are prone to tearing. One major disadvantage plastic bags have is retaining moisture in the bag, which can lead to bacterial and fungal growth on your products.

Pro Tip: Avoid plastic bags as much as possible for ecological reasons and to avoid any problems while travelling to places having strict laws for use of plastic.

The biggest factor which separates a good toiletry pouch from a bad one is whether it is water resistant or not. With the toiletry pouch being used in the bathroom excessively, it is bound to have some water splashed on it. A good water resistant pouch not only keeps the products in it dry, but also remains dry, and hence, is easy to pack in a bag.

Now-a-days most toiletries pouches offer a hook or loop to hang it behind the bathroom door. This saves a lot of counter space and also keeps the pouch away from water on the basin counter.

What to pack in a toiletry pouch?

Everyone has their set grooming routine and particular products and brands.  However, there are some absolutely essential products which all travelers need to incorporate in their toiletries kit.

Absolute necessities –

  • Small Toothpaste and Toothbrush (preferably collapsible / foldable)
  • Shampoo and bath gel
  • Hair Brush or Comb
  • Hair Gel
  • Shaving/Beard care tools
  • Fresh Wipes
  • Deodorants / Anti-perspirants
  • Face wash and facial moisturizers
  • Nail clippers and tweezers
  • An extra pair of contact lenses, contact lens solution and eye drops
  • Roll on or travel sized perfume
  • A small pair of scissors

A Simple Guide to build an Efficient Toiletries Kit

How to pack your Toiletry Pouch?

There is no best way to pack your toiletries kit. Everyone has a different kit and different needs. However, here are some tips which can be used by everyone and make their travel hassle-free.

Pro Tip 1: Stow away a clear plastic zipper bag in the toiletry kit. Some airports may demand that you put in your liquid make up stuff in a clear sealable bag.

Pro Tip 2: Compartmentalize your toiletries. This will help you stay organized. It will also help you keep any leaks or mess located in one compartment.

So what are you waiting for? Start shopping and building your personal kit! #StayGroomedOnTheMove

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