February 16, 2019

Packing for a day trip #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

There are two types of travel junkies in the world
The spontaneous firebrands, who with their come-what-may attitude, believe in throwing themselves into impromptu trips, and those who like to be prepared and plan ahead for everything life and travel may throw their way.
When it comes to day trips, I prefer to belong to the latter category.

Having said that, here is a listicle of essentials that I would pack for a day trip.
What you primarily need to carry is a medium to large sized duffel bag that you can preferably sling over your shoulders. A backpack or a large hand bag may also suffice. Make sure these have zippers and at least a couple of compartments in order to to keep the contents safe and handy.
  • Sunscreen - Absolutely essential especially if it’s summer. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more, depending on the weather.
  • Medicine box - Don’t forget to pack in the medication that you are on, in case you are on any.. Also, throw in a couple of band aids, an antiseptic, an anti-diarrhoeal and an anti-emetic just in case of emergency. Saves you the trouble for going in search of a pharmacy.
  • Snacks/munchies - Granola bars make for a great snack for road trips. They provide the required calories and are also healthy and nutritious.
  • Kindle reader/book - so that you can read that lovely book you are dying to finish.You can either carry your carefully thumbed physical copy of your current read, or if you like to carry your entire library along, then the kindle would be your preferred. However, now with the kindle app, you can also read on your phone. But this will only mean consuming phone battery a lot faster. 
  • Phone - a must have to always stay connected even while on the go. Just in case you want to check your mail, send that urgent text, or make calls while on the go, 
  • Camera - Depending on your photography skills,you can either carry a SLR, a DSLR, or a Nikon handycam. If you believe in real light packing, then you can also settle for the camera on your phone.
  • Charger cables - for your phone and kindle reader. 
  • A fully charged power bank - to charge your phone when it runs out of charge. 
  • Sunglasses - to protect you against the harsh rays of the summer sun and also to add that added style quotient to your day-time look.
  • Travel brochures - If you’re in a new city, travel brochures can be collected at the railway station, airport, and even at the concierge’s desk at the hotel you are staying.
  • Itinerary - Make a short itinerary for all the things/places you want to see during the day trip, along with the distance and time it takes to reach there from base. Then number them accordingly according to location. Keep the itinerary handy so that you don’t waste time and fuel due to haphazard travel.
  • Wallet - Always keep loose cash, in case of places that do not accept cards
  • Keys - Home keys, because  wherever you go, you’re coming back home. Car keys, in case you’re driving.
  • Tickets - If you have to switch a bus/train/plane.
  • Ear plugs - to plug into your music and get away from the frivolous banter of chatty co-passengers. Sometimes you need your mind space.
  • A spare tea shirt - For emergency situations of ketchup spills and baby vomit.
  • Box of tissues - always comes in handy. Keep a box of wet wipes preferably. They are refreshing and smell real good.
  • Hand sanitiser / lotion - to kill all the microbes that are traveling with you. 
  • And last but not least, ID card and/passport - in case of emergencies, especially while traveling to unknown places. Also these are legit proof of your existence on the surface of the earth. So carry them along!
Phew! That's about everything you need for a safe day trip.
With these packed in your duffel bag, all you now need to do is sling it over your shoulder and head for the road.

Remember, adventure is out there!

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Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

Thanks for this list. I too have a similar list which i tick off whenever a new travel plan arises. Most of this comes in that.

vidhya said...

Books are the best passtime when it comes to travelling. Also do not forget to carry a diary and pen

"Anny" The Anurag said...

I usually have the lost before going out
Thank you remonding me again just before my Goa trip

Nice post

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Anonymous said...

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Siddhi said...

My books and green tea are much needed in my travel kit. No matter if I have to go to my

Ms Arora said...

Indeed a helpful post !

kanu said...

I believe in Planning too when it comes to travelling and most of items i have in my checklist too..Love the Cover photo and the quote asscoiated. How true :)

Snehal Joshi said...

helpful post ! liked it for its completeness.

Aritro Chattopadhyay said...

Green tea is MUST in my bag. It helps me a lot in detoxification process.

Sindhu Vinod Narayan said...

That's a great post listing the things to be taken for a day trip sure would be helpful to many

anupriya said...

Aah I found somebody who carries their kindle everywhere along with them. My list of must carry items exactly matches yours. Yay!

vartika said...

@supersocialbiz @misra_amrita @drbushra_aatw @instacuppa #SuperBloggerChallenge #instacuppa Thats an illustrative list, beonga globetrotter, I have a similar list

Aritra said...

The list is truly helpful and a travel thermos is a great companion for sure.

Vidhya Thakkar said...

I always have books and some khakhraa with me

Unknown said...

The list is just apt! One thing I would like to add is a cap or a hat as it's so damn hot here in my part of the world!!!