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Travel Essentials for a Bachelor’s Trip'

Shahnaz Husain

Traveling for business or vacation, you do need to think about the travel essentials. Then there is Adventure travel too. Many men like going camping, trekking or climbing.
 It can be an exhilarating experience, but may need some preparation, like getting into shape and building up your energy and stamina. Apart from passports, tickets, travellers’ cheques or credit cards, which are absolutely essential, you will also need essentials for your personal care needs. Regardless of your reason for travel, remember that traveling light is definitely an advantage. You will need compact and portable luggage, like a spacious shoulder bag or backpack and two small, plastic lined cases.
Our suggestion to you is to carry a backpack instead of a handbag. Backpacks are comfortable because you put them on and then forget about them. They also distribute weight evenly across your shoulders, unlike handbags which are heavily dependent on a single side at a time.
Backpacks are definitely more spacious than handbags. Your hands remain free to carry your documents or hold something while walking
What about the items you must pack, whether you are traveling for business or a holiday? Don’t forget your charger. In fact, one of those travel cord case organizers is a big help. It does not occupy much space, but keeps your wires and cords untangled. You can also get yourself a travel kit to carry some personal care needs, so that you can ensure you stay fresh and well groomed while on the move. The travel kit may have an after-shave lotion, shampoo and moisturizer. You may spend a major part of your time out in the open, in the sun. So remember your sunscreen. Apply it 20 minutes before sun-exposure. The effects of sun-exposure are more profound by the water or near snow, because they are reflective surfaces. If you are by the seaside, try to avoid the beach between noon and 3 p.m. Carry a broad spectrum sunscreen and before going out in the sun, apply it 20 minutes before sun-exposure.  If you are out in the sun for more than an hour, re-apply the sunscreen. Use a high SPF of 30 and above for sensitive skin.
By the beach or the hills, exposure to the sun, wind, or cold can really dry out the skin and can even cause skin-sensitivity. So, moisturizer and lip balm would also be useful.
Be prepared for the weather by carrying appropriate clothes. Of course, clothes will depend on the reason for travel. Casual wrinkle-free clothes, light weight shoes and sunglasses will be needed. Choose the right footwear for your needs, whether it is sneakers, trekking boots, walking or formal shoes.
Remember to take a cap or hat to cover your hair from over-exposure to the sun, wind or dust. You will need them if you are out motoring, boating or even walking.
You may not get water every time to wash your hands if you are traveling or it may not be possible for you to get up every time if you are in a flight to wash your hands. So keep wet wipes with you or anti-bacterial gel so that you do not catch any infections and feel clean while on the go.
Flying has become such a part of modern life that we often overlook the effects it can have on our bodies. Even during short flights, the air-conditioned cabin and air pressure changes can cause dehydration of the body and the skin. Airport lounges, hotels and even the car you use to transport yourself, are all air-conditioned, which actually draws out the moisture from our bodies through the skin. It is dehydration that causes lethargy, listlessness and fatigue after a flight. The lack of humidity also causes loss of moisture and vitality of the skin.
We hear so much about the “jet lag” phenomenon.  This happens mainly after long flights. Traveling across time zones at high speed can play havoc with the body’s normal cycle and schedule.  Sleeplessness, loss of appetite, indigestion, headache, disorientation, mood changes, even depression have been reported, as symptoms of jet-lag.  However, there are ways in which you can minimize the effects of jet-lag. Wiggle your toes and make circular motions with your feet, while sitting during your flight. Occasionally take a walk down the aisle. Eat light meals during the flight. Salads and fruits help to ward off symptoms of jet-lag. Drink plenty of fluids, but no alcohol. Water and fruit juices will help to prevent loss of body fluids.
Without a nice pair of sunglasses, all of your vacation clothes are incomplete. A good pair of travel sunglasses should be long-lasting, have a distinct look, and be able to filter harmful UV rays.
Polarized lenses are a good choice for your vacation since they decrease glare, while various coloured tints perform better in other situations. Check that the frame is not overly tight, but rather comfortably snug. Investing in a classic style, such as the aviator or wayfarer, is always a wise decision.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi