Every first time backpacker is drowned in the dilemma of what has to be packed, what has to be done and a gamut of other questions. Here are some mistakes which one can avoid on their first backpacking trip.
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1. Pack too much stuff
Always carry light. This is one big mistake you can avoid. Remember backpacks do not have trolleys and you will always have to carry your own bags so why carry too much stuff? One sweatshirt, one pair of slippers and a few pair of comfortable clothing (and of course necessities) is all you need for your trip.
2. Avoid wearing jeans
Denim during travelling could be uncomfortable in any season. It not only itches in the sunny climate but also takes a lot of time to dry in the rains. Instead, go for comfortable track pants or leggings or dry-fit material clothing that can be re-used during the trip and becomes convenient to travel in. Also remember, not to take good or expensive clothing as they could become dirty or get soiled by the end of the trip.
3. Don’t anticipate, just participate
Do not get stuck with one itinerary, rather go with the flow. Do not be disappointed if things do not happen according to your will. Have a flexible mind and you will receive much more than expected. After all, there’s no fun when there are no surprises. Let the trip teach you lessons and give you an experience you will never forget.
4. Check the weather forecast
They say it is better to be safe than sorry and yes it is true, thanks to global warming which makes the weather so unpredictable. It has become necessary to check the weather of any region or place you are travelling to. It not only helps you decide your outfit or equipment to carry but also the condition in which you would have to travel.
5. Budgeting Backpacker
Plan your budget accordingly to the number of days and the activities or the things you would want to buy in certain places. Always keep some money for safety or emergency purposes. Also, it is important to have some hard cash as you may not find ATMs everywhere.
6. Go for social comfort
Since you’re a backpacker and your main idea is to curtail your expenses and make the most use of your funds and time, go for a socially comfortable stay rather than expensive hotels or guest houses. Make total use of hostels and meet new people from varied cultures where you can discuss activities and explore more during your travel. You can also look for places online which will give you the same amenities for a lower rate.
7. Appropriate footwear for a hike
For any trek or hike, it is important you wear comfortable shoes, especially the ones that can be used in all types of weathers and terrains. Do not use footwear straight from the box before any hike or trek. Rather get comfortable in them before the trip. This can protect you from shoe bites or rashes.
8. Book tickets way before time
If you wish to travel by flight or train, especially within India it is advisable to book tickets a few months in advance. India has vacations three times a year that can lead to a hike in fare prices. Make your reservations earlier, especially if you wish to travel during the peak season.
9. Carry your own water
You can save so much of money if you carry your own bottle around. You can keep refilling your bottle and stay hydrated during your trip. Even as you hike it is convenient to carry your own bottle of water rather than depending on others.
10. Do not be shy
The beauty of travelling and especially solo travelling is that you get an opportunity to lead a life that can be completely different from your daily routine. At every stage, you get to meet a dozen of people who are so very different from your culture. This can help you build your social personality which can make you an expert in interaction and boost your confidence. Hence, do not miss this opportunity and utilise it to the fullest. Learn about different cultures and let it create unforgettable memories.
So leave the stereotypes attached to any place or region behind and take this trip. Do not be afraid to commit mistakes because you will never stop travelling. Learn from them and take the utmost chance to discover different ideas and aspects
Text By- Ravina Banze
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