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Important must haves in the bags of travel enthusiasts

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Mar 2010

Here is what a few travel enthusiasts had to share with us when we met and asked about the important must haves in their bags when they plan a holiday.

The sheer joy of exploring the unexplored gives an adreline rush, and writing about it fulfils the joy of sharing my experience with others is how Rama describes her job as a travel writer.

But after being grounded for nearly a month, my feet are itching to get going, and thankfully I’ve take on an assignment to visit Rajasthan, the land of Palaces and rich culture.

However, before setting off, there are a few essentials that I always carry in my bag, which comes in handy at the least expected moment.

  • A traveler without observation is a bird without wings‘ – and so, you’ll find my notebook and pen to write down all I see and experience.
  • Binoculars, a must, if you ask me, even more than clothes.
  • Finally, comfortable footwear and a cap, since Rajasthan is a land to be explored on foot.

A doctor’s job is never done as they say, and I see it happening with me day in and out, exclaims Neeraj, a Dentist with his own private practice. After months of planning, I can finally put my feet up and look forward to the holiday ahead. All he wants to do is unwind and relax, maybe sit in the beach or take a lazy stroll along the streets.

The ideal holiday for him and his family, he says is Pondicherry. What does he pack, we wondered? Here are his essentials,

  • Blackberry phone and charger, to keep in touch with his patients via email. Says a doctor can never completely switch off from his work.
  • Casual wear and sunscreen to relax and soak in the sun, without burning his skin.
  • His digital camera with plenty of spare batteries to keep the photographer in him excited.

The next person we met was quite interesting, a backpacker, Girish. Today, he says more and more travellers across ages are setting off to explore the world independently- no set agenda, just get up and go. Pack the bag with these items and set off on the road to new adventures is how he enjoys it.

  • The one thing you cannot find in any guide book is “Common sense”. As a backpacker, you need to use your experience, know-how, and good judgment while travelling.
  • A compass in good working condition to help me find my way in case I am lost.
  • Flashlight or head lamp, with extra batteries, especially when going on a trek or into the wild

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