The minute you mention ‘travel’, some bright blighter would tell you, travel light. Minimum luggage is the magic term, another will say. Entirely true, you’d have realised if you travelled at least once and suffered dragging your heavy backpacks through many bad roads. But there are the basic essentials you can’t do without, and you wish you had taken, instead of a second pair of jeans. Let’s get to some of those basics here.
l Even after you are back from a journey, do keep the basics in a backpack — the tooth brush, paste, towel and medicine kit included. Tissue papers, ear plugs, everything in there that you could blindly take and leave with, next time there is a spontaneous little trip
l No one thinks of this but a scarf is really handy — it can help when you get a cold, it can cover you up on cold nights, you can sit on it too.
l Carry a couple of paper bags — you would thank yourself for this foresight on a day you might want to puke, or when you need to pack off your dirty/wet clothes during the trip.
l Experts tell you that you should pack only half the clothes you plan to take (unless of course you are already good at this). You won’t need it, you will probably buy new stuff where you go to. Also roll your clothes, don’t fold it, saves space. And leave extra space in the bag, you will need it.
l The essentials where you can reach them easily: your wallet with the money and debit/credit cards, phone and charger and a list of emergency contacts...